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HVAC Tips for Your Pet During Extreme Weather

As a responsible pet owner, it’s important to ensure the safety of your furry friends in your home. Whether you have a dog, cat, or any other animal, it’s crucial to be aware of any potential hazards that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems may pose. By taking some precautionary measures and being mindful of seasonal do’s and don’ts, you can guarantee the safety and happiness of your pets even when you’re not around. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your pets comfortable and secure in your home.

Be Mindful of Extreme Heat or Cold

Animals, like humans, can suffer in extreme temperatures and become sick or exhausted.

It is common knowledge that animals have natural abilities to cope with extreme temperatures better than humans. Although they are naturally resilient, it is vital to keep in mind that they cannot communicate when they are struggling with the weather. It can be costly to leave your heating and cooling systems on while you are away from home. Therefore, it is essential to decide on an appropriate temperature to maintain in your house.

During summer, pets like dogs and cats tend to shed and pant more to beat the heat. You can adjust your HVAC systems to energy-efficient levels when you’re not at home to help them cope. A temperature range of 78-80 degrees should be fine for most pets during this season. 

In winter, pets usually grow thicker coats to keep themselves warm. However, short-haired breeds may be more sensitive to extreme cold. Avoid reducing the heat drastically when you’re out, as sudden drops in temperature can affect your pet’s health. A temperature range of 66-68 degrees should suffice.

For reptiles, snakes, or other non-conventional pets, it’s best to consult a veterinarian for optimal home comfort levels. 

Always Use Vent Covers

To prevent your pets from entering and getting stuck in the vents of your HVAC systems, use vent covers at all entry and exit points in your home. Make sure to deny access to any areas that could pose a safety hazard. If your equipment doesn’t have covers, contact an HVAC provider to install them. 

Keep Your Pets Away from Heating and Cooling Equipment

It’s crucial to keep your pets away from your heating and cooling equipment, as their interaction with it can cause injury or damage to the equipment and your household. Prevent access to these areas by fencing them off, teaching your pets to stay away, or locking doors. 

Here are a few ways to safeguard your HVAC equipment:

  • Do not allow pets around equipment unattended
  • Block or fence off areas where dogs and cats can enter and become stuck
  • Teach animals to keep away from certain areas in your home
  • Lock basement doors and rooms with heating and cooling equipment

To ensure your home is pet-friendly, follow the tips mentioned above and seek specific instructions from your veterinarian. Regularly inspect your home for potential threats and contact us for a home safety inspection if you need expert advice on how to better protect your pets and HVAC equipment  contact us today 

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