Keeping a pet is a big responsibility. You want what’s best for your pet, and you want to keep it comfortable. It can be hard to tell if your pet is comfortable however, unless something is wrong. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that your pet is happy and healthy. If you feel the temperature in your home is too hot or too cold, a call to Classic AC Services can fix the problem.
If You’re Comfortable, They’re (Probably) Comfortable
Pets are comfortable at the same temperatures as their human companions. Just like people, however, each animal is an individual. Dogs and cats only sweat through the pads of their feet, which is not a very efficient method of staying cool. Pets also do not enjoy the full cooling effects of a fan, mainly if they are a breed with a dense undercoat. Finally, certain breeds, such as boxers and pugs, that have short snouts do not cool themselves efficiently through panting.
In the winter, breeds that have short coats or a sparse undercoat may be uncomfortably cold even in a home that feels comfortable to you. Older pets and very young ones are also more sensitive to temperature extremes. In addition to turning up the thermostat, you can make sure your pet has somewhere other than the bare floor to lay. If they aren’t permitted on the furniture, a pet bed or folded blanket can provide some much-needed insulation.
Surviving the Seasons
The first step in keeping your pets cool in the summer and warm in the winter is to make sure your heating and cooling system are in excellent working order. This order means that the vents are clean, the air is fresh and the temperature is comfortable.
Make sure your pet has several rest areas in the house. In the summer, he may prefer laying on tile or another bare floor. Spots that are shaded are also a popular choice. The reverse is right in the winter. Even with your home at a comfortable temperature, he will appreciate having a bed or other cushioned surface to get him off the ground. Many pets also enjoy napping in areas where the sunlight comes through windows or doors. Making some of these spots easy access ensures your pet will be comfortable.
You can’t assume that your pet will be comfortable just because he is indoors. While dogs and cats have similar comfort levels as humans, age, breed, and coat type can all influence their comfort levels. If you are concerned about keeping your home a comfortable temperature, make sure you call a professional to check your HVAC system. It could pay huge dividends.