It is the middle of Summer, and you are melting! This is a typical side effect of extreme heat and affects your beloved pets and their well-being.
If you are a person who does not own any pets, then it is perfectly acceptable to keep your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature when you are home and then turn it down when you are not home to save on energy costs.
Unfortunately, if you are a pet owner, then this can affect the health of your furry friend, so it is always best to keep your thermostat set to a comfortable temperature when you are not home.
In this article, we will discuss why your animal needs to be kept cool and signs to look out for to tell if your pet is getting too hot.
The Difference Between Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats have slightly different needs when it comes to the effects that temperature has on them.
Dogs for instance, often need to be kept cooler than cats as they are a lot livelier and tend to create a lot more heat than a cat would. If your animal has high amounts of energy and tends to pant a lot, then it certainly is a good idea to keep your home a little cooler.
Cats are typically smaller and not as energetic as dogs and are alright to be left in temperatures that are a little warmer. Remember though, that even if you only own cats, it is still advisable to keep your thermostat set at approximately 27 degrees so that they can stay comfortable when you are not there.
Tell-tale Signs That You Need to Make the House Cooler
Your animal’s behavior will tell you if they are uncomfortable.
Here are a few ways in which to tell if your animal is too hot:
- Your pet may lack energy and seem sluggish.
- Your animal likes to sit near the vent while your HVAC system is running.
- In bad cases, extreme panting and labored breathing.
The Ideal Temperature for Your Furry Friend
Dogs and cats are covered with fur which causes them to retain more heat. If you are comfortable in your home with the setting that your HVAC is on, then your animal is probably comfortable as well.
The best practice is to keep the thermostat set to around 25 degrees Celsius when you leave the house so that they can continue to keep themselves cool.
Old and Sickly Pets
An HVAC unit can do wonders for your sickly or elderly pet, and it is a good idea to keep your unit running for them while you are not at home.
A pet that is already elderly or has health conditions is unable to properly cool itself down making it an easy target for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.
Keep Your HVAC Unit Maintained for Both You and Your Pets
It is in your family and pets’ best interests to keep your HVAC unit regularly maintained so that it can keep running optimally during both the hottest and coldest months of the year. A yearly maintenance schedule is the best way to make sure that you and your pets are always comfortable.
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