If your house is too chilly, they will find a warm place to nap like your lap or near a window to bask in the sunlight.
One day, your 9-year-old son comes home with a bedraggled stray puppy. Despite your initial objections, it endears itself to you and becomes the newest family member. A week later, your 6-year-old daughter adopts a kitten that was “gifted” to her by one of her friends from a recent litter. Your peaceful and clean home is now full of fur and dander. Cat litter is all over the floor along with the residue of paper training a puppy. With veterinary costs, vaccinations, food, and ruined furniture, you will spend a small fortune on those animals that will be your best friends in a few years after your kids’ attentions are directed elsewhere. Pet owners know that a home’s HVAC system will require an extra effort to keep it running smoothly. More frequent filter changes and the services of a qualified HVAC professional will be needed. Keeping the pets healthy and comfortable in an air-conditioned environment also requires some extra considerations. Cats and dogs differ in many ways but have similar needs for healthy living. Both develop thicker coats in cold weather climates and that will protect them from the cold of the winter months. If your house is too chilly, they will find a warm place to nap like your lap or near a window to bask in the sunlight. More problematic are the warm summer months. Fans cool humans because we perspire but “Fluffy” and “Fido” don’t so the actual room temperature must be lowered by adjusting the HVAC thermostat down a few degrees. If you must leave them alone in the house it may be wise to install a programmable thermostat so they don’t suffer in the heat. And if you do leave, always make sure they have plenty of water and food.