If you have a fenced yard, a door for dogs can be a comfort for your pet. Let your four-legged friend and out of the house as you need it, without you having to see you involved. This can be especially useful if you are away from home for long periods of time during the day.
Installing a dog door may sound like a good solution, but before you buy one, there are some things you should consider.
Install a pet door takes a little work, but you can do it yourself. According to Consumer Affairs*, there are many types of doors with many levels of difficulty of installation – although most are not very complex. The dog doors that you can install yourself include:
- Sliding door inserts: inserts glass dog doors fit into your sliding glass door, bolted to the frame and can be secured using the lock on your sliding door says DoItYourself.com *. The disadvantage of these doors is that they do not have much insulation discusses the Consumer Affairs *.
- Folding doors: These doors are usually installed on a wall or door and include a plastic cap to block the opening. They also have coverage that you can slide over the top to close the door when you do not want your dog out. The New York Times* indicates that you can install the door yourself if you have a jigsaw.
- Automatic doors: These are similar to the swing doors in terms of installation, but technology helps provide additional security indicate Consumer Affairs. * Chicago Tribune * commented that the door can slide up and down or the lid can be opened by a signal sent by a computer chip or a transmitter on the collar of your dog. If another animal (or person) without the sensor tries to enter, the door will not open.
If the convenience of a dog door strikes you, keep in mind these precautions to help prevent wild animals or intruders from gaining access to your home:
- Placement: The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI, for its acronym in English) * recommended to place the dog doors away from the main doors so that the handle can not be reached through the opening.
- Height: if your dog is large enough, install your door at least five inches above the ground to prevent smaller animals reach the opening recommended Consumer Affairs.
- Lock: If you choose a dog door with a sliding cover, be sure to close the door during the night, Contact this site for a locksmith.
- Accessibility: NACHI suggests you get an electronic pet door if you’re concerned about safety, because only your dog will be able to open it.
Saving electrical energy can be another aspect to consider when deciding whether a dog door is right for you. Because a pet door is opening to the outside, you can let the cold air or hot exhaust indicates the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE, for its acronym in English) *. This can lead to energy bills larger and perhaps an uncomfortable atmosphere in your home.
Fortunately, ASE also indicates that dog doors can save electricity and provide isolation through an airtight to help block air exchange seal. Or you can opt for double folding doors that provide an extra layer of protection.
A dog door can be a great comfort for you and your furry friend. But, before choosing one, make sure to get information and select the one that best fits your needs.