The Best Heated Dog House for Pampered Pooches: Solar Heating or Insulated Heat?
Solar heating is a method of heat generation which uses sunlight to produce hot water. It does not require any fuel such as oil, gas, coal or wood. Solar energy is generated from photovoltaic cells (PV) panels placed on roof tops and other structures. These solar panels convert light into electricity and then use it to power the PV panel system.
Insulation is a type of insulation that protects the structure against wind and cold. It helps keep the temperature within a certain range, thus preventing overheating. Insulating materials are usually made up of different types of fibers, like fiberglass, wool or polyester. They provide warmth without adding unnecessary weight to the structure.
There are two main types of solar heated dogs: solar thermal and solar electric heating systems. Solar thermal means using the sun’s rays to generate heat instead of burning fossil fuels. Solar electric means using electricity to generate heat instead of the sun. Both methods work very well, but they have their pros and cons.
Solar Thermal Heated Dog Houses for Dogs
One of the most popular solar heated dog houses is the one manufactured by Suntech International Inc., based in Irvine, California. This company manufactures a number of products including solar heated dog houses for dogs and cat condos. The house is made of highly durable resin and comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The company claims that the unit can be installed anywhere. It also says that the dog house will not only keep your pet warm but also clean. This is because it has an R value of 5.2, which means that it keeps the inside temperature at least 5.2 degrees higher than the outside temperature. The house measures 27 inches wide, 39 inches long and 34.5 inches high. The model is available in a classic style or an A-Frame design. It weighs 23 pounds and comes with stainless steel screws for easy installation. Suntech also manufactures dog houses for other pets, such as the popular cat condos.
The manufacturers of the Sunwave brand claim that their solar heated pet houses use a built-in thermostat to maintain the ideal temperature. Each house is equipped with a transparent, tempered safety glass window that allows enough sunlight to pass through, but not enough to overheat the structure. The house is made of durable and long-lasting resin and comes with an R value of 5.2, which means that it keeps the inside temperature at least 5.2 degrees higher than the outside temperature.
The houses are available in classic and A-Frame designs, both of which weigh less than 25 pounds. They measure 27 inches wide, 39 inches long and 34.5 inches high.
The best thing about both of these houses is that they do not need to be installed by a professional. All you have to do is follow the instructions included in the package and you should have no problems installing it on your own private property.
Solar-powered pet houses can be used in yards, backyards, on patios or even in camping areas. They are more popular among cat owners because felines can be very finicky creatures. However, there is a growing number of dog owners who are purchasing these types of dog houses as well.
Solar Heated Dog Houses or Pet Beds
There are many options when it comes to solar heated pet beds. One of the more popular ones is the Sunbeam pet bed. This pet bed comes with a faux sheepskin and a soft fleece pillow. It is also extra-thick for extra comfort.
You can either plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter or use the included 16 ounce propane cylinder to provide heat for your pet.
Another popular pet bed is the K&H Pet Products Premium Heated Cat Bed. This bed uses K&H’s patented technology to provide heat for your pet. A 200 thread count, soft and breathable cover surrounds a 1.5 inch layer of ultra-soft Sherpa fleece that can keep your pet warm on the coldest nights.
This bed includes a universal adapter that can be used with a car’s interior cigarette lighter, or it can be powered by an array of other power sources.
There are many other heated pet beds on the market. Like with heated pet houses, you may need to call and ask a sales associate for help if you have a particular brand of solar panel. No matter which bed you choose, your pet will appreciate the extra warmth during the winter months.
Cat Trees and Condos
Cat trees are popular cat furniture additions. These structures come in all shapes and sizes, with some models being simple carpeted platforms and others, like the Ultimate Cat Condo, looking like small two and a half story houses for cats! Most cat trees are designed with multiple levels and enclosed areas to allow your cats to play, hide, or just climb around. The spaces between the posts can also be used as pathways for wiring cat toys through.
Cat trees and condos can also be a great place to get your pet used to grooming. Grooming is an important part of cat ownership and by taking some time out during the week or month to brush your cat(s) and trim their nails, you will have a healthier, happier pet. (And you won’t have to worry as much about the shedding!)
If you are looking for a cat tree or condo, be sure to measure your pet carefully. Some models only accommodate smaller cats or kittens and are too small for larger breeds and their long, gangly limbs. Some are also very large and may not fit in your home. Always measure your pet first and then take that measurement with you when you shop for a tree or condo.
Cat trees can be found at most pet stores or online. As with heated pet houses and pet beds, you may need to call around to local pet stores or search the web to find the best deals on cat trees and condos in your price range.
Cats are notorious for sneaking out the door when it is opened. Even cats who stay in the back yard often sneak inside when their owners open the door without realizing the cat is hiding behind their leg. Some pets take off and are never seen again while others are hit by cars or taken by predators. Cats who stay in the yard can also be a nuisance to neighbors if they use their yards as well.
A cat door allows your pet to freely come and go into the house as he pleases, without opening the main door. Most cat doors are designed so that only your pet’s collar can pass through it, keeping predators from coming inside.
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