When considering whether to install air conditioning, many pet owners want to know whether it is safe for their four-legged friends. In short, air conditioning is safe for pets when used with caution. You only risk getting your pet sick if you keep the temperature very low. There are no real risks to pets when it comes to installing air conditioning in your home, as long as you are being safe and sensible about it. In fact, air conditioning can be beneficial to both you and your cat or dog.
The Benefits Of Air Conditioning For For Your Cat or Dog
In the summer, our homes can quickly become hot and muggy. If you live in an apartment or flat in cities such as London, it can be difficult to escape the heat. The most obvious benefit of air conditioning is that it can provide some much-needed relief from the heat and humidity. In addition, a good AC system will filter and purify the air by removing allergens such as dust, pollen, and pet hair from the air. The improved air quality will contribute to a healthier living environment for both you and your pet.
Signs That Your Pet Is Struggling With The Heat
Some pets are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. It is important to know the signs and how to keep your pets safe during the summer months. According to the Royal Veterinary College, animals at higher risk of heat-related illnesses include; flat-faced breeds such as French Bulldogs and Persian cats, animals with pre-existing conditions, thick coats, or are either very old or young. It is best to avoid hot and humid environments, especially if your pet meets these criteria.
Some of the main signs of heatstroke in pets are:
- Panting or distressed breathing
- Increased heart rate and agitation
- Vomiting or diarrhea
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from heatstroke, it is best to get your pet to a cool, ventilated area. Offer them water and try to cool them down with a wet towel. It is important not to use ice-cold water as this will worsen the situation. Once you have taken these steps, contact a vet immediately.
Top Air Conditioning Tips If You Have Pets
- Never leave your pet at home for long periods of time, even if the air conditioner is running.
- Set your system to an ideal temperature to maintain throughout the day. Our units feature iFeel technology which senses the temperature around the room rather than around the unit and cools accordingly.
- Avoid sudden and drastic temperature changes, especially around dogs. It could be detrimental to their health.
The Importance Of Air Conditioning Maintenance
The biggest risk for your pets can be if you neglect to maintain your air conditioner regularly. Air conditioners collect dust and other allergen particles in the filtering system. These filters need to be cleaned regularly for the unit to continue to function at maximum capacity. Not only will this save you money on running costs but will also avoid circulating the same dust and dirt back into your home, which can be harmful to breathe in.
Talk to The Experts
With over 30 years of experience, we are true experts when it comes to air conditioning. At ACS, we specialise in internal water cooled air conditioning for restricted properties in London and the surrounding area. This means that our air conditioning systems do not require an external condenser and are suitable for apartments and Grade II listed buildings. If you’re looking to install air conditioning or would like to know more, get in touch today!
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