As a pet owner, you likely go to great lengths to keep your furry family member happy and healthy. When it comes to indoor heating, you may be wondering what temperature setting is best for your pet’s well-being. Various factors can influence the ideal temperature for pets, so it’s important to consider all of the following when deciding how to set your thermostat.
How Pets React to Temperature
The normal body temperature for cats and dogs ranges from 99.5 to 102.5 degrees, and just like humans, they don’t tolerate big temperature variations well. A dog or cat’s furry coat acts as an insulator that helps keep them warm when the temperature drops. Pets don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like we do, so they lower their body temperature in different ways when they overheat. Dogs pant to cool down, while cats groom themselves so evaporating saliva can cool them off. Additionally, you can also expect pets to react to your indoor temperature based on their:
- Type of coat. Animals with thicker or longer coats are more tolerate of the cold, but also more sensitive to warmer temperatures. Generally speaking, the opposite is true for short-haired pets.
- Size and weight. Cats and small-breed dogs get colder faster than larger pets. Chubby or overweight animals have an added layer of insulation that helps them withstand lower temperatures, but that extra weight can also make them overheat faster.
- Age and health. Kitten, puppies and older pets typically need a warmer environment. If your pet has a medical issue such as a heart condition, an overly-warm indoor temperature may worsen their symptoms or cause distress.
Choosing an Indoor Temperature
The recommended pet-friendly indoor winter temperature range is 69 to 72 degrees for periods you’re at home, and 60 degrees or above when you’re away or sleeping. You can use the different factors mentioned above to fine-tune your temperature control to suit your pet’s particular needs and comfort.
For more advice about optimizing your San Antonio home’s indoor heating to keep your family and pets healthy and comfortable, contact us at Beyer Boys.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).