Indoor Heating Considerations for Homes with Pets

Indoor Heating Considerations for Homes with PetsUnless you’ve got Alaskan Malamutes at home, you may need more indoor heating for your pets. Some breeds of dogs and are acclimatized to cold temperature climates, but if your pets prefer Florida’s hot summers, you may need to bump the temperature up when temperatures drop.

Ideal Indoor Temperatures for Pets

On the whole, cats like the temperatures to be warm. They can tolerate weather over 100 degrees F comfortably, so keeping your home in the low to mid-70s is tolerable for them. If you like it cooler, whether it’s for your own comfort or to save energy, lay some blankets on the chairs or floor. They’ll use their heat-seeking instincts to find warmer places in draft-free areas.

Small dogs need it warmer than large dogs, especially those with thin, wiry hair. The pets’ ages and health also make a difference. Young, older and sick animals need more warmth. You can supply more indoor heating by turning up the thermostat or giving them a heated pet bed. An ideal way to manage the temperatures is with a Wi-Fi thermostat

Specific temperatures for dogs are around 69 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Cats do well in temperatures from 78 to 80 degrees in the winter for heat-loving breeds and 60 to 68 degrees for breeds like Maine Coons that were bred for cold climates.

Cats seek out small, enclosed spaces and are as content inside expensive cat tents as they are inside the basic box. You can easily make cat box simply by cutting an entrance hole into the side of a box and placing a soft, towel or small blanket at the bottom.

Dogs don’t need the privacy that cats crave, but covering a piece of foam with soft fabric to put on the floor will keep them extra warm, especially if you have cold hard surface flooring.

If you’d like to talk to a pro about indoor heating and pet comfort, contact the pros at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We provide HVAC services for Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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