Pets And Air Conditioning
Summertime in SW Florida guarantees bright, sunny days; but it also brings intense, sweltering heat. Cities such as Cape Coral and Fort Myers have experienced temperatures upwards of 90 degrees nearly every day this past month.
So, it’s no surprise so many pet owners are concerned for their furry friend’s well-being! After all, pets are like family, and for a lot of people, pets ARE family.
Many people worry about the high temperatures when in fact, it’s not just the heat that can harm your pet, it’s also the humidity.
Pets Need Air Conditioning
Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat. Instead, they cool down by panting. Dogs cool their bodies using the evaporation of moisture from their mouth and tongue.
By breathing in cooler, external air and exhaling hot air, dogs can effectively regulate their body temperature. When humidity mixes with heat, these conditions prevent this mechanism from occurring resulting in your pet getting too warm.
That’s why it’s more difficult for dogs to cool themselves down when it’s humid. The moisture in the air keeps them from panting effectively.
To ensure your pet is safe, watch for these symptoms that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive drooling
- Rapid pulse
- Muscle tremors
- Lack of energy
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden collapse
Keep Pets Cool With Air Conditioning
Your furry family members are, well, furry, which means they retain more heat. Whether you are home or not, we recommend keeping your home at 78 degrees. In this way, your home will remain at a comfortable temperature without adding too much wear and tear to your cooling system or draining your wallet.
For older or sick pets, we advise dropping the thermostat down an additional degree or two. Health conditions compromise their immune system and their ability to cool themselves down, making them more susceptible to a heat stroke.
These tips will ensure your pets are comfortable, safe, and happy.
- Keep your pets hydrated with fresh water regularly. This helps cool their core body temperature and keeps their organs functioning properly.
- Avoid the intense heat by going for walks early in the morning or after dusk.
- Take extra caution during playtime. Dogs can have a hard time understanding what too much activity is and can easily exhaust themselves.
- Consider a water dispenser so they can drink as much water as they need.
- Keep your thermostat set to at least 78 degrees whether you are home or away.
- Ensure your air conditioner is working efficiently by having routine maintenance twice a year.
- Upgrade to a new, efficient cooling system when your current one nears the end of its life. Using an inefficient cooling system can put your pets (and wallet) at risk.
Air Conditioning Helps Pets
Keep in mind that an animal’s temperature needs will vary from one pet to the next. It’s important to keep an eye on their behavior no matter the temperature.
If your pet tends to hang out near the vent while the AC is running, this is a good indication the AC should be left on for them when you’re away from home.
If they seem sluggish and lack energy (especially if they’re usually energetic and playful), turn your thermostat down to see if a cooler temperature revives their spirit.
Maintain Your Air Conditioning
Even if your pet doesn’t exhibit signs that it’s too warm in your home, your AC might be. The best way to keep your AC in optimal condition, keeping you and your furry family member comfortable, is to schedule regular maintenance service. Contact us to schedule or AC Repair, (239) 693-9005