During the summertime, you aren’t the only one feeling the effects of the heat — your furry (or feathered) friends are affected too. When you’re home, you probably have the thermostat set to a temperature that keeps you comfortable, but what about when you leave and your pets are at home by themselves?

Keeping your home at a cooler temperature shouldn’t just be for your sake, but also for your pet’s. Learn more about how air conditioning keeps your pets comfortable and healthy, and be sure to contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling for air conditioner repair or maintenance at your Oshawa or Durham Region home.

Ideal Temperatures

Your furry friends are, well, furry, which means they retain more heat. While you’re home, they’re usually comfortable with whatever temperature you have your air conditioner set to. If you leave, though, keeping the thermostat set to around 25–27 degrees Celsius will keep your pets cool enough.

This is a relief for most pet owners because it’s actually a few degrees warmer than what many deem a comfortable temperature for their home. You can safely keep your home set to a higher temperature to reduce energy use while you’re away, and your pets will be able to tolerate a few extra degrees of heat.

Humidity Is A Key Factor

While you may be most concerned about the temperature of your home while you’re away, another factor you should consider is the amount of humidity you have.

An animal’s natural cooling system is to pant. When humidity mixes with heat, these conditions prevent this mechanism from occurring and your pet can get too warm. A comfortable level of humidity in your home is about 40–50%. If it’s above this level, you can turn your thermostat down a degree or two so your pet can still pant to cool themselves off.

Keep Them Hydrated

Double-check your pet’s water bowl before leaving for errands, school, or work. Just like you, your pets need to stay hydrated throughout the day. This helps cool their core body temperature and keeps their organs functioning healthily.

Purchasing a water dispenser for your pet is a great solution for keeping them hydrated with less maintenance. It allows them to drink as much water as they need, and you don’t have to refill it as often.

Dogs vs. Cats

The type of pet you have also affects the temperature that you should keep your home at. Dogs usually need to be cooled off more often than cats because they create more heat due to their size and level of activity. If your dog is high-energy, it’s a good idea to keep your home cooler so that they can effectively cool down.

Cats, being much smaller and less energetic than canines, can be left in slightly warmer temperatures. Again, as long as the thermostat is set no higher than 27 degrees, your pet should stay at a comfortable temperature while you’re away from home.

Caring For Sickly Pets

If you own a pet that is obese, elderly, or is coping with some kind of illness, it’s best to keep your air conditioner on for them while you’re not home. These health conditions compromise their immune system and their ability to cool themselves down, making them more susceptible to a heat stroke.

Only when your pet’s veterinarian gives them a clean bill of health should you let the temperatures in your home rise a few degrees.

Signs It Needs To Be Cooler

With all of these tips, 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 when the air conditioner is on and when it isn’t.

If your pet tends to hang out near the vent while the A/C is running, then this is a good indication that it should be left on for them when you’re not at home.

If they seem sluggish and lack energy (if they’re usually energetic and playful), then check to see what your thermostat is set at. If it’s a little warm, try turning it down to see if a cooler temperature revives their spirit.

Maintaining Your A/C

Even if your pet isn’t exhibiting signs that it’s too warm in your home, your air conditioner might be. The best way to keep your air conditioning running optimally to keep you and your furry friend comfortable is to schedule yearly maintenance services.

Keep an eye out for signs that your air conditioner needs repairs as well, and contact Max Comfort Heating & Cooling if you discover any issues. We are available for air conditioner repair, maintenance, and emergency appointments at any time or day of the week.

Trust a Top Rate Local® Heating & Cooling Company to take care of all your air conditioning needs at your home in Oshawa or areas of Durham Region.