Keep Your Pets Comfortable with a Portable Air Conditioner and Heater

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Keep Your Pets Comfortable with a Portable Air Conditioner and Heater

Staff Writer · Apr 14, 2010

You’re not the only one in your apartment that can benefit from a portable air conditioner and heater. Your pets will enjoy cooling and heating as well, for both comfort and health benefits. Dogs and cats can overheat in the summer months in an apartment that has little or no cooling options. Ceiling and floor flans are not enough to cool down your pets with fur, but you may be looking to cut down costs on your energy bills. A portable air conditioner saves you money, and heats and cools your pets at the same time.

How It Works

A portable air conditioner and heater can be purchased with a single exhaust hose, dual exhaust hose or no hose at all. The hoses are used to bring air in the room and to expel hot air out. When you use it as a heater, the hose takes cold air out, a coil inside is heated and warm air is pushed back in the room. Each unit cools the room according to its cooling capacity, measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). You’ll need to buy a unit with more BTUs, for larger sized rooms. For example, a 5,000 BTU portable air conditioner and heater can cool a room that’s 175 square feet, and a 14,000 portable air conditioner and heater can cool a room that’s 450 square feet. Your goal is to find the right BTUs for the room that your pets will use the most.

Prevent Heat Stroke in Dogs

One sign of heatstroke in your dog is excessive panting. When your dog stays in a hot apartment all day long, he is susceptible to heat strokes. A portable air conditioner and heater is helpful to keep him cool, even when you’re at work. Buy one with a timer to turn it on and off when certain temperatures are reached, or for various times throughout the day. Keep your dog with you in the room you use the most, if possible, so that he can benefit from the air conditioner with you. If your dog has to stay in another room and you only have one portable air conditioner, you can wheel it to the room where your dog stays after your room is sufficiently cooled.

Stop Cats from Vomiting

Your cat needs a lot of help with keeping cool. She will lick herself in order to cool down, but that’s not effective when the temperatures get very hot, and if your apartment gets humid. Cats, like dogs, can have heat strokes. You can avoid this by cooling your cat down with a portable air conditioner. One symptom that often accompanies a heat stroke is vomiting. When you use your portable air conditioner and heater in the apartment, allow your cat to stay with you in the room.

All kinds of pets can benefit from your use of a portable air conditioner and heater. Keeping them warm in the winter time will prevent health issues as well.

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