Hot Pigs - Air Conditioning Options

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:11 pm


An hour later it's gone down to 95.

Ugh, I hate this climate!

tripecac

Post   » Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:36 pm


Hi! I ended up getting central air conditioning ($3400 total). So now it's very easy to keep the pigs cool, even when it's in the lower 80s outside (which it did for a couple days here)!

In fact, the A/C is so effective that I need to be careful not to freeze the piggies (who are downstairs) while trying to cool the upstairs. I've closed the vents downstairs and opened them upstairs, but it still gets a little toasty upstairs. So, we use fans to blow cool air from downstairs up the steps towards the upstairs. It seems to be working okay.

So, even with central A/C, we still need fans to even out the cooling. I wonder how big our power bill will be! Well, at least it's been cool recently (low 60s the last few days).

Are you guys still having hot weather?

I saw that the pet store uses water bottles, at least in the bunnies' cages.

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lisam

Post   » Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:44 pm


I have a question about "evaporative cooling", I think that's what you called it, Lynx. Do I put wet towels over the cage? The whole cage, or part? Does this make the area in the cage cooler?

I thought I had this thing figured out--my husband insulated the loft, and we have four fans going, and I put frozen water bottles in the cages. But the thermometer up there says it's 99 degrees F, and I'm getting a bit worried.

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lisam

Post   » Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:17 pm


Now I'm confused. I have one of those indoor outdoor electronic thermometers with a sensor. I have it sitting on one of the tables the pig cages are on. When it's on the outdoor setting it says 91, when I switch it to the indoor setting it says 98.

How about if I put a bucket full of ice in front of the fans?

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lisam

Post   » Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:58 pm


The wet towels over the cages appear to help. Tomorrow is supposed to be our hottest day!

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:08 pm


Evaporative cooling works when the air is dry. If the air is humid, the water won't evaporate (somehow as the water evaporates, the atmostphere gets cooler).

So yes, you're on the right track.

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lisam

Post   » Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:22 pm


Oh good. Our humidity today is only 35%. It's starting to cloud over though, maybe we'll be in for some thundershowers and cooler temps!

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KarasKavies
For the love of my girls!

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:20 am


My pigs have a slave in me! We are in Sonora (about 3 hours away from our San Jose home) and, when we left, I left the AC on for them!!! We had been having a heat wave of 90 and 100+ days and I just couln't see leaving them in a hot, closed in house when they are used to AC. It's all they ahve ever known!

So, instead of having 6 days of not paying for AC, we are paying for the piggies to be kept cool. it was the humane thing to do! AND... my 3 Hollister girls have their BDs this weekend. It can be their BD gift.

Needless to say, my friends who are watching my house, and do NOT have AC, think I am NUTS to cool the house for the pigs!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:17 am


I think you are SO RIGHT to do so. It will make a big difference to your guinea pigs. I'd do it too.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 11:51 am


Before I had so many pigs, I used to turn my a/c down when I left the house and turn it back up when I came home.

Now I have to leave it on all day! It's incredibly expensive, but I'm sure without it the older heart pigs would suffer.

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vince

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:19 pm


I have a tri level C&C cage, What I did was have it rigged with a thermostat (enclosed so the piggies can't get to it,) that is rigged to the air conditioning unit. When the temp gets up in the piggy cage it turns on and turns off when it reaches the lower limit. It works great. Of course thanks to my electrician friend who did all the wireing for me. On note before everyone asks. the wiring themometor etc is all enclosed so the piggies can not get to it

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lisam

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:28 pm


Have any of you seen those fan things that stick to pet carriers? Let's see if I can find one...

Here's one, it's called a crate fan.

I wonder if one would work attached to the side of a guinea pig cage?

Evangeline

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:33 pm


Well, we've had a few days of hellish temperatures. It's not so much the heat (well, still around 30'C in the shade) as much as the insane humidity levels. We've averaged 90%+ for the last week and a half. Basically, it's hot and sticky.

The house stays pretty cool as long as I have all doors and windows open. The patio door in the back lines up with the door on the front porch, so there is always a nice breeze going through.

However, since last week, we're spending about half our time at the summer property, so doors and first floor windows have to stay closed. I don't think teh temperature in here would get really high, but to be safe, we moved the pigs and buns in the basement until the end of August. I'm afraid Teresa will end up sending the C&C gestapo to take my animals away from me, but I think they'll be a lot more comfortable there. It's cool, dry (we have a dehumidifier running), they have natural light (four windows) and the temperature is very unlikely to vary. Besides, we need to tear the old plaster from the livingroom ceiling in the next few days and it's much safer for them to be down there.

So until temperatures are a little less extreme, I'm officially a bad owner for keeping my pigs in a basement all by their lonely little selves.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:25 pm


I wonder if one would work attached to the side of a guinea pig cage?
LAWomans is fostering some pigs for me, and the other day her power was slated to be down as some repairs were going to be done. She used battery operated cage fans on all the animal cages, since temperatures out here were over 100 degrees. Along with frozen water bottles, they apparently worked well.

It makes me think I should get some in case of a power outage. As it hit 110 here yesterday, I think I'd have a disaster on my hands if the a/c went out.

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lisam

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:15 pm


Thanks, Mum. I think I'll email her to find out what kind she got.

Some of us are so spoiled with our air conditioning. This thread has been very helpful to me, and hopefully to others who live in hot climates and who have to suffer with no AC.

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:37 pm


We hit 116.5 at 4:30 this afternoon, and my a/c circuit blew.

Luckily I just had to reset it, but I had a small panic before I realized what had happened!

Fweeprluvr

Post   » Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:26 pm


Oh god, that is scary Mum. I told my Mom to call if the power went out for very long today so I could bring the pigs to work if needed. The power went out for 3 hours yesterday, but they did ok. Doesn't this suck?

The place I want to move to in the mountains that is usually very cool got to 108 today. I didn't think it ever got that high there.

This SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS! I HATE the heat!

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Lynx
RESIST

Post   » Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:09 am


That is damn scary! I hope it breaks soon.

I'm prayin' for winter!

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Mum
I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:58 am


Apparently it hit 120 yesterday.

I'm pretty worried as we're supposed to get more of the same today.

If my a/c goes out I'll be taking 11 pigs to the mall :-p

Global warming is somewhat worrying!

Fweeprluvr

Post   » Sun Jul 23, 2006 2:39 pm


Last night at 9:30 at night it was 100 degrees.

Luckily by 1 am it had cooled down to a chilly 87 degrees.

I feel it is worth repeating. This SUCKS!

Did you see the lightning Mum? Major lightning storm to the south (which is rare, it is usually north or east). I was outside for about 20 minutes feeding a horse and hosing him down and I must have seen about 30 lightning flashes.

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