As temperatures drop all across the country, homeowners will find themselves scrambling to protect themselves from the cold weather outside. This is also a problem for our pets, and it's our job to make sure they're comfortable and safe from the elements. Let's discuss a few areas of home comfort for pets that you definitely can't skip over this winter season.
Different Pets, Different Problems
Most pets who are freely running about — primarily dogs and cats — are comfortable at the same temperatures that we're comfortable with. There are exceptions, of course, but this is a general rule that is safe for many furry pets. For others, such as reptiles, birds, etc. that are kept in some type of enclosed environment, their cage, aquarium, or other type of enclosure will typically come with its own devices (heating lamps, for example) to help them stay warm.
While many dogs and cats will be perfectly fine with the same temperature settings that keep you comfortable, it's important to consider the thickness of their fur. Animals with thick fur will have an easier time dealing with the colder temperatures, whereas short-haired breeds will get cold a lot more quickly. You also need to consider the age and health of the animal, which may make them more susceptible to colder temperatures.
What You Can Do for Your Pets
Keeping your pets warm during the winter season will depend on the factors listed above. As a general rule, the thermostat should be set at 69 to 72 degrees when you're at home. Pets with thicker fur will appreciate the lower setting. With pets who are skinny, have less fur, or suffer from health issues, picking up a sweater will work wonders.
Home comfort for pets should never be overlooked, especially when the temperatures outside fluctuate and may put them into a precarious situation. To learn more about how you can keep your pets safe, or if you have any other home-comfort questions, reach out to the experts at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating and Air. We've been servicing the HVAC needs of north San Diego since 2002.