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Introduction: How to Build a Dog House W/ Air Conditioning

How to air condition your dogs house

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This is my first instructable! yee haa!

This instructable will detail the dog house I built this summer. This dog house was built for two itty bitty fragile dogs as a safe haven from the bigger dogs and features:
-an air conditioner
-electrical outlet
-exterior conduit electrical
-large “people” access doors
-small “doggy” window and door
-treated lumber stilt foundation (no termites allowed)

“Rough” (some say lazy I say rough and efficient) construction methods were utilized, but dog house is durable and easily supports myself (190lbs).

Step 1: Designing and Costing

The first step was designing the dog house. The dogs using this house are very small so the major factor in this design was my size. This dog house is about as small as possible while allowing space for me to get inside and perform maintenance (filter changing, clean up, dog beds, etc.) or hide. These design sketches have pretty minimal dimensioning and consist of random presentation views, so they should be easy to tweek. If planning on going much larger, stilt (column) supports should be added in grid-like layout at least every 6ft in length and width directions.

Also included in this step was my cost analysis. This dog house cost about $300 (including the air conditioner) and 3 gray hairs.

Step 2: Column Foundation & Floor Frame

After designing and obtaining material, the next step is building the column foundation and floor frame. This seems like two steps, but I built the floor frame first so I could more easily tell where to dig the post holes. The floor frame was built to sketch with support studs at least every 16 inches. This floor frame was positioned on ground where dog house will be located and 1ft deep holes were dug at the left and right of it. The front 2 hole were dug back a bit from the front of the frame to allow for a small porch. The treated post were left a bit long to be trimmed later and the frame was elevated, roughly leveled, and fastened to posts. Frame is not very stable at this point, but additional fasteners will be added at wall frame and plywood steps.

Step 3: Rear Wall W/ Air Conditioner Support

The next step was building and installing the rear wall. The wall plywood was cut to sketch. Determine the height of the wall frame as shown in the 1st picture. There must be enough unsupported plywood extending above the wall to attached the roof supports later. Decide where to position the air conditioner while considering how the filter is removed. In this case the filter slid out the right side of the unit so it was easiest to make the supports hold the unit in the top left of the wall. In the second picture the rear wall frame is rotated 180 degrees for ease of measurement, cutting, and building. Then the wall frame was fastened between the 2 rear posts and the extra post lengths were cut off to the top of the wall. Next the window for the air unit is cut out and the plywood fastened to the posts and frame.

Step 4: Front Door and Window

Since the front wall contains the door and window, the plywood was cut first so the frame could be built around the geometries. The window frame overlaps the window by at least 1 inch with a cut-out slightly smaller than the wall cut-out to stop the glass from falling through. The window frame is fastened to the wall plywood and the glass placed in and fastened with silicone.

Step 5: Floor Plywood

The plywood for the floor was cut-out and fastened to the floor frame as shown. A few of these cuts were not square due to the “rough” construction methods utilized for this dog house, but the dogs have not complained. yet

Step 6: Remaining Wall Framing

The next step was framing in the remaining walls. Clearance was checked for the front window and door and the vertical side studs were widely spaced to allow for access doors later.

Step 7: Wall Plywood

Next the plywood for walls were finished and installed. The doors cut-out on the right wall were such that when closed they were both supported by the frame’s center stud. Note that the side walls are slightly lower than the frame to avoid the slope of the roof supports later.

Step 8: Roof Frame and Plywood

Then the roof was framed and plyed. The V-like roof trusses were built first. Then 2 of the trusses were fastened to the front and rear plywood. Next the length-wise studs were made long enough to cover the porch and the air unit and fastened to the 1st 2 trusses. Then the remaining trusses were fastened in place. After the frame was completed the plywood was cut and fastened. At this point the roof frame will not be square, but if squared on the bottom left and right of the frame the excess on the front or back can be cut off and used to make up the defficit on the front or back (shown in picture 4 & 5).

Step 9: Roof Tar Paper and Shingles

Then the roof was tar papered and shingled as shown and per manufacturer recommendations.

Step 10: Dog Door

Next the dog door was fabricated by stapling alternating 50% overlapping heavy duty clear plastic strips to a 2×4 and fastening the assembly above the inside of the door.

Step 11: Electrical

Then exterior conduit and wire were run from the “outside” breaker in the house to an outlet secured on one of the posts. If done over this would be buried to avoid dog chewing on conduit, which thankfully hasn’t happened yet.

Step 12: Silicone and Paint

Then the exterior was sealed with silicone and coated with paint. This white paint was later deemed “unacceptable” and updated to pink with purple trim to match the neighboring birdhouse, a look I am sure the neighbors love.

and about $300 bucks and six non-consecutive hours later. that’s it!
a safe haven for the little ones

ps. slapped some steps together with left over plywood for sides and 2×4 steps, but its not touching structure because its not treated.

We Were the First Air Conditioned Dog House!

Over fifteen years ago, Blythe Wood Works was the first dog house manufacturer to market air conditioned dog houses. It’s been a learning experience for us; the most important lesson learned – listen to the customers. They relayed to us that they desired an air conditioned dog house that had an air conditioning system with a better warranty and a longer life. Some customers wanted a dog house with AC only, others wanted their dog house with heat only and some desired both. There are geographical areas that have extremely hot climates, like Texas, Arizona, California and Florida, where the “huge” doghouses need more btu(s) during those 100 plus degree days.

Energy Efficient Unit

We investigated many different air conditioners by a number of manufacturers, and have chosen a 5,200 btu, ENERGY STAR rated unit that meets all of the requirements of our dog house with AC. It’s so efficient, when it reaches the optimum temperature, the entire unit shuts off completely, so no energy is wasted. We have tested and adapted it to fit our dog houses from the Large Cedar Dog House to our largest house, the Goliath Cedar Duplex and it performed flawlessly, cooling them in just 3 to 5 minutes. If someone requests the need for heat, we offer a full line of heated dog house pads. For those very cold climates, we have a thermostatically controlled electric dog house heater available, we even offer a discount if you need more than one. We’re sure you’ll find the prices of our dog house with AC to be the best available!

Easy to Install

When you order one of our dog houses, choose the option for the DogAire™ system if you’d like to cool your dog house. During the setup process the unit can be installed by the customer in less than two minutes. The unit connects directly to the house, there are no hoses, clamps or holes to be bored, and no hoses to chew on! We totally prepare your dog house for the AC unit at no extra charge.

Air Conditioning is Optional on all of our Dog Houses

How to air condition your dogs house

The DogAire™ can not be purchased separately from the dog house because we custom build the house with extra framing to stand up to the weight of the air conditioning unit. In addition, we build a custom platform to hold the air conditioner to the side of the house. When you order a dog house with AC, the finished house has a large hole in the rear panel where the DogAire™ will be installed.

Included in the cost of the DogAire™ is the extra labor and materials required for the air conditioning unit to be installed in the house, and which make it super easy for you, the customer, to install. Shipping is also included in the cost of the DogAire™. Since it can not be shipped ground by either FedEx or UPS, we build a pallet for it and strap it down so it can not be turned over or be mishandled in any way. It is shipped common carrier with your dog house.

For Even More Efficiency.

If you are considering an air conditioned dog house using the DogAire™ system, we recommend the insulation option, along with the Seal Safe™ door, especially for larger houses with multiple dogs. The DogAire™ will run more efficiently and the savings in electrical usage will pay for the Seal Safe Door™ in just two or three years.

FEATURES:

5200 btu
Energy Star Rated
Infrared Remote Control
No knobs to chew
No hoses to chew
On/Off Timer
Unit does not run continuously
Easy to access, slide-out filter is washable
Two (2) minute Installation

SPECIFICATIONS:

Cooling Capacity: 5,200 BTU
Power: 115volt Power
Unit Weight: 43 pounds
Dimensions: 12.5″ (H) x 18.5″ (w) x 14.5″ (D)
Maximum Airflow: 155 CFM
WARRANTY: 1 year
Noise Level: 38 db
EER: 10.7 (Energy Star Rated)
Fan/Cool Speeds: 3

Dogs are notorious for destroying your lawn and digging holes. But they can also do this to your air conditioner. For example:

Air conditioner damaged by dog urinating on it. Source: cspi2002 on YouTube

A dog (or multiple) decided to mark this air conditioner. And, as you can see, dog urine is quite corrosive.

If you have a newer AC, it likely has a heavy-duty protective grates. But even that won’t protect your AC from dog urine. It just hides it. Check out the AC below that was found by a home inspector.

Dog urine destroyed the coil under this AC’s grate. Photo source: Inspectopia

Damage like this can be expensive. Depending on the amount of deterioration, you have 3 possible outcomes:

  • You can leave it, but your efficiency will suffer
  • You’ll have to replace the condensing coil
  • You’ll have to replace the whole outdoor unit

Below, we’ll explain each of these outcomes in more detail and give some advice on when to choose each option. But first, you need to understand what it is that your outside unit even does.

What your outside AC unit does

The outside air conditioning unit’s primary job is to get rid of the heat your AC collected from inside your home. Here’s how it works:

  1. Hot refrigerant flows through a copper tube (called the condensing coil).
  2. A fan blows air over the coil.
  3. The air absorbs heat from the coil, cooling the refrigerant.
  4. The compressor pumps the cool refrigerant back into your indoor unit to absorb more heat
  5. Repeat.

Diagram of an outside AC unit from Inspectapedia.

Now, attached to the condensing coil are aluminum fins (that’s the grey part you see in the photo below). These fins help improve the AC’s energy efficiency by increasing the surface area of the coil. Increased surface area helps the coil dump the heat faster.

Damaged outdoor AC unit showing fins. Original image source: cspi2002 on YouTube

Now, let’s look at the different possible outcomes from dog urine damage on this outdoor unit.

Leave it and suffer decreased energy efficiency

If only a small area of aluminum fins (less than 25%) are damaged and the coil is not leaking, you may choose to just leave your AC alone for now.

While the fins are important (they increase energy efficiency), missing some of them doesn’t make the air conditioner inoperable.

So long as you do something to keep your dog from making the damage worse, your AC should continue to work fine. Of course, you will have higher AC bills. But they will likely be less than the cost of a new coil or unit.

Cost of damage: 2-10% decrease in energy efficiency

But if there’s damage to the coil itself, you may need to.

Replace condensing coil

The condensing coil is the metal tube you’re seeing when the fins have disintegrated.

Damaged AC showing condensing coil. Original image source: cspi2002 on YouTube

As we mentioned before, the condensing coil’s job is to get rid of the heat your air conditioner absorbed from inside your home.

You should replace the coil when dog urine has caused extensive damage to the coil or more than 25% of the fins are missing AND:

  • Your air conditioner is still relatively new.
  • A replacement coil can be found and installed for no more than 50% of what it’d cost to replace the whole outside unit.

Cost of damage: $600 to $2,000+ to replace coil

But sometimes you have to.

Replace entire outdoor AC unit

Replacing the whole outside unit is usually the best option when the coil needs to be replaced and at least one of the following is also true:

  • The air conditioner is old (10+ years) and near replacement age anyway
  • Replacing just the coil will cost more than 50% of replacing the whole outdoor unit
  • There’s no replacement coil available

Cost of damage: $1,500 to $3,000 to replace outdoor unit

How to keep your dog away from your AC

As you can see, dog urine can cost you hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars. Luckily, the solution is easy: keep your dog away from your air conditioner by installing a fence around it.

Caution: Most air conditioner fences are installed incorrectly. If the fence blocks airflow to the air conditioner, your air conditioner will work less efficiently. For that reason, we recommend that your fence be:

  • At least 3 feet from the air conditioner
  • Not solid, so air can flow through it

Here’s a good example we found at Lowe’s:

No Dig Powder-Coated Steel Decorative Metal Fence Panel from Lowe’s

Further reading:

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Our guide covers AC units to allow comfort within dog houses.

Dog house air conditioners and heaters can keep dogs comfortable and safe during inclement weather. Dogs cannot withstand the heat as well as humans because they have a hard time sweating with their limited sweat glands.

Dogs also have a difficult time staying dry in the winter and can suffer tremendously from not only cold weather but snow and ice. A dog house air conditioner and heater combo unit can keep outdoor dogs healthy and safe.

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Why Your Dog Needs an AC

Outdoor dogs need an AC unit in their dog house, or otherwise, they are likely to experience heatstroke. Nearly 50% of all dogs who suffer heatstroke will end up dying from the condition. Hypothermia can also lead to death, as well as heart problems, kidney failure, and neurological problems. Dogs should ideally live in temperatures between 45 degrees and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dogs have sweat glands on their feet but lack sweat glands on the rest of their body. This means that they have a difficult time regulating their body temperature when outdoor temperatures rise above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Humans have sweat glands all over their bodies and can better regulate their temperature. If your dog is an outdoor dog or spends considerable time during the day outdoors, then we recommend purchasing an AC for your dog’s dog house.

5 Best Dog House Air Conditioners Reviewed

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1. ClimateRight 2,500 BTU Portable Air Conditioner

Our Top Pick
BTU 2500
Volts 110V
Dimensions 13.5 x 15 x 19 inches
Noise Level 55 dB
Warranty Yes, one-year limited warranty

The ClimateRight Dog House air conditioner unit is our top pick for dog owners who want to make sure that their pooch is comfortable and cool during hot temperatures. This AC unit has a powerful 2500 BTU and can cool or heat up to 250 square feet.

This model is also lightweight and easy to install on the side of a dog house. It is compact and small, so it can fit on most dog houses. It requires a standard 110V electrical outlet and comes with a hookup kit for simple installation. It’s also a relatively quiet unit at 55 dB and won’t startle your dog.

This air conditioner unit is also portable, so it’s easy to reposition inside the dog house over time to find the perfect fit.

Susan wrote on Climate Right, “I have a German Shepherd that I keep outside primarily because my wife is allergic to it. In the summer he gets pretty hot. This product has made it much easier for me to leave him outside knowing that he’s comfortable.”

This model is an expensive unit, and dog owners will need to make sure it fits within their budget. Customers have also reported that the auto feature can fail on this AC unit. When the auto feature fails, the AC unit does not turn on automatically. This typically requires a part to fix or requires using the AC in manual mode.

This unit has a dehumidifying feature, which is particularly helpful for people who live in humid environments. Dogs can be affected by humidity as well, and it can be comfortable for them to dry out their dog house (as well as prevent mold). If you want a high-quality, powerful AC unit that can also provide heat for your dog, we recommend this unit.

We sometimes receive questions from our clients about problems that can occur with their ductwork. Specifically, “Can animals damage my ductwork?” The answer is yes. In fact, this is one of the more common ways that the ducts in a house can develop air leaks that will lead to a drop in energy efficiency and comfort. Let’s take a look at how animals can give your HVAC system a hard time.

Rats, squirrels, and raccoons

The biggest critter catastrophe that your ductwork can run into is from rodents such as rats, squirrels, opossums, and from raccoons. This is mostly a problem at this time of year, when these animals start searching for shelter from the cooler weather. Your attic and between your home’s walls are ideal spots to hide out if you’re a small animal, and ducts are perfect pathways for them to move around and even nest. These animals will quickly create large holes in the duct walls, and the amount of air that escapes will have a huge negative affect on your air conditioning and heating. If you start to detect unpleasant odors from the vents that might have a connection to animals, call for professionals right away.

House cats

This is both bad news for your ducts and your cat. If you have a house cat, the animal is likely curious about closed-in spaces around the home. This can lead to the animal trying to crawl into an air duct, often by prying up a vent cover or finding a way to squeeze behind walls. No, this isn’t a rare occurrence! You only have to type “My cat is stuck in an air duct!” into a search engine and come up with numerous hits on pet forums.

Of course, your first concern will be about the cat. If you call ductwork professionals, they can take care of getting your cat out of the system, using duct cameras to locate the animal and then finding a way to cut open the ductwork to free it. Afterwards, they’ll worry about the damage the panicked cat may have done to the ventilation system.

Call Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning for ductwork service in Highland, CA.

There is nothing nicer than coming inside on a hot, muggy summer day to feel the freshness of an air-conditioned home. Traditional air conditioners, however, are one of the most energy-intensive appliances in our homes. Only a couple feet underneath where you are standing, however, the air is always a comfortable 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If only it were possible to get that cool air from underneath your feet into your blistering hot home. Earth tubes offer a natural, ecologically sound air conditioning option to keep your home cool on even the hottest summer days.

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As with a number of aspects of our modern-day industrial civilization, we simply don´t know or understand the ecological costs associated with the comforts we have come to depend on. In many ways, ignorance is bliss and it is comforting to naively believe that a cool home on a hot summer day is a normal part of the landscape.

The distance between consumer, the origins of his or her consumption and the end place of his or her wastes facilitates this obliviousness to the true effects that our industrial lifestyles perpetuate. Unless you live near a coal burning plant in Kentucky or have nuclear waste buried beside the gravesites of your ancestors in Arizona, you probably have little actual connection to how the electricity your home uses is supplied or the end product of that energy.

The cool air that dries the sweat from our foreheads, however, is far from inoffensive. While some small, window-based air conditioners consume up to 500 watts, a large central air conditioning unit that many large homes and almost all businesses have is easily a 3500-watt appliance.

While you can cut back on your ecological footprint by trying to occasionally open windows or turn the thermostat a bit higher, the fact of the matter is that because most modern-day homes are so poorly designed, chances are that your home could resemble a small oven if you try to turn the air conditioner off. In recent years, heat waves have swept across different parts of the world. The summer of 2003 in Europe was one of the hottest summers on record. In Spain alone, over 140 people died as a result of the heat, mostly elderly people who were stuck in homes that heated up like ovens.

If the modern-day housing and construction industries embraced ecological design principles, much of the potentially dangerous heat from the summer sun could be avoided. Passive solar design makes it possible to block the hot sun from the summer months while allowing the winter sun to enter the home and add needed warmth. Unfortunately, the first step of most home construction is to level the site and clear any trees or vegetation that are “in the way.”

The Coolness of Caves

If you have ever spent time exploring a cave, you might have noticed that caves always seem warmer than the outside temperature during the winter and cooler during the summer. The actual temperature of caves depends on the average annual surface temperature of the place where they´re located. Carlsbad Caverns in Texas has an average temperature of 70 degrees while Crystal Cave in Wisconsin averages a much cooler 49-50 degrees. Might it be possible to move that cool air from underneath the soil into your homes to provide an alternative source of cooling air?

What Are Earth Tubes?

How to air condition your dogs house

Earth tubes, also known as ground coupled heat exchanger systems, aim to take advantage of the cool air beneath your home to keep your house comfortable during even the worst heat waves.

As we mentioned above, the temperature of the ground just a couple of feet beneath our feet is a usually a comfortable temperature anywhere between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. While some ground coupled heat exchanger systems involve complicated pumping of water throughout the system of tubes, a simple earth tube system simply requires plastic PVC plumbing pipe, and a small fan.

The entrance for the earth tube system is a piece of pipe that sticks up out of the ground somewhere outside your home. A minimum of 100 feet of pipe is buried several feet underground until eventually passing underneath your home foundation and into your home. You can then branch these tubes in several directions so that the tube system exits into different rooms that you want to cool during the summer months.

A blower is situated at the entrance of the earth tube system to move the air through the piped system and into the home. By burying a long portion of plastic tube underneath the ground, the cool temperature of the soil is exchanged with the warmer air that is entering the tube. Over the course of the 100 feet of pipe (or more) the air, through the physics of heat exchange, becomes cooler as the surrounding soil gets minimally cooler. The result is a comfortable flow of cooler air that enters your home without the aid of any sort of chemicals, compressors or fossil fuel dependent central cooling systems.

How to Install a Natural Air Conditioning System in Your Home

The exact specifications for your earth tube air conditioning system will depend on the specific climatic context where you live. If you live in Maine, for example, the average temperature underneath your soil will be much more pleasant than if you live in southern Florida.

As a general rule, the cooler your average annual surface temperature, the less amount of piping you will need. Since the temperatures of the subsoil will be cooler, you will also be able to get away with not burying your piping too deep. In the case of most cool weather climates, a two-foot depth should be more than enough to reach an optimal soil temperature to cool your home.

If you live in warmer climates, it is advisable to bury more pipe (between 150 and 200 feet) and bury it deeper. You may need to invest in a more powerful blower for the longer your piping.

Once you have your pipes buried, it is important to consider exactly where you want the cooler air to enter your home. The south-facing side of your home is where you will receive the most heat from the sunlight, and is a good candidate for at least one exit for your earth tube system.

Using the Earth to Cool Your Home

Why would anyone choose to cool their home with fossil fueled powered air conditioners when an infinite source of cool air is just below their feet? While remodeling an existing home for an earth tube cooling system could be expensive due to the digging and opening holes in your floor and foundation, the savings (both economic and ecological) will last a lifetime.

How to air condition your dogs house

While heatwaves are brutal for humans, dogs have it worse because they don’t have the option of taking off their fur coats. If Spot is miserable during the summer swelter, air conditioned dog houses are a thing, and you’re going to want to reserve one for your pup ASAP. With much of the country experiencing triple digital temperatures that make it feel like you’re living inside of hell’s mouth, everyone is desperate to cool off.

On Jul. 5, Kylie Jenner Snapchatted her greyhounds’ climate-controlled pad and sent waves of envy across the entire internet. Yes, climate-controlled does mean heat and A/C both, and the full digs are nothing short of palatial. But of course, not everyone can shell out for a custom air conditioned dog mansion (or has the real estate for a separate house for their dogs, full stop).

But, if the temperature inside your house or apartment is unbearable, you might be reluctant to go seek refuge in a restaurant or café if you have to leave your pup behind. Because necessity is the mother of invention, air conditioned dog houses by women-owned startup DogSpot are popping up outside of restaurants and retail shops so Spot can cool off. "It’s just so hot," DogSpot Founder Chelsea Brownridge told Good Morning America. "That’s a reason we’ve been expanding in places like California, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina." DogSpot works by partnering with local business owners who want to become more dog-friendly; a DogSpot house is installed outside, and dog owners can reserve time inside the pup pad through an app. It costs 30 cents a minute to have your pup shelter in the houses, and each house uses UVC sanitation light to sanitize it between uses.

Unfortunately, your dog isn’t welcome inside of most air-conditioned restaurants and cafés where humans might seek refuge from the heat. However, some establishments have started putting air conditioned dog houses outside so your fur baby can chill out in a cool dog house while you go inside for a meal. Because this genius invention is in demand, you can make sure your pup doesn’t get left out in the heat by reserving one the same way you’d order an Uber.

While DogSpot launched in Brooklyn, it’s quickly expanding to other areas across the country. "New York has been a great place for us to test this service," Brownridge said in a press release announcing the expansion. "For the last two years, we’ve had people beg us to come to their city next, to which we’ve always had to reply ‘not yet.’ But now I’m thrilled to say ‘We’re ready!’"

On the heels of DogSpot’s announcement, other cities are clamoring to get these air conditioned pooch parlors ASAP. "Orlando is a proud dog friendly community, also known as a leader in technology and innovation," Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in the press release. "DogSpot supports our commitment to both. We can’t wait for DogSpot to make our downtown a healthier and even happier place to live."

"Virtually everyone living in Brooklyn has a dog so it made sense to partner with DogSpot to fulfill their dog-loving needs," Nico Daniele, owner and chef of Bella Gioia Restaurant, said. "In fact, business increased by 10 percent, as people knew they now had a safe place to leave their pet." DogSpot even has a puppy cam you can access on the app so you can see what your dog is doing while they’re in the dog house.

In recent years, dogs have increasingly become equal with their human counterparts in the eyes of their parents. And, if businesses want dog lovers to frequent their establishments, they need to cater to Spot and Fido too. DoSpot’s pilot program revealed that dog owners did indeed feel more comfortable stopping for a bite to eat or running an errand if the business accommodated their dog, which is a good incentive for business owners to get on board.

If DogSpot isn’t in your city or town yet, and you’re having major FOMO, the company is actively working with city planners to bring air conditioned dog houses to more locations. Stay tuned for information about when you can reserve Spot and Fido their very own air conditioned houses.

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How to air condition your dogs house

I’ve been told that in the Mother Jones DC bureau last week, a debate raged over whether or not it’s only crazy cat ladies who leave the air conditioner on all day for pets. I can see both sides: Sure, it’s pitiful to see dogs pant and cats make themselves as flat as possible to beat the heat, especially during gnarly heat waves. And yes, it’s true that pets are unable to doff their fur coats.

On the other hand, their ancestors lived outside for eons before we domesticated them, so surely they must be heartier than we give them credit for. What’s more, round-the-clock AC is exorbitantly expensive and contributes significantly to climate change, as the New York Times recently reported. Because of the soaring demand for air conditioning worldwide, and because the gases emitted by modern cooling equipment are extremely potent planet warmers, scientists estimate that AC units could account for a staggering 27 percent of global warming by 2050.

So is it really necessary to chill Fido all day long? I decided to call a few veterinarians to settle the argument once and for all. Dr. Helen Myers, veterinarian at the ASPCA‘s Animal Poison Control Center, had this to say in an email:

When the temperature and humidity rise, it becomes crucial to keep our pets comfortable and safe. Animals cool themselves by panting, a process of exchanging warm air from their lungs for the cooler air outside. This cannot happen when it is hot and humid, which leads to increased risk for heat stress and exhaustion. Leaving the air circulating with fans or, better yet, leaving the air conditioning on will help to keep pets cool and healthy. Thermostats should ideally be set at 78-80 degrees, an appropriate comfort level for most pets. Basements are typically cooler than the rest of the house, so if your basement is a comfortable place for your pet to be, having them spend time down there during a heat wave is also an option. Pets should also always have access to fresh water, as they can get dehydrated.

Both cats and dogs are susceptible to excessive heat and humidity, but cats are more likely to control their activity so as not to add heat from muscle activity. Elderly, overweight, and pets with heart or lung diseases should be carefully watched, as they are highly susceptible to heat stroke. Pets with short muzzles like pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats are at a higher risk of becoming overheated because they cannot effectively pant. These pets should be kept in rooms with air conditioning so they can stay cool.

Kimberly May, a veterinarian and spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medicine Association, added that it’s important to observe your pet and adjust the indoor temperature according to its particular needs. “Keep an eye on your pet and see where your pet hangs out,” says May. “If your dog is constantly by the AC vent, you probably shouldn’t turn it off. But if you see the dog sitting in the sunlight, you might have a little more leeway.” As a general rule of thumb, cats are often slightly more heat-tolerant than dogs, and for both species, the longer the fur, the more uncomfortable the animal will be in extreme heat.

As for the argument that animals don’t need AC since their forebears dealt with heat just fine, May doesn’t buy it. “We’ve domesticated them and ruined all that,” she says. “It’s not smart to make an assumption about their needs based on their ancestors. We’ve changed their diets; we’ve changed a lot of things.”

A few other tips from May: You can try putting ice in your pet’s water bowl, but only if your animal is comfortable with it; some cats and dogs are freaked by ice and won’t drink ice water at all. Some dogs like the pricey cooling pads sold at pet stores and on the internet (this one is $79.99 on eBay) but others won’t go near them. Walk dogs in the early morning or evening, and keep the walks short. Don’t go running with your dog, since dogs will keep going, even if they’re overheating.

How can you tell if your animals are hot? Why, compare them to pictures of sweltering critters on the internet, of course. A few to get you started:

These cats are eagerly awaiting the unveiling of their cooling station:

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cuttlefish/Flickr Dog in a cooler:

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Inspire Kelly/Flickr Here’s a hot cat hanging out by a window:

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Muffet/Flickr Cat meets fan:

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Photo by Kate Sheppard

Three-dog heat wave:

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Tobyotter/Flickr Here’s a hot cat in Tokyo:

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Tata_Aka_T/Flickr And here’s one who finds a potted plant cooling:

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How to air condition your dogs house

Home air-conditioning units have been available to the wealthy since 1914, but they didn’t reach the middle class until the post-World War II economic boom, when they became standard in suburban developments.

That wasn’t that long ago, which begs the question, especially in the dog days of summer, how on earth did our predecessors deal with heat waves?

Curbed recently conducted its own investigation into the matter and found that the answer lies in the common architecture exemplified by houses throughout the South, a region known for its heat and humidity. Design elements such as sleeping porches, roof cupolas, and “shotgun” and “dogtrot” floor plans helped maximize air circulation, according to Jonathan Hogg, an associate at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects. For example:

The Dogtrot

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Named for the breezeway between two house sections where a dog could walk through, this design was a common staple on Southern plantations during the 1800s, often used for the overseer’s house. The floor plan allows both sides of a room access to fresh air, according to Curbed, while the porch shields windows from too much sunlight and allows them to be kept open during rain showers.

The Shotgun

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Once popular in Louisiana, the shotgun house is characterized by its narrow width, which allows lined-up windows and doors access to cross-ventilation. Again, the porch provides crucial shade from the sun and protection from the rain so that windows can stay open during showers.

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The Sleeping Porch

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“Sleeping porches are often found on houses by bodies of water,” said Hogg. “The principle behind it was that the air was so pleasant in the evenings, that people would want to sleep in a protected space outside.” Pictured above: the sleeping porch at Betsy and Tim Williams’s New York lake house.

The Cupola

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An 1891 house in Florida known as The Barnacle (pictured above) features a cupola, or small dome, on its roof, which functions as a ventilator. According to Curbed, the idea was that hot air, which rises, would exit through the roof, while fresh air would enter through the tall windows and doors that were shielded from the sun by a wraparound porch.

“The idea of cooling a house in hot climates is nothing new—there are traces of cooling even in ancient Egypt through the use of courtyards to promote air flow through buildings,” said Hogg. “Providing air circulation is simply essential to summertime relief.”

Exposure to household mold affects dogs, as well as other pets, much like it can affect humans. Dogs may be even more susceptible to mold-related illness than humans, though, due to their relatively smaller size (depending, of course, on the breed of the dog and size of the human).

Some breeds of dogs may be more susceptible to mold-related illness than others. Brachycephalic breeds, dogs with short noses and flat faces, are more prone to upper respiratory problems even without exposure to mold (1). Brachycephalic breeds include breeds like boxers, bulldogs, chihuahuas, Pekinese, pugs and shih tzus.  

Certain breeds of cats can have the same problem, by the way. Follow this link to learn more about mold sickness in cats.

How Mold Affects Dogs

Mold sickness symptoms in dogs may include:

  • Scratching
  • Licking or chewing on himself, especially on his paws
  • Hair loss (may result from excessive scratching, licking or chewing, but may also be due to a skin rash or other reaction to the mold)
  • Noisy breathing (may be a wheezing or rattling sound)
  • Labored breathing (you may see your dog’s chest heaving with each breath or it may appear he is struggling to breathe)
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Rubbing his face on the floor or furniture (as if it itches or as if he is trying to wipe his nose)
  • Shaking his head (a sign that his ears itch or hurt)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy (sleeping more than usual, not interested in playing)
  • Changes in behavior (may be less friendly or affectionate than usual, or may growl or snap when disturbed)

Talk to your vet for more information about mold sickness symptoms in dogs. If your dog appears unwell in any way, contact your vet as soon as you can. Be especially vigilant if you have a brachycephalic breed, since it is likely mold affects those dogs more severely than other breeds. Let your vet know if your dog has been exposed to household mold or if you think mold might be causing your dog’s symptoms.

Dealing with Mold Sickness in Dogs

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There are two components to dealing with mold sickness in dogs. Both are necessary for the successful treatment of your dog and for his return to good health.

The first component is veterinary care. Your vet may prescribe antibiotics, steroids or other medications, depending on your dog’s condition. If your dog is very ill, he may need to stay at the vet’s office for round-the-clock care. Your vet may also recommend against returning your dog to your home until the mold has been removed, since continued exposure to mold can make his illness worse. Be sure to ask your vet if it’s safe to take your dog home.

The second component is mold removal. Remember, mold affects dogs and humans alike. To protect your dog’s health, as well as your own health, you’ll need to remove the mold as quickly as possible from your home.

Some people prefer to hire a mold remediation professional, while others prefer to clean a mold problem in their home themselves. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends hiring a professional if mold covers an area greater than 10 square feet, if you have mold in your heating and air conditioning ducts, if the mold was caused by sewage or contaminated water, or if you yourself have health problems that may be made worse by contact with mold.

It’s important to make sure you remove as much mold as possible from the home and to that end, it’s important to understand that mold often grows in hard-to-spot areas. It is possible, common even, to have mold in multiple locations of the home. If you miss some of the mold, your dog’s health will still be at risk since mold affects dogs so severely. Of course, your own health and the health of other family members will also be at risk.

For Help with Mold Removal

If you need help with mold removal, or if you want some professional assistance making sure you’ve located all areas of mold in your home, we suggest scheduling an in-home consultation and inspection with an experienced mold remediation professional. Mold remediation professionals frequently offer free consultations and will visit your home, make sure you’ve located all areas of mold, and advise you about the mold removal process – all at no cost and with no obligation to you. To find qualified mold remediation professionals offering free consultations and home inspections in your area, just follow the link.

How to air condition your dogs house

Air duct cleaning for Longmont homes is essential maintenance and should be performed every two to three years at minimum. That’s because here in Colorado all manner of dirt, debris, pollen and living, breathing creatures can wind up in your air ducts. Living, breathing creatures? Like animals? That’s right. Birds included. In our years of ductwork and dryer vent cleaning we’ve come across just about everything including mice, squirrels, birds, bees and more. In some cases they’re dead but in other cases they’re alive and living large in the ducts or vents. Once the surprise wears off, homeowners want to know how these uninvited guests got into their ductwork in the first place.

Mice and Other Rodents

Typically four legged creatures inside air vents will be small, such as mice. But on occasion you may be dealing with squirrels or even rats. There are a number of ways they may have gotten into the ductwork. But they started their journey to the ducts by entering the house first. Once in the house they may have entered the air ducts via the HVAC unit in the basement. In the case of mice they’re sometimes small enough to enter the house, then squeeze through an open register into the nice, cozy warm air vent.

In the case of dryer vents, if the vent cover is made of plastic or lightweight aluminum squirrels can chew right through it and gain access to the vent. Same with the vent cover for your stove hood or bathroom exhaust fan. Once inside they’re oblivious to the respiratory dangers. They’re just loving on the heat and safety. In most cases you won’t need to call the local animal control department to remove dead bodies or mice. The technicians from Steve’s can often do it for you. But when it comes to larger rodents or raccoons nesting in the chimney, you’ll need to call the animal removal pros.

Birds

Birds may enter the attic or basement first and then exploit a weakness in the air duct system to enter and set up house. But that’s not the worst of it. Because if a bird has set up a nest in your vents eggs can’t be far behind. And once the eggs hatch mom is going to be bringing food into the vents, often in the form of bugs. And sometimes these bugs escape before being eaten. Then you’ve got two problems. Birds and bugs.

Birds love air ducts because they’re safe and warm. And sometimes their nests can get so big that they actually interfere with air flow. The moldy old leaves and other detritus they drag into the ducts can also give the entire house a musty, unpleasant odor. Not quite as bad as a dead animal body in the ducts, but sometimes pretty close. In addition, all those adult and baby birds mean bird droppings aplenty. And now you’ve got a potential health hazard as microbes from the droppings are circulated throughout the house by the air ducts. Removing dead birds is usually within the capabilities of our vent cleaning technicians. But if there’s an active nest with young birds the animal control pros will likely need to remove them first before duct cleaning can commence.

Remove the Pests and Arrange for Air Duct Cleaning in Westminster

The fact that a home has living (or formerly living) creatures in the air ducts or dryer vent is nothing to be ashamed of. It happens at some point to a large percentage of homes. Even spanking clean, brand new ones. And there’s no reason to worry about anyone’s physical safety, since the animals don’t want anything to do with humans. They’re just trying to stay warm and hope you won’t notice them. There are steps you can take, however, that will help prevent your ducts and vents from playing host to uninvited guests.

  • Seal off Potential Points of Entry – As we said, in most cases mice and other rodents will enter the house first before finding their way into the ductwork. So seal off those places where they’re entering. It may be cracks in the foundation or rotten window frames around basement windows. The soffits on your home may be rotten and birds and squirrels may be entering that way. Or it could be the vent hood on the outside of the house has been compromised. Whatever the problem, fix it.
  • Have the Ductwork Sealed – Once intruders have made it into the house they then find a way into the ductwork. In some cases they exploit gaps between sections of ductwork. In other cases they enter the HVAC unit in the basement and crawl up through it to the ducts. These situations can be avoided by having the ductwork inspected and any gaps or weak points fixed. The furnace/air conditioning unit can also be effectively sealed against intruders without too much fuss or expense.

Finally, schedule air duct cleaning consistently to help keep pests away. Invasive animals love ducts that never get any attention. They can set up shop and live there for years. If you enlist the services of Steve’s Air Duct Cleaning in Westminster for regular cleaning it’s unlikely any pesky rodents or birds will have the opportunity to establish a foothold. Remember too that if you recently had animal control remove birds or rodents from your ductwork you should have the ducts thoroughly cleaned to rid them of any contaminants left behind.

As the weather kicks it up a notch, the natural tendency can be to get everyone up and out of the house—pets included.

While spending more time outdoors can be a great source of exercise and fun for all involved, remember that hot weather is not always easy on our pets. To help your pet get the most out of their summer adventures, you’ll want to be prepared with how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat.

Here are 7 vet-approved tips for keeping your pet cool and healthy during the summer.

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Avoid the Peak Sun Hours During the Day

Pets are smarter than we give them credit for, and prefer staying at home and lying on cool surfaces (like your tiled kitchen floor) in the heat of the day, says Douglas Aspros, DVM and President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Save your outdoor time with your pet for early in the morning or in the evening once the sun has set.

By taking your daily walk, run, or visit to the park either before or after the sun is at its hottest, your pet will be less likely to overheat and the ground will be cooler on the pads of their paws.

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Find Some Shade

If you do find yourself out in midday with your pet, make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight or give them a shady place to get out of the sun.

Remember, your pets don’t wear shoes, so the pads of their paws can be burned walking across particularly hot sand, asphalt, or other surfaces, Dr. Aspros says. If it’s extremely warm, keep them indoors as much as possible.

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Never Leave Your Pet in a Car

“One big mistake for owners is leaving a pet in a closed car on a sunny warm day when the temperature in your car can rapidly climb to over 140 degrees Fahrenheit,” Dr. Aspros says. Keeping the windows cracked open will do little to help. “It’s solar heating that’s the culprit, so you can face serious risks even on a comfortable day.”

Panting takes more exertion than sweating and can bring your pet to respiratory distress faster than you think, Dr. Aspros adds. So as much as your pet may love riding in the car or spending time with you, avoid any potential issues by keeping them safe and cool at home.

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Always Have Water Available

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so you’ll want to make plenty of fresh, clean water available to them.

Panting is effective in allowing animals to cool down because it helps evaporate fluids from the respiratory tract, Dr. Aspros says. You can help replace these fluids and prevent dehydration by leaving out water or water alternatives throughout the day—particularly when your pet has spent time outside in the heat.

Water alternatives—electrolyte solutions designed for pets or even Pedialyte—can help when pets are very dehydrated since they replenish electrolytes and taste great. Always keep plain water out too so your pet can pick what they need most in the moment.

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Know Your Pet’s Limitations

If your pet is brachycephalic—has a flat-shaped face—like Pugs , Pekingese , Boston Terriers , and Persian Cats , they cannot breathe as effectively and are more susceptible to heat stroke.

Be especially careful with breeds like these in hot weather and keep plenty of water on hand, Dr. Aspros says.

You should also be careful with pets that are elderly, overweight, and/or have heart or lung disease. It’s best for them to be kept in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible in hotter temperatures.

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Learn the Signs of Heat Stroke in Pets

You should always make sure that you have a cool, shady spot with clean water for your pet when hanging outdoors during the summer.

“Being covered by fur works well in the winter, but it can make it difficult to manage the heat of a summer day,” says Aspros. “Both dogs and cats dissipate heat by panting [and] as they get overheated, they pant more quickly trying to maintain a safe internal temperature.” However, if a dog or cat gets too hot, they risk developing heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

There are two major reasons pets get overheated, Dr. Aspros says:

High external temperatures can overwhelm the ability of dogs or cats to cool themselves, like when they’re trapped in a car or on a hot beach

Pets with compromised upper airways, like Bulldogs, or an acquired condition like laryngeal paralysis have more difficulty removing heat from their bodies through panting, Dr. Aspros says. These animals often find that, in attempting to cool themselves, they generate more heat through exertion and can fall victim to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

Increased heart rate

Increased respiratory rate

More severe symptoms that can be associated with heat stroke include seizures, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and a body temperature of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat stroke can be fatal, so if you think your dog is overheating, move your pet to a cool location and call your veterinarian right away.

In both people and pets, the trachea is the tube that carries air from the nose and mouth through the neck and into the lungs. The frightening term “collapsing trachea” refers to a relatively common disease that causes chronic coughing and other symptoms in dogs.

Below, learn everything you need to know about tracheal collapse in dogs.

Symptoms of of Tracheal Collapse in Dogs

No single, specific cause has been identified to explain all cases of tracheal collapse in dogs. A congenital (present at birth) weakness of the cartilage within the trachea seems to play a big role, but environmental factors and concurrent diseases are important too. Small breed dogs, especially Yorkshire Terriers, are most at risk for developing a collapsing trachea. Yorkies are often diagnosed when they are young adults, but symptoms of tracheal collapse tend to develop in mid-life or even later in other breeds.

A dog with a collapsing trachea experiences chronic, intermittent bouts of coughing that tend to get worse with exercise, excitement, stress, eating, drinking, or when pressure is applied to the trachea. The sound of the cough can be quite distinctive and is often described as a goose-honk. Dogs develop other clinical signs that vary with the severity of the collapsing trachea—in other words, how narrow (or even completely closed) the airway becomes. Additional symptoms can include retching, rapid or difficult breathing, exercise intolerance, blue-tinged gums and fainting.

None of the clinical signs associated with tracheal collapse are unique to this disease. To differentiate a collapsing trachea from other conditions, a veterinarian will start by taking a complete health history and performing a physical examination. Oftentimes, the doctor can trigger a cough be pressing on the dog’s windpipe. Taking x-rays while a dog is breathing will sometimes reveal a collapsing trachea, but more advanced diagnostic tests like fluoroscopy (a type of moving x-ray) or bronchoscopy (inserting a tube with a small video camera at the end into an anesthetized dog’s airways) may be necessary.

Medical Management for a Collapsing Trachea

If your dog is having a hard time breathing, has blue-tinged gums or has fainted, he needs to be taken to a nearby veterinary clinic immediately. A veterinarian can provide supplemental oxygen and other treatments to ease his breathing. Once his condition is stable, diagnostic tests can be run to determine the cause of his symptoms.

Most dogs diagnosed with a collapsing trachea are treated with medications. Drug options include:

  • Cough suppressants (e.g., butorphanol or hydrocodone) – every time a dog coughs his airways become more irritated and inflamed. Cough suppressants play a duel role by controlling an annoying symptom and helping to reduce irritation that promotes more coughing.
  • Anti-inflammatories (e.g., prednisone or fluticasone) – corticosteroids are often prescribed to reduce swelling and inflammation of the trachea. These medications can be given orally or by inhalation. Inhaled steroids have a lower incidence of side-effects.
  • Bronchodilators (e.g., theophylline, terbutaline, or albuterol) – these medications can widen small airways within the lungs, which eases the pressure put on the trachea.
  • Sedatives (e.g., butorphanol or acepromazine) – when dogs become anxious or excited their symptoms often get worse. Light sedation can help.
  • Antibiotics – dogs with tracheal collapse are at higher-than-average risk for respiratory infections. Veterinarians will often prescribe a course of antibiotics when an infection is diagnosed or suspected.
  • Anabolic steroids – research has shown that stanozolol, a derivative of testosterone, can help dogs with a collapsing trachea. It has some anti-inflammatory activity and may also help strengthen cartilage.

A surprisingly high number of dogs with tracheal collapse also suffer from other conditions like obesity, heart disease, liver enlargement, dental problems, an elongated soft palate, and conditions affecting the larynx (voice box). All of these may make a dog’s symptoms worse and need to be adequately treated to maximize quality of life. It is very important that dogs with a collapsing trachea be fed a diet that helps them maintain a healthy (if slightly underweight) body weight.

Airborne irritants also promote coughing in dogs with tracheal collapse. The dog’s home should be free of cigarette smoke and strong fragrances. Allergen and dust exposure can be reduced by keeping the windows closed, running an air conditioner and/or HEPA air filtration system and regularly cleaning the home.

Exercise has both benefits and potential risks for a dog with a collapsing trachea. It can help with weight management and keeping dogs calm, but may make matters worse when it is associated with rapid breathing, over-excitement or exposure to irritants. Long, slow walks are usually best if your dog’s temperament and symptoms allow. Swap out a collar for a harness to avoid putting pressure on your dog’s trachea.

Surgical Management for a Collapsing Trachea

If medical and environmental management cannot adequately control a dog’s symptoms, you can consider surgical options. A veterinary surgeon may recommend placing rings on the outside of a dog’s trachea or a stent inside the trachea, both of which serve to prevent collapse. Which type of surgery is best depends on the specifics of your dog’s case. Both can be successful, although surgical complications are relatively common and some dogs continue to require some medical management afterwards.

Unfortunately, there is no way to cure a dog’s collapsing trachea. Therefore, it is important to continue with the treatments recommended by your veterinarian and to closely monitor your dog’s condition. If at any time you notice your dog’s cough or other symptoms getting worse, call your veterinarian for advice.

With the arrival of high temperatures this summer, our animals can easily suffer from too much heat. Therefore, we must be incredibly attentive to the well-being of our animals to avoid problems such as a overheating and fevers. Such temperature related problems can can lead to heat stroke in our dogs, which can be fatal. This can also happen when, due to misinformation for example, a dog is left locked inside the car, an action which can lead to the death of an animal.

In order to prevent such events from occurring, in this AnimalWised article, we will be discussing how to tell if your dog is overheating. By knowing the symptoms of a dog suffering from too much heat, you can address and treat this accordingly.

Dog overheating signs: normal temperature of a dog

The normal temperature of dogs is about 37.8-39.2 ºC, therefore you should not take human parameters as a reference. In addition, we must be clear about the following concepts:

  • Dog fur serves as a sun protector and heat regulator. For this reason, it is not advisable to shave your dog’s coat, as it can prove to be counterproductive. This can however depend on the specific breed of your dog. You can always check with a canine hairdresser to find out the best option for your breed.
  • Dogs cannot sweat like people do, so they regulate their temperature by panting. Thus, they experience heat more severely than we do as cooling through panting is not as effective as sweating.
  • One must be especially attentive with: puppies, older dogs, ill dogs, dogs suffering from obesity or who are overweight and those with a flat nose with breathing difficulties.

Dog overheating signs

Warning signs of a dog overheating include:

  • Reduction of your activity: A dog that feels hot tends to slow down its movements. Thus, it is normal that if you see your dog lying down a lot, especially in shaded areas, that they are hot.
  • Excessive panting: Their breathing will be characterized predominantly by panting, with their tongue hanging out of their mouths. Panting also occurs when a dog is overheated after exercise.
  • Redenned Mucus: which can be noticed on a dog’s gums when their mouths are open.
  • Diorientation: a dog that is overheating will get dizzy and appear confused

More severe dog overheating symptoms include:

  • Dog over heating seizure: A dog that is suffering from overheating may experience seizures and collapse or convulse.
  • Dog overheated throwing up: A dog that is overheating may experience excessive vomiting and diarrhea.

If you observe any of these dog overheating symptoms, the first thing to do, is provide them with a cool environment and water. Next, take your dog to the vet immediately. Overheating in dogs can be very dangerous and even fatal if not treated in time!

Dog overheating: causes

There are several consequences to a dog overheating. If their body temperature rises to 40-43 °C, a dog runs the risk of suffering from heat stroke, a disorder that can lead to death.

Heat stroke symptoms include;

  • Reddened mucous membranes
  • Intense panting
  • Thick saliva
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock
  • Seizures
  • Death

Heat stroke is considered a veterinary emergency. The first measure to take if you believe that your dog is suffering from heat stroke, is to lower and stabilize your dog’s body temperature.

Dog overheating at night: what to do

Prevention is the main key in making sure that your dog does not overheat. As we have already mentioned if your dog’s temperature rises without the capacity of thermoregulation, consequences can be fatal. If you want to know how to stop a dog overheating, take a look at these tips:

  • Never leave your dog locked in a car or in a place that can reach high temperatures.
  • Always make sure that your dog has fresh water.
  • Make sure that there is shade available for your dog.
  • Do not walk or practice exercise with your dog during the hottest hours of the day.
  • You can cool your dog down by wetting it with a sprayer or a very damp towel. In addition, if available, offer your dog the opportunity to jump into a cold water pool or basin. Another option includes offering your dog ice cubes, or running some ice cubes over its body.
  • Homemade ice cream for dogs is an ideal natural option you can offer your dog to keep it cool in the summer.
  • If you do not have air conditioning in your house, by a fan for your dog.
  • As always, you must pay special attention to: younger dogs, sick dogs, elderly dogs or overweight dogs. If any symptoms are noticed, consult your veterinarian immediately.

If your dog is already overheating, take a look these tips on how to stop a dog from overheating:

  • Soak its body in COOL water, not too cold.
  • Take your dog to a lower temperature environment, preferable in the shade.
  • Give your dog water, to make sure that your dog is well hydrated!
  • Fan your dog.

Once your dog is sufficiently cooled down, we recommend taking it to your veterinarian just to make sure its health is still in good condition.

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If you run an air conditioner, you have a source of water, as a result of dehumidification in the AC. Considered grey water, the condensation dripping from the a/c drain hose is free of chlorine, fluoride, salt and chemicals found in tap or pool water. This condensate is a hidden boon that has many household uses. It’s not good to drink though,

In hot, humid areas, an air conditioner can produce 18 gallons (68 liters) a day – although in arid areas the gain is much more modest, maybe only one liter daily. But most often it goes to waste, dripping down the side of buildings and evaporating away.

A/C drip water isn’t safe for drinking, as you can’t determine how pure it is when it leaves the A/C unit. Being basically distilled water, it lacks the essential calcium, magnesium, and potassium obtained from ordinary water sources. If filtered and sterilized, it could theoretically serve for emergencies, but wouldn’t supply the minerals humans need. But you can still use it. Why not?

Gather the condensate in a bucket or even a barrel, if you have one.

Air conditioner water can be used for:

  1. Washing windows and tiled floors. A/C condensate is also the logical choice for outdoor chores like washing patio floors and garden paving, your car, and garden furniture.
  2. Flushing toilets.
  3. Washing clothes, especially delicate hand-washables.
  4. Steam ironing. No need to buy distilled water for your iron; you can get it free.
  5. And plants like it. Whether you have a few potted plants on a sunny windowsill or an entire vegetable garden, go ahead and water your plants with a/c condensate. We have several of our units dripping right into the garden.

Using A/C condensate, you’ll save money on your water bills and conserve earth’s dwindling water resources. Pretty green of you, I’d say. Want more tips for a healthy, sustainable home? Read these 5 reasons why you need to air our your house.

No one wants unpleasant odors perpetually wafting around their home, but these odors can crop up for various reasons. One area that a bad smell may originate from is your air vent system. Air vents aren’t the most straightforward thing to clean, though; they aren’t simple, smooth surfaces. Discover how to deodorize air vents in the home using our tips.

Vacuum the Vent Cover and Duct

A good place to start when you are trying to get rid of smells from your vents is to vacuum the cover and the duct passage. Unscrew the vent from the wall and vacuum between the slats to get all the dusty cobwebs and dirt stuck there. By removing the cover, you can get everything that is on the back and front face of the vent. Try to vacuum up any dust you see in the duct as well.

Clean the Vent Cover and Duct

The vent cover can now be cleaned using warm water with soap and a brush or other scrubbing tool to take off the more persistent residue. You can also wipe down the duct at this stage. Baking soda can help mitigate odors if you place it in the duct before putting the cover back. You can place the baking soda in a bowl or find a non-spilling box made for refrigerators.

Change the Air Filters

It’s also possible that there are smell-inducing particles stuck on the air filter in the home. If you haven’t changed the filter in a while, it may very well be the culprit. Switch out the filter in the house’s furnace with a fresh one—see if this makes a difference. Should the odor go away, take note that you should change the filter every few months in the future.

Call a Professional Service

After trying the other methods for how to deodorize air vents in the home and still finding no success, you may need to call in a duct cleaning service. These professionals with expertise in the area will find the root of the stench and have specialized tools to perform a more thorough cleaning than you can on your own.

For the best Oklahoma air duct cleaning and air duct repair services around, contact Duct Squads today. With our combination of high work standards and extensive experience, we’ll take care of your home’s tenacious odor once and for all.

Designers are turning to biomimicry to develop better cooling technologies.

With heat waves gripping much of the planet, electricity grid operators are sweating even more than their customers. Air-conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy, but a new group of designers think they can solve that problem by mimicking Mother Nature’s craftiness.

Janine Benyus, a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, told National Geographic that copying the way plants and animals solve natural problems can provide many benefits, from environmental sustainability to economic efficiency. (See “Nature Yields New Ideas for Energy and Efficiency.”)

“With biomimicry we’re able to apply fresh thinking to traditional manufacturing, to undo the toxic and energy-intensive mistakes of the past,” said Benyus, who is part of a group that hopes to lead a new revolution in design by imitating nature. “I wish we had been at the design table at the Industrial Revolution.”

In natural systems, nothing is wasted, since everything can be used by something else. Instead of using large inputs of energy and toxic chemicals to make things and ship them across the globe, nature makes what it needs where it needs it, with water-based chemistry.

These designs suggest some of what could be learned by applying the lessons of biomimicry to the problem of air-conditioning in particular. (See “In Search of Green Air-Conditioning.”)

1. Ventilation Inspired by Termites

Perhaps the most famous example of biomimicry when it comes to heating and cooling is ventilation inspired by termites. A few years ago, scientists observed that big termite mounds in Africa stay remarkably cool inside, even in blistering heat. The insects accomplish that feat with a clever system of air pockets, which drive natural ventilation through convection.

Architect Mick Pearce and engineering firm Arup borrowed that idea to build Eastgate Centre, a large office and shopping center in Zimbabwe that is cooled with the outside air. The system uses only 10 percent as much energy as conventional air-conditioning to drive fans that keep the air circulating.

2. Countercurrent Heat Exchange Inspired by Birds

Ducks and penguins that live in cold climates have an innovative adaptation that helps them survive the elements. The veins and arteries in their feet have a countercurrent configuration, which ends up warming the blood that is closer to the animal’s core and cooling the blood at the edges of its extremities. By keeping cooler blood closer to the snow and ice, such birds lose less body heat overall.

Shell tube heat exchangers in industrial-scale heating and cooling systems use a similar type of flow pattern to maximize efficiency, as Clayton Grow, author of The Writing Engineer blog, has pointed out.

3. Moisture Absorption Inspired by Ticks

Grow notes that a system called a liquid desiccant dehumidifier also seems to follow a form of biomimicry. Such a system is designed to pull humidity from the air inside a building (traditional air-conditioning also reduces humidity). It uses a liquid salt solution—something similar to what the brown dog tick secretes to absorb water from the air.

4. Efficient Fans Inspired by Tornadoes and Whirlpools

A company called PAX Scientific (slogan: Capturing the Force of Nature) is marketing a fan based on the logarithmic spiral shape found in such phenomena as tornadoes, whirlpools, and even airflow in the human trachea. The company says the fans have lower turbulence and higher efficiency for cooling.

5. Efficient Fans Inspired by Whale Flippers

In another take on better fan design, a startup called WhalePower is developing fan blades that produce greater lift, and therefore move more air, thanks to the bumpy design of a humpback whale’s flipper.

WhalePower says its fans move 25 percent more air than conventional fans while using 20 percent less energy. The company is also working on more powerful wind turbine blades.

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That brown-sheathed, low voltage wire from the air handler to the AC unit outside tells the contractor when to engage. This allows the high voltage to pass from one side of the contractor to the other, flowing on to the compressor and condenser fan motor. Without this low 24 volt communication, the AC won’t start. So, shouldn’t we protect those low voltages wires to the AC from potential damage and UV rays? Doesn’t the electrical code require some sort of conduit with wiring outside the house? That’s what we’re going to talk about today on Fox Family Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar.

Ratings for Low Voltage Wire

I’ve never heard of any low voltage wire that’s rated for outdoors, including wet or damp conditions being used in residential heating and air conditioning. When I service equipment and go on HVAC inspections around the Sacramento area, why do I find dried up, brittle sections of thermostat wire? They’re simply taped to the suction line from the wall to the AC.

I spent hours researching this online. I’m having the hardest time finding the appropriate citation in the National or California Electrical Code. The citation in question describes when to protect the low voltage wire in outdoor conditions, such as with an air conditioner installation. If you ARE aware of the part of the book that talks about this topic, please let me know in the comments section down below. As always, I admit, I don’t know all the answers, but I’d really like to know if you wouldn’t mind sharing.

What the Code Says

Article 725 of the National Electrical Code talks about this type of control wiring. But I can’t find anything stating that Class 2 wire (as in the 24 volt thermostat wire used in residential HVAC) must be protected by or enclosed in conduit.

On one hand, the stat wire is not rated for outdoor use, let alone in wet or damp conditions which leaves it exposed to damaging elements. Possible hazards are endless. Landscapers who use weed eaters, a dog’s incessant need to chew up things in the yard, the ultraviolet rays coming from the sun, the list is long.

On the other hand, installing stat wire inside the liquid-tight conduit really doesn’t make it a dry environment either. A dry environment isn’t even needed for class 2 wiring anyway, according to what I’ve found (and not found) in my research.

Protecting the Low Voltage AC Wire

Ever since my first HVAC installation, protecting the stat wire with ½” seal-tight conduit was a must. My foreman insisted, so I’ve always taught my techs to do the same. It undeniably protects the wire better than just strapping it to the suction line without seal-tight, exposed to the elements. Ensuring stat wire lasts as long as the AC is also in the best interest of the customer.

If the stat wire dries up and becomes dry and brittle, it takes almost nothing to expose the bare wire within the sheathing. This can result in the wrong wires touching each other. This shorts out the low voltage system, rendering it inoperable. This requires the homeowner to call a service technician to come out to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

But it’s not in the code books. So when I see newly built residential neighborhoods with exposed stat wire at the AC, I cringe. But I have to remind myself it’s not actually required.

The Tightest Provision Gets Enforced

If it’s not required, why do so many inspectors write up correction letters to us for not protecting the stat wire with some sort of conduit? The answer may be, “that’s the way they want it.” Remember, local jurisdictions can tighten the rules as they deem necessary. And the tightest provision of any code is the one that gets enforced.

If you really wanted to push the issue, you could ask the code inspector (nicely) where you could find the source of their local rules; one that lists their requirements which are more restrictive than the National Electric Code.

I get that there ARE several sections in the code book that say wiring must be protected from potential damage. But it never mentions it specifically when it comes to Class 2 control wiring.

A Wiring Upgrade

Consider what it would take to better protect your customer’s low voltage wiring to the AC. It doesn’t require too much work. The cost of the parts is minimal compared to the future protection you’re providing to the stat wire.

Remove the old dried up stat wire from the suction line insulation. Cutting it back to about six inches from the wall will allow you to splice on new wiring. Once it’s run through the conduit, wire nutted and taped for protection, leave a bit of the colored wires there. A future technician will thank you. A quick search back to your splice will easily reveal the connected wires. This will give them the option of using that third wire as an alternate.

Shove the wire nuts into the penetration of the wall where it comes out. Then slip the new wire through the conduit. Fasten the conduit to the unit. Then strap it to the rest of the lineset and high voltage conduit going to the AC. This neat and clean workmanship of your repair IS required by the electrical code.

Looking Ahead

The next time you see exposed thermostat wire coming from the wall to the AC, think about what’s right for your customer. If you’re a homeowner, it shouldn’t be too expensive to have your local HVAC company do this work on your system.

As always, whether dealing with high or low voltage electricity, there are inherent dangers and mechanical failures that can happen. So, let’s leave it to the professionals.

Once again, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so leave a comment down below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and we’ll see you on the next blog topic!

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Summer is a fun time of year for humans and dogs alike. Many dogs love to play outdoors despite the heat. ​Summer safety is no joke, and it’s up to you to make sure your dog stays cool and comfortable. ​Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to keep your dog safe on the hottest days of the year.

Dangers of High Temperatures

People can take their ability to adapt to hot weather for granted and forget that their dog does not have the same natural cooling capability. Dogs cannot cool themselves by sweating like humans. They might sweat a small amount through the pads of their feet, but the main way a dog cools off is by panting. Unfortunately, panting is not enough when it is extremely hot and humid. While you may not find that the temperature's too hot to be outside, your dog may be miserable or simply going along to please you.

On really hot days, it's best to keep your dog at home in the air conditioning. Heatstroke or exhaustion and injury can occur in dogs faster than you may think and your dog's safety should be your top priority. If your home is not air-conditioned, you will need to take appropriate steps to keep your pooch cool while you're away.

Materials

  • Lots of drinking water
  • Shade or shelter
  • Dog sunscreen
  • Small pool
  • Cooling bed
  • Fans

Cool Water

It is essential that you keep fresh, cool water available to your dog at all times. In hot weather, this is even more crucial. Make sure you keep the water dish in a shady location and change the water frequently.

To constantly keep fresh water available outdoors, consider installing a watering system that hooks up to a faucet. These are designed to provide water as needed and are usually triggered by motion or a specific action.

If you go to the park or somewhere else with your dog, take along as much water for it as you do for yourself so you both stay hydrated. In addition to water, you can try feeding your dog some delicious homemade chilled treats.

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Shelter from the Sun

Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but it ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, but it can also cause sunburn. Yes, dogs can get sunburned too.

While sunscreen is available for dogs, it does not protect them from heat stroke. The best thing is to offer shelter. Shade from trees is nice, but it's not perfect either. An actual structure is better. Consider getting an insulated dog house, but make sure it is large and well-ventilated. Alternatively, you might put up an open-air tent or canopy. The addition of a fan will help cool things down further. If possible, put the shelter in a shady area to keep it extra-cool.

Of course, the ideal shelter is your home. If possible, install a doggie door to allow indoor access.

Doggie Pool

If your dog loves water, then a large tub or kiddie pool (molded plastic, not inflatable so nails can't pop it) might be a great addition to your yard. You can find inexpensive tubs or pools at most home stores.

Many dogs enjoy playing and lounging in the cool water. Just make sure you supervise your dog at all times. Keep the pool in a shady spot and change the water frequently. Do not leave the pool full when not in use, as it may attract mosquitos.

Instead of a pool, you might also try running a sprinkler to see if your dog likes it. However, most dogs prefer a pool to a sprinkler.

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Cooling a Dog Bed

Your dog’s need for a cool, shady place to relax extends into the house. While a dog bed is nice and soft, it might also be too warm. That is why many people notice that their dogs prefer to lie on tile or concrete floors when it’s hot out.

A cooling dog bed can offer the comfort and softness of a typical dog bed with the coolness your dog craves. These beds often use a gel-like material or water to keep the temperature nice and cool. They are especially great for senior dogs as an alternative to hard floors.

Preventing Problems

There are several other products designed to cool off your dog. Some work better than others, and often it just depends on the dog. If you decide to try one out, just remember that nothing can substitute fresh water and shade. No dog should go for long without plenty of both.

One common mistake people make is taking their dog on a walk in the heat. Pavement gets very hot under the summer sun and can easily burn the pads of your dog's feet. If it's too hot for you to walk on barefoot, it's far too hot for your dog. Take your summertime walks in a grassy park or, in the least, direct your dog to walk on the grass next to the sidewalk.

Cooler air is the best way to prevent and relieve overheating in your dog. No matter how you try to keep your dog cool, the best thing you can do is to keep a close eye on it. When in doubt, get the dog to a cooler area. Never leave your dog in the car unattended. Be sure to contact your vet immediately if you notice signs of heatstroke.

Although shedding is usually normal, you’re probably looking for ways to reduce your dog’s shedding so you don’t have to constantly rid your clothes, car, and home of all the hair.

The first step is determining whether the amount of hair that your dog is shedding is normal, or if they are shedding excessively due to a health problem. Here’s what to look for, plus tips for how you can reduce shedding in your dog.

Is Your Dog Shedding Too Much?

What’s considered a normal amount of fur for dogs to shed? In many cases, this will depend upon the breed.

Breed-Related Shedding

“Some breeds shed year-round, as in Boxers or most short-coated dogs, while others, such as Huskies or Akitas, usually shed most [of their hair] twice a year.

Many people think that long-coated dogs shed more often, but that is not usually true. Most long-coated dogs have shedding seasons when the weather changes,” says Dr. Adam Denish of Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Pennsylvania.

Once you have an idea of your dog’s usual amount of shedding, then you can monitor your dog for changes. Are they shedding more or less, or at different times than usual? If your dog is shedding more than they usually do, there might be an underlying health condition.

Shedding Due to Health Issues

According to Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinarian in Fort Collins, Colorado, you should be concerned if you see an increase in shedding, particularly when it’s accompanied by:

Patchy hair loss

Signs of generalized illness

If you see these signs, your dog needs to see a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

“If shedding is abnormal, such as with thyroid disorders, diabetes, or poor nutrition, it can be helped by improving the health of your pet,” says Dr. Denish. “Animals that have dry skin, dandruff, or skin diseases will tend to have more shedding problems as well.”

How to Reduce Shedding

If you’ve determined that your dog is healthy but just sheds a lot, then follow these tips to help reduce your dog’s shedding.

How to Control Dog Shedding With Diet

Whether your dog leaves a light coating of fur in their wake or clumps the size of small mammals, here are some things you can do to help control their shedding.

According to Dr. Coates, once health problems have been ruled out, a well-balanced and healthy diet can go a long way towards keeping shedding at an acceptable level.

“A poor diet will not supply all the nutrients a pet needs to grow and maintain a healthy coat. Adequate amounts of high-quality protein and fat, particularly essential fatty acids, are needed to reduce excessive shedding,” says Dr. Coates.

When it comes to choosing a dog food, it’s best not to skimp, says Dr. Denish. “The quality of food that your pet eats greatly influences the degree of shedding and the quality of the coat,” says Dr. Denish.

How to Control Shedding With Grooming

A dog groomer is your best resource for controlling your dog’s shedding through grooming.

Mari Rozanski of Plush Pups Boutique and Grooming in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, has been grooming pets for more than 25 years and believes that you’ve got to help keep your pet groomed at home. But how often?

“In a perfect world, I would say [to] brush your dog on a daily basis. It’s good for their coat and skin, and it can serve as quality time with your dog,” says Rozanski. “More realistically, brushing your dog at least once or twice a week should help keep shedding to a minimum.”

The Best Grooming Tools for Controlling Shedding

A few basic (and inexpensive) items are all that you’ll need to manage your dog’s shedding.

“I personally prefer a slicker brush and a metal comb,” says Rozanski. “A hand-mitt, although I have never tried one, is good for a very short-haired dog such as a Doberman or a Dalmatian.”

She continues, “There’s a wide assortment of tools available, but some instruction on choosing the right one is necessary. Usually a groomer or breeder can help with this.”

When to See a Professional Groomer

When it comes to grooming, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros.

“Professional grooming every 4-6 weeks is a good way to keep shedding at a minimum and to avoid a mess at home; groomers have all the proper tools and specialty shampoos for shedding dogs,” says Rozanski.

“Bathing at home can be fun, but if the dog is not rinsed or dried properly, or if the wrong shampoo is used, a skin condition can occur. Also, the pH balance for a dog is different than a person, so only dog shampoos should be used,” adds Rozanski.

You’ll still want to brush your dog at least a few times a week in between professional grooming sessions, however.

Keeping Your Home Clean of Pet Hair

If you’re looking to keep pet hair out of your home, you can either pick up cast-off dog hair or keep it from becoming a problem in the first place.

According to Rozanski, it’s always a good idea to keep furniture and other spots that are heavily used by your dog covered with a throw or sheet to make those surfaces easier to clean.

Also, vacuuming is your best weapon in the fight against dog hair. While a conventional vacuum can be used, there are special vacuums with devices and attachments that are designed to deal with pet fur, which can make the job easier.

For quick pickups of dog hair from clothes and furniture, Rozanski is partial to hair rollers (like those for your clothes) from companies such as 3M.

Again, none of these actions will completely eliminate the hair from your home, but they will help you fight it.

Using Air Filters to Control Pet Hair in the Home

Pet hair and dander in the air can exacerbate allergies, asthma, and other conditions. Often, the conventional filtering that comes with heating and air conditioning systems won’t be robust enough to create an easy breathing environment.

There are many standalone air filters you can purchase, but Rozanski says she has had particular success with Aprilaire products.

Be Consistent About Changing Filters

Obviously, frequent filter changes are a must, and for heavily shedding dogs, you might even want to change filters more often than the company recommends.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to stay ahead of shedding is to think ahead.

“My suggestion for most owners is to learn about your dog and the breed before making a decision on adopting the pet. You need to understand the requirements for that pet in terms of veterinary care, nutrition, and maintenance,” says Dr. Denish.

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Pole barns are a great addition to your property, adding space to store items and do work, whether for business or a hobby. To make these buildings usable year-round, adding HVAC systems for pole barns provides the climate control you need through all four seasons. What options are available for heating and cooling pole barns? Below, we detail the available options.

HVAC Systems for Pole Barns

When it comes to heating and cooling pole barns, there are a few different system types available. What works best for you will depend on the size of your pole barn, its construction, and your budget.

Forced air heating and cooling for pole barns is a great choice for larger buildings. They require ductwork, which typically isn’t an issue as there is usually ample overhead space available for installation. These systems operate just as forced air central heating and cooling does in the home – an installed furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner supplies the interior space with heated or cooled air when called for.

A ductless mini-split HVAC system provides heating and cooling for pole barns. These systems are often used to provide heating and air conditioning in new expansions without the need to install a duct system. For heating and cooling pole barns with a ductless HVAC system, one or more interior air handling units are installed on the walls of a pole barn, and are connected to an exterior heat pump through a line set that runs through the exterior wall.

HVAC Pole Barn Heating

Radiant in-floor, surface or ceiling mounted heating systems are another popular HVAC pole barn solution. Unlike forced air systems that work by conditioning air, radiant heating provides warmth to objects directly. This is often a more efficient choice for pole barns that will have doors or windows opened often.

Surface or ceiling mounted radiant heat panels provide primary, supplemental, or zoned heat throughout your pole barn, warming up quickly once turned on to rapidly heat the space. In-floor systems have a higher installation cost but provide longer heat retention, typically using a network of water-filled piping to heat the area. In-floor systems also create warm floors within the building.

Pellet or wood-burning stoves are an economical HVAC pole barn option. They can be installed within the pole barn or located outside and connected to an interior forced air component to distribute heating inside the building.

HVAC Pole Barn Cooling

Fans are often used for cooling pole barns, creating a wind chill effect by continuously moving air throughout the interior space. Ceiling fans or other installed fan units circulate air to make the body feel cooler, rather than actually lowering the temperature of the air.

A window air conditioning unit is another option available for cooling pole barns. These are a good solution for smaller structures rather than larger buildings. Window air conditioners do not need ductwork to deliver cool air to the space.

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With the dog days of summer in full effect, your house might feel like a ring of fire and you may have decided that this will be the year you make good on your vow to move to Antarctica. But don’t pack your bags just yet. Whether you don’t have an air conditioner by design or due to financial constraints, it’s still possible to cool down your home and feel comfortable even when the temperatures reach the triple digits. The following tips will help you stay cool.

1. Block out the sun. Take a page out of a vampire’s book and block sunlight with heavy curtains to keep your house cool during the daytime. Bill Davis, the general manager of Anna’s Linens in Los Angeles, California, suggests using triple-lined or foam-backing curtains to keep the heat out. “Place the curtains on the side of the house where the most sun comes through,” he says. Factors such as window size and the closeness of nearby buildings will affect how much sunlight your home receives.

2. Keep the windows closed during the day. It’s time for a pop quiz. During the day, should you open your windows to take advantage of a breeze? And the answer is. no. While you might be tempted to open windows to get any sort of breeze, keep them closed during the day to prevent more hot air from coming inside your home. Open the windows at night to take advantage of the cooler air and to facilitate cross-ventilation.

3. Avoid using your dryer during the day. While you might want to do a quick load of laundry during the day, running your dryer can create more heat, thus needlessly making your home hotter and more uncomfortable. If possible, dry your clothes in the early morning or late at night when the heat outside isn’t as intense. Or better yet, skip the dryer completely and line dry your laundry.

4. Ice ice baby. Brandi Little from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says that drinking plenty of cool fluids will help you keep cool in the heat. “Drink plenty of cold water throughout the day, but avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol, as they will dehydrate you,” says Little. She also suggests dressing in light, cool clothing when inside. Taking a cool shower will also help you feel more comfortable. If you can’t take a shower, try applying a wash cloth dampened with cool water to your arms, legs and forehead for a quick cool off.

5. If you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. Don’t use the oven to prepare meals as the high temperatures generated from baking a frozen pizza will make your kitchen feel like, well, an oven. Instead, now is the perfect time to fire up the grill or prepare cool dishes such as salads, sandwiches and chilled soups like gazpacho. If nothing else, now you can check out that new deli that opened up in your neighborhood.

6. Remember mom’s advice and close the refrigerator door. While opening the refrigerator door for a cool blast of air sounds refreshing and might cool you off short term, it’s actually counterproductive to cooling off your home. The motor in the refrigerator needs to work harder to maintain a constant temperature and winds up generating more heat.

7. Ditch the extra bedding. During the day, it’s fine if your bed looks like it could be in a Pottery Barn catalog. But at night, kick the excess pillows, shams, throw pillows, coverlets and comforters to the floor. Alternatively, put them away in storage. They can trap your body heat and make you feel warm while you sleep. The fewer bedding accessories you have on your bed, the more comfortable you’ll feel at night.

8. Take a page out of the history book when it comes to keeping cool. Before air conditioners were invented, people had to get creative when it came to cooling off on a hot summer’s day. “Women would fan themselves off with fans dipped in cool, scented water, which also helped them smell clean,” says Janet Franke, program coordinator for The Grove, a nature preserve in Glenview, Illinois that includes homes built in the 19th century. Get a hand fan from your favorite party store, sprinkle it with water and fan away.

Every dog deserves a good home where they can be healthy and happy. Here’s what your dog needs to keep them comfortable and content in your home.

Around your home

Your dog will need:

  • Somewhere to rest – give your dog a comfortable, dry, draught-free, clean and quiet place to rest undisturbed. Living in a cold or wet place can make your dog unwell.
  • Toilet area – dogs need to go to the toilet regularly. At least every few hours, provide your dog with access to an appropriate place where they can go to the toilet.
  • Safe space – your dog must be able to get away from things that scare them. Give them constant access to a safe hiding place to escape if they feel afraid.
  • If you have more than one dog – make sure you provide enough extra resources (e.g. toys, beds and hiding places) for each of them to stop them from becoming competitive and fighting.
  • Hazard-free environment – dogs are naturally inquisitive and can get into dangerous situations if they’re left on their own. Make sure that your dog’s home is safe, secure and free from hazards.

Keeping your dog occupied

  • Exercise – give your dog access to an appropriate place where they can exercise at least once a day. This should be somewhere they can explore, play and meet other dogs if appropriate.
  • Toys – dogs are intelligent and can become bored. Make sure your dog has access to suitable objects to chew and play with. Take a look at our online shop for some great dog toy ideas.

When you’re away or on the move

  • If you’re leaving your dog somewhere – make sure the size and temperature of any place you leave them (including your vehicle) is comfortable for them.
  • When you transport your dog, make sure they’re comfortable and safe at all times. Use a harness, crate or container that suits your dog’s size, and read more about transporting dogs in cars(PDF 176KB).
  • Keep your dog under control wherever you go, and don’t let it stray.

Follow the links below to find out more about how to keep your dog happy at home.