We all have a favorite thermostat setting when we’re home. Some people like it cooler, and some people like it warmer. But what about our pets? When we’re not home, where should we set the thermostat? Here are some helpful hints to keep your furry friends happy when they’re home alone.
The Animal’s Coat
If you have a Newfoundland or a Malamute, you know how much they like the cold weather. Animals with thick, long coats and an undercoat prefer cooler temperatures throughout the day. Setting your thermostat to the mid-60s should keep them happy. Have a pet with short hair that prefers lounging in the hot sun? Bump up the temperature a bit to the upper 60s or even low 70s for these guys.
The Size of the Pet
Small pets, such as cats, hamsters, and small dogs, tend to prefer warmer temperatures. Their small size means they don’t retain as much body heat as the big guys. Keeping them comfortable probably means keeping your home at the same temperature you prefer, even when you’re not home.
The Age of Your Pet
Older animals have a harder time maintaining body temperature. This is also true of pets with health issues. If you have older pets, it’s a good idea to keep the temperature setting consistent throughout the day and night, even when the pets are home alone.
A good rule of thumb for your pets is to keep them comfortable whether, you’re home or not. It’s tempting to adjust the thermostat to save energy while you’re away, but it’s even more important to make sure our animals stay happy and healthy with a comfortable home when they’re alone. For more information on how you can take care of your pets and set the right temperature on your thermostat, talk to the team of energy professionals at G+S Heating Air Energy Services today.