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Ensuring Your Texas HVAC System Keeps Your Furry Friends Cozy

Whether you have a playful pup or a cuddly cat, maintaining a comfortable living environment is essential to their wellbeing. We all know how brutal the Texas heat can be, and your pets feel it, too. With just a few minor adjustments, your Texas HVAC system can play a crucial role in keeping your furry companions happy and healthy throughout every season! 


Monitor Furry Friend’s Behavior 

To determine the most appropriate steps to take, you’ll want to monitor your furry friend’s behavior. Since pets can’t communicate verbally (but how cool would it be if they could?), you’ll want to watch for these specific behaviors to know if your pet is overheating or feeling uncomfortably cold. 

Signs of Overheating

  • Excessive Panting & Drooling
  • Restlessness 
  • Red Gums & Tongue 
  • Unusual Lethargy
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Muscle Tremors 
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Glazed Eyes

Signs of Extreme Cold

  • Shivering
  • Reduced Activity 
  • Pale Gums & Tongue 
  • Ears, Paws or Tail Cold to the Touch
  • Loss of Appetite 
  • Shallowed Breathing
  • Frostbite on Ear, Paws or Tail


Maintain Temperature Comfort 

Most homeowners, especially those with a Texas HVAC system, often have specific temperature settings when no one is home to cut down on costs. Saving money is a priority that we all understand and appreciate, but it’s crucial to remember the well-being of any pets left behind during the day. During the summer, never raise your thermostat above 75℉. If necessary, consider investing in a fan or cooling pad to keep your pet comfortable while you’re away. During the winter, refrain from lowering your thermostat below 68℉ while you are away unless you provide a heating unit or extra blankets for your furry friend to snuggle up with.


Practice Proper Ventilation 

Proper ventilation serves a dual purpose by creating a cool ambiance for the entire family. It operates as a natural cooling mechanism, expelling warm and stagnant air from your living spaces and replacing it with invigorating fresh air. This process also contributes to sustaining comfortable humidity levels and minimizing indoor pollutants. Proper ventilation can be a valuable component of a comprehensive cooling strategy for a home, but in the humid San Antonio climate, it needs to be supplemented with other cooling methods.


Create a Comfort Corner

All pets will find a space within your home that they feel the most comfortable in. Transform this spot into their ultimate comfort corner that can cater to their needs during every season. Ensure that this designated space is equipped for temperature control when no one else is at home. Strategically position fans or heaters to keep it just right for your pet’s comfort. Consider placing cooling pads, heating pads, or blankets within this space for your pet’s convenience. Moreover, make water easily accessible to them so they can stay hydrated and regulate their body temperature as needed.


Manuel’s Best Friend 

Now that you know how to keep your pups comfortable all year round, you’re ready to be the best pet parent there is. We’ve partnered with the San Antonio Humane Society to sponsor two pets looking for their forever home! Cooper, a 2.5-year-old Retriever mix, and Raquelle, a puppy Terrier mix are our current pups of the month. Their adoption fees have been paid for by us, so you can have one less thing to worry about when bringing a new furry friend home!

If you’re interested in learning more about these adorable dogs, check out the SAHS Facebook Page for more information!

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Fabby Escamilla

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