If you have a beloved dog or cat at home, you know that the winter months can take a toll on them, just as they take a toll on you. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep your furry friends comfortable and ensure they remain safe throughout the colder months. Check out these HVAC tips to protect your pets this winter, courtesy of Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, and feel free to call us for all your heating and air conditioning needs.
Top 5 Temperature Control Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter
- Make Sure Outdoor Animals Are Protected: If you have a cat or dog who lives outdoors, the safest thing is to make sure they are brought inside when the temperature gets extremely low. In this part of the country, for instance, extreme winter weather can be unsafe for animals and humans alike. However, even if you do have an animal that lives outdoors all the time, try to check on them more often, make sure their shelter (dog house, etc.) is protected, and give them a little more food than usual, so they always have enough sustenance. Note: if you own horses or other animals that reside in a stable or barn, bringing them indoors obviously does not apply, but checking on their needs more often is still a good idea!
- Monitor Older Pets: Speaking of checking on your animals’ needs, it’s important to remember that winter is particularly harder on older pets. Watch out for old animals when the temperature drops, and make sure they seem to have everything they need (i.e. food, medication, a comfortable place to sleep.)
- Adjust Your Thermostat Accordingly: For animals who are young and old, the right thermostat setting is key to optimum winter health. Most pets can stay comfortable in a fairly wide range of temperatures, and if you have a programmable thermostat, setting it between 60-70 degrees during the day is sensible. When you come home from work, see how your pets are reacting to the temperature—do they seem agitated, are they slow and sluggish, etc. Just as thermostat settings vary for the needs of individual humans, they can differ from animal to animal too, so make sure to see how your pets react to any changes in your indoor climate.
- Put Sweaters/Socks on Your Dog or Cat: We know, your cat hates those booties you bought it, and your dog always tries to rip that sweater off. But for older animals or pets who are particularly sensitive to temperature, putting socks and sweaters on them during the wintertime can make a big difference. If your dog or cat constantly seems cold, consider giving them some layers. Nothing too embarrassing, now that the holidays are over, just something comfy and cozy for walks and hanging around the house.
- Pay Attention to Indoor Air Quality: Your pets are likely to grow a longer coat to stay warm over winter. In places like our home town of Buffalo, where it’s often chilly for months on end, that means you may notice a lot of pet hair and dander around the house. This can affect your indoor air quality, and cause breathing problems and allergy issues for everyone in your home. On top of this, even your pets don’t like stuffy or stale indoor air! If your animals or anyone else in your household is affected by poor indoor air quality in the winter, you may want to purchase an air filtration system or whole-house humidifier to protect your air.
To learn more pet-related safety tips, call Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling now at (716) 215-2678, or simply send us a message online.