Have Pets? Here’s What to Consider while Setting your Thermostat

Have Pets? Here's What to Consider while Setting your ThermostatPeople love pampering pets, from Pugs to Persians. If you’re among the many, you’ve likely wondered a time or two about your breed’s heritage, and the best home temperature setting to keep you pooch or puss in prime condition. A number of factors affect your pet’s ideal home temperature. Luckily, it’s possible to ensure your pet’s comfort alongside your own while keeping your energy costs under control with a little help from your friendly local air conditioning contractors.

Factors to Consider for Perfecting Pet Comfort

  • How Big is Your Breed?
    With a higher surface-area-to-volume ratio, small pets have more skin through which to lose body heat compared to larger animals. So there’s more than one reason for all those teeny-tiny teacup doggie sweaters. Small breeds get cold faster. If you own one, it wouldn’t hurt to have a trusted HVAC emergency repair service on speed dial.
  • Does Your Pet Have Any Extra ‘Insulation’?
    Body fat does indeed play an insulating role, giving heavier pets added protection against the cold. (However this added weight isn’t healthy, so keeping your pet fit is advisable to counting on him packing away the pounds for winter warmth.)
  • Old Relic or Young Whippersnapper?
    As with humans, the very young, elderly, and sick are more sensitive to temperatures. Thus, young puppies and kittens, as well as aged pets, require warmer heating and cooling system temperature settings, as do pets with chronic joint conditions.
  • The Hairy Factor
    Pets with thicker, longer fur are generally more cold tolerant than those with thinner, shorter fur. On the flipside, they also overheat more easily (faster than humans). Short-haired or hairless varieties showcase the opposite tendencies, better handling warm temperatures and more easily becoming chilled.

Translating Facts into the Perfect Temperature Setting

Obviously, based on the above, there is no one-size-fits-all thermostat setting to meet the needs of every type of pet in every season. However, armed with the above information, you should be able to determine a good range.

  • Summer
    In the summer, staying within a range of 75- 78°F should help you meet the comfort needs of your pet. Keeping in mind the above information, if you own a large long-haired breed such as a Husky, Samoyed, or portly Persian or Siberian feline, closer to 75°F may be preferable. Elderly hairless or short-haired breed? Perhaps closer to 78°F. Going away for a spell? Don’t set your thermostat any warmer than 80-82°F to ensure pet safety and comfort. And be sure to include plenty of water and a place to cool off, such as a tiled or basement floor.
  • Winter
    In the summer, staying within the range of 69-72°F is best. As above, furrier, more rotund pets prefer cooler temperatures at the lower end of this range, warmer for youngsters and short-haired breeds. Going away? Keep settings above 60°F for safety and warmth, providing warm bedding and sunlight.

Ensure a home that is consistently comfortable for your pet, avoiding system down-time and emergency service with regular professional heating and air conditioning service and maintenance. Keep your system running efficiently with the help of H&H Heating & Cooling today.