When you have a child, safety becomes one of your top concerns. From the time you first bring them home you watch for any potential hazard, locking doors and moving things out of their way. Safety comes first.

Have you done the same for your pets?

Some pets are curious by nature. They explore, especially when they are left home alone. And that can spell trouble.

Is your house safe?

Keeping Your Pets Safe Around Your HVAC System

Proper Temperatures

Just like humans, pets can be affected by extreme temperatures too. If they live in conditions that are too hot or too cold, they can suffer from heat exhaustion or sickness.

Animals may be better equipped to handle changing temperatures better than we do, but they have no way of communicating when they’ve reached a temperature they can’t bear. And if you’re home for hours without checking in, it can be detrimental to your pet.

In the summer, dogs and cats shed, reduce their movement, and pant more to endure the higher temperatures. You can set the thermostat higher while you are away for energy efficiency without putting your pet at risk. They will stay safe at a temperature of 78 to 80 degrees.

In the winter, pets grow back their coats to combat colder conditions. However, pets can be more susceptible to cold weather, especially when they are house pets and haven’t adjusted to the cold. Sudden temperature drops can affect their health.

If you have other pets – snakes, reptiles, birds, or other nonconventional pets – it’s best to check with your veterinarian to find the most appropriate temperatures while you’re away.

Safety Around Equipment

Animals are unaware of the dangers that exist around your home’s heating and cooling system. Depending on the placement and size of the vents in your home, your pets can potentially enter them and become stuck. Be sure all vents are covered in every room.

Your equipment should also be protected so pets can’t have access or tamper with the equipment. Even larger pets can get stuck by the equipment, knock or bump wires and hoses loose, and start problems that can quickly escalate. It can damage your equipment and impact your household almost immediately.

The easiest way to prevent problems is to block off the equipment. Shut the door or fence off areas where pets can make contact with equipment. Teach them to stay away from certain areas of your home. Inspect your home on a regular basis to ensure they didn’t accidentally wander into an area and create a potential problem.