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For dogs that spend more time outdoors than indoors, a dog house is imperative for shelter against the elements.
For the winter months specifically, ensuring your dog has the proper resources to stay warm is not only a matter of comfort but safety.
When temperatures dip below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), it’s time to install a dog house heater.
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What is a Dog House Heater?
A dog house heater is any device in which the prime function is to produce heat, whether it’s for an entire dog house or a small area. In this post, we’ll share 6 different types that are on the market.
- Electric heater box: This type can be mounted on the wall of your dog house or on top of a solid object. Electrical currents are converted into heat that can warm an entire area.
- Microwavable pad: This is a simple pad made from non-toxic materials that can be heated in the microwave. It’s fast, convenient and lasts over 8 hours, but it only heats one small spot. This is great for crates and puppy playpens.
- Light bulb space heater: This is a classic heating tool used for farm animals, reptiles and can also be used for dog houses. It comes in the form of a light bulb or a ceramic bulb that doesn’t emit light, which is easier on your dog’s eyes.
- Insulated dog house: If you live in a region known for bitter winters, a more permanent solution is to purchase a dog house built for the cold with thick, wooden and foam insulated walls, a doggie door, and a raised wooden floor. Learn all about heated dog houses here.
- Heated pad or bedding: This can be a thick, fleece-lined bed or a thin thermal pad that fits inside or under a fabric bed. Read more about Heated Dog Beds.
- Solar powered dog house heater: Take energy efficiency to the next level by building your own solar heater system with a solar panel, battery, and solar inverter.
A quality heater will be energy efficient, take safety into consideration with design and most importantly- keep your fur baby warm.
Remember that your dog’s well being comes first
When choosing a heater, consider your dog’s weight, fur type, breed and other health issues regarding tolerance to climate.
Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, monitor your dog closely for discomfort, as the cold can be dangerous for her health. This can include shivering, anxiety whining or sluggishness.
For dogs with thin coats, small dogs or older dogs, it may be best to bring them indoors.
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Electric dog house heater
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A solar-powered dog house heater
Want to go green by harnessing the energy of the sun to heat your dog house? For a solar dog house heater, you’ll have to buy separate products and install the solar heater system yourself.
The good news is, the installation process is not rocket science. The downside is that you’ll spend more than you would on say, a dog heating pad. But, think of the energy you’ll save in the long run all while reducing the carbon footprint!
We’ll give you a brief tutorial on how to get your DIY solar heater up and running. But first, take a look at this step-by-step video that offers an easy break down of what to do and what you’ll need.
The most important items you will need to purchase are a 100 w solar panel and a 300 w solar inverter charger. This is what will power your dog house heater.
100 W solar panel
From monocrystalline to polycrystalline solar panels, these are quality options to mount on top of your dog house.
Monocrystalline solar panels are the most efficient because they use the highest grade silicone, which gives them higher longevity and space efficiency.
Polycrystalline solar panels cost less and are simpler to manufacture, but the overall performance is outdone by monocrystalline.
- Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
- HQST 100 Watt 12Volt Off Grid Polycrystalline Portable Foldable Solar Panel
- Winnewsun Flexible Solar Panel
- Lensun 100W 12V Black Fiberglass Semi-Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel
- ACOPOWER 100W Portable Solar Panel Kit
300 W solar inverter charger
This is what you’ll need to convert solar energy into electrical energy. You’ll position this inside or near your garage. Here are some of our top picks for inverters.
Keep in mind that the products we listed are very powerful and can be used to supply power to other appliances within your home.
This video gives you more information about how to pick a solar inverter.
You’ll also want to hook up a 12v battery from your local hardware shop. This will attach to the solar inverter and solar panel and accumulate energy for future use.
Lastly, the power grid will connect to the inverter. This is where you’ll plug your dog heater ( such as one of the electric box heaters or plug-in pads we reviewed) and other appliances of your choice to receive converted solar power.
Conclusion: What is the best way to heat a dog house?
Ultimately, how you decide to heat your dog house depends on the needs of you and your dog. It also matters where you live and how cold it gets. The more frigid the temperatures, the higher quality products you’ll want to invest in.
For extremely cold regions, an insulated dog house such as the Dog Palace by ASL Solutions comes fully insulated for the cold with cord access to install an electric heater or heating pad.
An electric heater box, such as the ClimateRight Heater & Fan is an excellent option to provide widespread heating and cooling throughout your dog house.
Heating lamps are cheaper and only heat a small space within the doghouse The Premier Heat Lamp offers peace of mind with extra safety features, such as an anti-chew cord and protective lamp barrier.
If you just want convenient, cost-effective heating, then a specialized microwavable or plug-in pad boosts the temperature of your dog’s bedding with little fuss. The K&H Pet Products Deluxe Lectro-Soft Outdoor Heated Bed and Snuggle Safe Microwavable Pad will keep your dog toasty for hours. Take a look at more options for heated dog beds here.