Many dog owners have a dog house in their garden so they can be safe and comfortable. Unlike us, dogs are not capable of regulating their body temperature as they can only sweat from their paws.
In the wintertime, wet dogs take a long time to dry naturally and will suffer joint stiffness due to the cold weather. So how do we keep them warm and dry in their dog house?
How do you keep a dog’s house warm and cool?
If you have a dog house in your yard, you may want to consider installing an air conditioner, even if your dog only uses the dog house for short periods.
Dog houses do not have a natural ventilation besides the entry hole and there is no airflow, so in warm weather, they can get quite hot. This puts your dog at risk of heatstroke since dogs are only capable of sweating through their paw pads.
Also, dog houses are not manufactured with any insulation, so they can get very cold in winter and even develop a layer of frost, putting your dog at risk of hypothermia.
The ideal temperature range for dogs is 45-80°F/7-27°C. Many air conditioning units have the capability to cool and heat the environment around them which means your dog is protected and comfortable year-round whenever he uses his dog house.
Considerations when purchasing a dog house AC
When purchasing an air conditioner for your dog house there are a few things to consider.
- The most important feature to check is the heating and cooling capability of the unit (BCU). It should have a large enough radius to cool and heat the entire space. A unit with at least 2000 BTU would be required for an outdoor dog house to ensure adequate power.
- The EER or Energy Efficiency rating tells you how efficient the unit is and how much energy it uses. Higher EER ratings are more efficient and will cost you less on your electric bill.
- The voltage requirements are important as you will need to have a suitable outlet to power the unit. It is recommended that you position your dog house close to an outlet.
- Check the installation instructions and consider whether you can fit the unit yourself or if the job requires the help of a professional.
- Additional features are handy such as auto timers for the heating or cooling, electronic thermostat display or dehumidifier capabilities.
- Finally, be sure of your budget so you don’t overspend or choose a unit outside of your price range.
Best Overall: ClimateRight Air Conditioner
When looking at all the essential features and any additional capabilities, the ClimateRight air conditioner takes the top spot. Although it is expensive at $385, it comes with the following features:
- 2500 BTU
- Lightweight and compact
- Easy to install
- Dehumidifying setting
- Fairly quiet at 55dB
- Standard 115v outlet required
If your dog has a larger dog house, ClimateRight also produces a 10,000 BTU model. Like the smaller 2500 BTU model, this larger option also uses a standard 115v outlet for power. It has a larger radius for heating and cooling, dehumidifying capabilities and offers auto on and off timers.
The unit also comes with a remote control that can be used indoors for even more control. Provided your dog house is positioned close to the house, the remote control can be used to change both the AC and heating settings.
This unit is slighter louder at 61dB and also heavier, but both units come with the same one-year warranty.
Best Budget: Wiland Portable Air Conditioner
If you are looking for a simple cooling/fan option then the Wiland Portable Air Conditioner is a good option. It is more budget-friendly than the ClimateRight since it does not have any heating features and the unit itself is small at just 9inches in height, width and depth.
The Wiland unit uses a 5v and can be powered by a power bank, laptop or mobile USB charging port. It also comes with a 30-day warranty for peace of mind.
In addition, to offer the standard fan/cooling option, the Wiland air conditioner also has dehumidifying capabilities. There is no way to control the temperature, but it is perfect for lowering the temperature by up to 5° or to provide a cool airflow.