In-Home Service Workers and Your Pets

In-Home Service Workers and Your PetsMost pet owners consider their pets part of the family. Pets, however, can’t be reasoned with when an HVAC technician or service worker comes to visit. Here are some important factors to keep in mind about your pets when someone arrives to work on your home:

Cats vs. Dogs

Most of the following advice applies to dogs instead of cats. Cats are more likely to find a place to hide, and stay there, while there are unfamiliar people in the house. The likelihood of someone new being bitten by a cat is also smaller than with a dog.

Unfriendly Pets

If your dog is normally unfriendly to someone new in your home, your choices are limited. Unfriendly dogs should be shut up in their kennels or crates, or in another room, until the service worker has finished and left. The chances of a dog bite are too great otherwise.

Neutral Pets

Service personnel can often make friends with dogs by calling them by their name, giving them treats, and giving the animal plenty of space. Speaking in a calm, low voice to the dog can also help it get accustomed to having someone new around.

Friendly Pets

If your dog normally turns into a lump of friendly, tail-wagging fur upon meeting new people, you may not have much to worry about in terms of harm to service personnel. You will want to make sure an overly-friendly or curious pet doesn’t get in the way or put itself in a position where it could be stepped on or hurt in some way.

However, you should still be cautious, even if your pet is friendly. Service personnel look different, smell different, and make unfamiliar motions and noises with their tools and equipment, which could cause unpredictable reactions from a dog.

With more than seventy years of experience in the HVAC industry, C. R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning provides expert HVAC services in Middletown and the surrounding communities. Contact us today for more information on how to make sure your pets and your HVAC service personnel have a safe and pleasant interaction.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about service and maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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