Track your home’s temperature and humidity to keep your pets safe in the summer heat

by Alja Isakovic

Having a hot summer? It’s a good thing most of us work in air conditioned offices! But what about our beloved pets that stay indoors during the hottest part of the day? There are several things you can do to keep them safe during a heat wave. And the CubeSensors you have around the home can help you keep track of your home’s temperature and humidity even when you’re not around.

Epic the Maine Coon cat with CubeSensors

Set the right temperature depending on your pet’s breed

Generally speaking, dogs and cats are still comfortables at slightly higher temperatures than humans. For example, most cats won’t have problems dealing with temperatures up to 85°F (30°C). In fact, I often find my own cats, even the long haired Maine Coon, napping in the sunniest and hottest spots of the flat.

On the other hand, chinchillas can start overheating when the temperature rises above 75°F (24°C) and will have serious problems at temperatures cats are still comfortable with.

Different breeds and older animals also have different preferences and needs. It’s a good idea to ask your vet for personalized recommendations for your pet and use to the Cubes to check that your pets aren’t exposed to dangerously highly temperatures.

Checking your home's temperature in CubeSensors web app

High humidity is just as dangerous

You can also use the Cubes to keep an eye on the humidity levels, which can get uncomfortably high on really hot days. Dogs keep cool by panting, which evaporates moisture from their lungs and takes the heat away from their bodies. Just like your sweat can’t evaporate as easily when the humidity is too high, your dog won’t be able to keep herself cool if it’s too humid. Ideally, you should aim for less than 60% humidity.

Having the AC on can help you lower the humidity. That’s why ACs are a better choice than fans if you have pets. Fans do help to move the air around, but aren’t as effective at keeping your pets cool.

Checking your home's humidity in CubeSensors web app

Leave your pets with plenty of shade, fresh water and cool treats

Even with the AC on, it’s a good idea to prepare a few extra cooling measures before leaving home in the morning. Close the blinds, curtains or shades on your closed windows after you’ve let the fresh morning air in. This will lower the energy costs of air conditioning, while also creating cool spots where your pets can retreat to during the hottest part of the day.

And while pets keep their cool differently from us, they do appreciate cool treats just as we do. Cool, fresh and clean water should always be at the reach of their paws. Dogs might even appreciate ice cubes in their water bowls or freezing toys they can chew on. You can also make cooled mats available, either by buying ones filled with cooling gel or by soaking regular mats in cold water.

Devon Rex cat enjoying the summer sun

Little improvements for your CubeSensors app

by Alja Isakovic

Have you noticed some of the little things we’ve added to your CubeSensors web app? Most noticeably, we’ve now improved the information you see for Cubes that are either discharged or disconnected from the network. When any of your Cubes goes offline, the app will show you more details about why and when that happened and what you can do to bring the Cube back online.

CubeSensors web app offline notifications

For those of you who use CubeSensors Sleep to track your bedrooms, we’ve recently added advice on how you can prepare your bedrooms for sleep. This advice only appears in the evening and only for Cubes that are used in bedrooms, so it doesn’t get in the way when you don’t need it.

CubeSensors prepare your bedroom for sleep advice

And even though our office Cubes are complaining about raising temperatures, we’re still working hard on even bigger summer updates for the app and your Cubes. We can’t wait to tell you more about what we’re preparing!

Meet the Cube makers: David Panzalović, Developer

by Alja Isakovic

After welcoming a full-time designer, we also wanted to expand the CubeSensors team with somebody who could translate Maša’s new designs into our app.

David Panzalović, front-end developer at CubeSensors

David joined the team in November and has since taken over most of front-end development for our web app. His first big project was the new Settings section that was released as part of our big Sleep update. In the coming months, he’ll also be adding other cool, commonly requested features and visual improvements to the app.

David is a skilled front-end developer, which he’s also proved by setting up his own online gift shop, which he runs as a hobby, together with his wife. He’s also the most musically gifted member of our team. He regularly performs on his guitar as the bearded half of the Nina & David Acoustic duo and as a base player with Hish N’ Band.