22 Ways To Heat, Warm or Insulate A Dog House For Cold Weather & Winter

 

We’ve previously outlined ways to potentially cool a dog house down in the summer and in hot weather.

In the guide below though, we have listed ways to potentially heat, warm or insulate a dog house during cold weather and winter.

You may find one option that is useful to you.

 

(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice. See a vet or qualified expert for professional advice)

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22 Ways To Heat, Warm or Insulate A Dog House For Cold Weather & Winter

 

Summary Of Ways To Warm A Dog House

There are many ways you can make and keep a dog house warm, including having a well designed and constructed dog house, modifying the dog house, actively warming the dog house, moving the location of the dog house, and more.

 

A summary of the different ways include:

Buy a new specifically designed thermal dog house

Put the dog house in a warmer location

Patch up the existing dog house

Insulate the existing dog house

Raise the floor of the dog house off the ground

Install a dog flap

Line the floor of the dog house

Use a hot water bottle or microwavable cushion

Use a heated dog mat

Use a heated dog bed

Use a self warming dog bed

Use a heater bulb in a metal unit

Use a ceramic heater or an infrared bulb in a lamp clasp

Use a dog house heater/furnace

Use a dog house heater with a ventilation fan (2 in 1 heater / fan for winter and summer)

Use a big dog heater (for kennel runs, not dog houses)

Install an underfloor heating system

Use a dryer hose

Hook a ceramic heater up to a 12 volt battery

Other DIY options

Buy cold weather dog sweater for your dog

Buy a dog snood (head scarf/beanie/ear warmer) for your dog

 

1. Buy A Specially Designed Insulated Dog House

If your current dog house is looking a bit old and worn down, or it just doesn’t look very weatherproof, you might look for a new one.

You can buy a new dog house similar to the model you have, build one yourself that is better insulated and better designed, or buy a specially designed insulated dog house.

There are dog houses on the market that are made with insulation, warmth and ventilation in mind.

Two dog houses on the market that are made especially with insulation, warmth and ventilation in mind are:

 

Both are quite expensive, but considering how well designed they are and with their insulation features, they are well worth it.

If you want other dog house options – check out this guide – Best Overall Dog Houses

Other than the dog houses listed above, some dog owners may find the following popular dog houses suitable, depending on whether they are able to make sure the dog house is placed in a location where the dog’s warmth or cooling is adequate enough:

– Plastic Dog Houses

 

– Wooden Dog Houses

 

(Note that you should measure you dog’s dimensions, and check the inner dimensions of the dog house prior to buying to confirm there will be enough room for your dog. Some of the the above dog houses may or may not be suitable for your individual dog, depending on their size.)

 

You might make sure the dog house:

Has some level of insulation from cold and warmth (in the roof, walls and floor)

Has room for warm bedding on the floor

Has a design/construction that is sealed from rain and doesn’t let wind through, but does ventilate

 

2. Put The Dog House In A Warmer Location 

A fairly simple one.

If the dog house is in the open, it is exposed to rain, wind, snow and the chilly elements.

Moving the dog house to an undercover area like the patio, or the garage, or even inside, may lead to it being warmer.

Walls and a roof to can act as wind and weather breaks.

 

3. Patch Up Holes & Gaps In The Dog House Floor, Walls and Roof

For existing dog houses, make sure they are weather proof from water and wind.

Inspect the dog house, and make sure there’s no gaps or holes (other than ventilation) between the dog house joints (especially where the floor meets the walls, between the walls, and where the walls meet the roof), and on the dog house in general.

Gaps and holes can let cold, wind or water and water through.

 

If you find gaps and holes, you can buy some waterproof glue/caulking agent or a polyfill glue to fill up holes and gaps.

If you do find holes, you can patch over them with polyfil glue or another water proof type caulk.

 

4. Consider Insulating The Floor, Walls and Roof

The floor, walls and roof can also be insulated if they aren’t already.

To do this, you might:

Buy some rolls or squares of thick polystyrene or styrofoam.

You’ll also want to get some aluminium foil or insulation backing/insulation tape (like this aluminium tape used for HVAC, Ducts and Insulation on Amazon), some thin wooden ply, and some 2 x 4 pieces of timber.

Build a frame with the 2 x 4 on each flat surface of the dog house – the floor, the walls and the roof.

Place the foam inside the frames and staple or tape the aluminium material over the top (so both are sitting inside the frame)

Then, nail the ply sheet over the frame.

Instead of creating new frames, you could also retrofit the foam and A/C flexible sheet material to the existing dog house inside the existing floor, walls and roof – but it depends on what’s easiest and how skilled you are.

 

Poly foam insulation in the wall frames, floor joists and roof frame can keep warmth in and the cold out.

Usually 1 inch of foam does the trick.

You can even use soy foam to be environmentally friendly.

A good waterproof roof might be made of water resistant felt paper, a drip edge and asphalt shingles on the roof can keep rain out and keep the inside dry.

On top of this, a solid wood or hard plastic outer shell helps protect the insulation and the inside of the dog house.

 

What you use for insulation material and how you adhere or fix it to the dog house is up to you. 

 

Plastic dog houses might be slightly different to insulate compared to wooden ones.

 

5. Raise The Floor Of The Dog House Off The Ground

Surfaces like a concrete floor can get cold in the winter, and wet grass can similarly be a poor insulator under a dog house.

And if you live somewhere where it rains a lot, or there’s snow and ice, the ground is going to be both cold and wet.

A good dog house will have a raised floor (or be highly insulated).

If your current dog house needs to be raised off the ground, a cheap way that people raise their dog’s house off the ground is with a solid wooden palette, or a simple 2 x 4 frame with a thick piece of ply nailed on top.

 

6. Install a Dog Flap

Does the current dog house have an entry/exit flap?

Flaps are great for keeping out a chilly wind.

Buy, or cut to size a vinyl or plastic dog flap yourself.

 

7. Line/Insulate The Floor Of The Dog House

One of the best ways to help a dog house floor retain more heat.

Even with a raised floor that is naturally insulated, you can still do more to provide your dog with a warmer dog house floor. 

You can put an evenly layered straw base down under a rug – straw doesn’t wet or freeze so it makes a good insulator.

Make sure you don’t use hay, or any organic material with seeds or itchy parasites that can get stuck in your dog’s hair or irritate their skin.

Also make sure the material is organized in a way, or the dog house is put in a location, that won’t attract other pests or animals to nest in the straw while your dog is out of the dog house.

On top of the straw you can lay down a thermal rug, such as a Utopia Bedding polar fleece thermal blanket (on Amazon).

This rug provides an extra layer of insulation, is soft and comfortable, and helps prevent the straw from moving around and getting everywhere! 

You can lay your dog’s regular mattress or bed on top now.

 

8. Hot Water Bottle Or Microwavable Cushion

A cheap and easy option, but obviously a water bottle or a heat cushion under a blanket is only going to last a few hours.

You can put a hot water bottle under a blanket on the mattress, or do the same with a microwavable cushion (make sure it isn’t in direct contact with your dog’s skin though).

Both provide heat, but have them under a rug so they don’t burn your dog.

 

9. Heated Dog Mats & Pads

Electric heated dog pads and mat are essentially corded mats/pads that can warm up your dog’s bed and blankets for them.

Dogs can even lay directly on the pad themselves.

One of the advantages of a dog house heater pad is that you can remove them when your dog goes to lay down.

They usually have an internal thermostat so the pad heats up to the body temperature of your dog. It’s not too hot and not too cold for them – it’s a comfortable heat.

Something like the K&H Manufacturing Lectro-Kennel Heated Pad (on Amazon) is popular.

It’s both an indoor and outdoor use mat, and it’s very economic – uses only 80 watts. 

 

Heated pads are pretty simple to operate – you plug them in and they heat up to body temperature.

Some things to look out for if you use them are:

You place them on a flat surface out of direct weather

Check the voltage of the pad (should be 110-120), plug it in and the thermostat should prevent it from getting too hot.

You’ll need to have your dog’s house next to a power source, or have access to a power source to run the bed

Measure the length and width of the dog kennel inside before ordering the size of dog pad you want. Leave enough room inside the dog house just in case

You should have an area inside the dog house, or outside somewhere, where your dog can lay down separately from the pad. This is in case the pad gets too hot for them

To test the pad is working, lay a pillow ontop of it for 20-30 minutes and come back. The underside of the pillow should be warm

Read the product instructions, warnings and warranty description for all other information and for how to set up and use safely

The product should meet the electrical standards of the country you are in

 

In any heating product for dog houses, look to see that the cord is spring or metal covered to protect against chewing (if your dog like to chew cords). Also make sure it’s outside rated.

 

10. Heated Dog Bed

The same principle as a heated dog mat, except these are more of a bed with more support and cushion.

A heated dog bed is attached to an electrical cord, and when turned on provides a heated surface for your dog to lay and sleep on.

The actual bed heats up instead of using a heated dog mat to warm the surface.

K & H Manufacturing has a heated dog bed:

It uses 60 Watts of Electricity – inexpensive and economical to run.

It comes in different sizes, and can be used inside or outside.

Note that it’s designed only to warm up to the body temperature of your dog, and it’s not recommended for pets that chew or are destructive in any way. 

Considerations for a heated dog bed are similar to considerations for a heated dog mat/pad.

 

11. Self Warming Dog Bed/Thermal Dog Pad

You can get self warming crate pads that you can find the right size for for your dog house.

These self warming pads have a reflective layer on the inside that radiates your dog’s heat back to them – at least more so than a regular mattress or pad does.

A popular self warming bed is the Mocha K&H Manufacturing Crate Pad for Pets (on Amazon)

It also comes in a tan color.

 

12. Heater Bulb In Metal Unit

You can get light bulbs in metal units that radiate some heat, but not a massive amount.

The metal unit is so your dog doesn’t touch the light bulb and get burnt.

Dog house heaters and infrared light bulbs are better ideas in our opinion.

 

13. Dog House Furnace/Heater

One of the most popular options to heat a dog house.

 

Akoma Hound Heater

A popular option is the Akoma Hound Heater Dog House Furnace Deluxe (on Amazon)

 

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Deluxe Akoma Hound Heater Dog House Furnace With Cord Protector and Mounting Template (on Amazon)

 

– Potential Features

A 100,000 cycle Thermostat – so you can control the minimum and maximum temperatures that the heater operates at. Adjusts from 30 to 100 F

Can heat up to a 32 cubic feet dog house (3 x 3 x 3.5 feet (length x width x depth))

Dimensions of the furnace unit measure roughly 10.5 inches wide X 10 inches tall X 4.5 inches deep – it’s quite small and compact

A High Limit Switch Shutoff – unit shuts down if it reaches 210 F

A heat shield that protects your pet from getting burned

A spring-protected cord that’s safe for your pet

Long-lasting, 150-watt heating element

Has 150 Watts of heating power (a 150 watt element), and draws roughly 1.3 Amps

A 7 Foot Stainless Steel Spring Protected Cord – to protect against chewers

Has rounded corners on the heater (for added safety)

Includes an installation bracket/mounting plate

Also has an Igloo Dog House Bracket Available – in case you have an igloo dog house and not a flat surface dog house

Has easy to follow installation instructions

Quiet Easy To Install – 1) Drill a hole through the wall of the house, 2) Feed the cord through the hole, 3) Mount the Hound Heater Dog House Furnace using the integrated mounting plate, 4) Set the thermostat and plug in. 5) Installation complete. You will need a measuring device, drill, 1 1/8″ wood bit, screw driver and six wood screws (not included). Note though, these steps aren’t a substitute for the installation instructions provided by the manufacturer.

May not be expensive to run

 

Potential Drawbacks

For Best Results, you may need a dog house with a dog flap, and insulation. The dog house needs to be fully enclosed essentially. If your dog house has no insulation or gaps and holes in it, this heater will not work for you.

Control Knob might be cheap and a little flimsy

May not be 100% Accurate Or Precise in showing heat level

Actual Unit Might Get Hot To Touch – whilst the heating element is covered, the actual unit can get hot at high heat. You will need to make sure the heater is near to top and out of the way on the side or back wall, or come up with a guard of your own so your dog doesn’t touch it.

The Heater Works, But The Dispersal Of Heat Can Be Inconsistent – even with this heater in your dog’s house, it’s still worth having a properly insulated dog house floor with warm blankets so your dog’s stomach and front doesn’t get cold

Durability – the heater comes with a warranty, but how many years it will last (whether it is a 2 year + heater or not) is not clear. When you buy, check warranty conditions and length

 

*Safety With A Dog House Heater

With a dog house heater, you absolutely need to be across the safety aspect of the installation.

In particular pay attention to:

Read all instructions, warnings and product information for the heater carefully

Fire hazards that the heater may come in contact with (wood/straw and other flammable material)

Electrocution hazards that the heater may present (water, chewing through the wire, coming into contact with metal etc.). It’s worth checking the outdoor rating and waterproofing level of the heater

Consult an electrician or qualified professional if you are unsure about any of the technical or electrical aspects of the heater

Consult a vet if you are unsure as to what temperatures are safe for your dog (both hot and cold)

 

In regards to the positioning of any heater, definitely read the installation instructions and follow them.

But, in general:

You generally want to mount this dog house heater on the back wall with a little distance between the side walls and the ceiling, and the heater and the wall it is mounted on itself

Mount the heater up higher where your dog won’t roll on it or reach and touch it

The heater is electric and needs to be plugged in. Make sure the dog house is near a power source, the cords are out of the way and not in the constant weather, and are covered so they don’t present a chewing hazard for your dog

 

Other things to consider:

If there is enough room in the house for the heater to be installed safely

If your dog is a chewer, select an option where the cords are protected or concealed

Make sure you can run electricity to the dog house if picking an electric heater

 

14. Dog House Furnace/Heater and Vent Fan (for summer and winter)

The same as a dog house heater except you can get two in one heaters that also have a ventilation fan.

Akoma do the Akoma Heat N Breeze Dog House Heater and Fan (on Amazon).

You can switch the heater element off and turn the fan on in the warmer summer months, where the unit will blow air.

It’s not an A/C but more of a fan that just moves air.

 

15. Small Infrared Heat Emitter/Lamp Bulb

We’ve previously written about heat lamps for dog houses here.

A very small 100 or 150 Watt infrared heat emitter brooder might be suitable.

They are non light emitting lamp bulbs, designed for reptile terrariums to heat up the body and encourage blood flow and circulation. 

They can’t be touched directly though as they get hot – so you do have to figure out a bracket and protection system for them to put them in the dog house.

Be very careful with a lamp bulb – they aren’t designed for dog houses or small spaces and you often can’t regulate their temperature.

Only go this option if you know what you’re doing from a safety and installation perspective.

You can get a Lamp Bulb like the BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic Infrared Lamp Bulb (on Amazon).

 

16. Big Dog Kennel Infrared Heater

There are big infrared dog kennel heaters as well.

Although these are not for dog houses. They are for bigger kennel runs.

 

17. Underfloor Heating System

An underfloor heating system is essentially heating strips or heating pads (similar to an underfloor heating system you get put in your house) that are put under the dog house floor.

They are completely concealed along with the cords, which is good for chewers, and heat the floor of the dog house so it is warmer.

heatmyfloors.com has a good explanation of how underfloor dog house heating works and is installed.

 

It might be more of a complicated and costly option. This option might generally involve:

Putting down a sub floor of foam insulation

Laying down several strips of a proprietary dog house underfloor heating system over the sub floor

Running wires from the heating strips to a battery or power source (and concealing/covering them, plus water and weather proofing them in say a conduit)

Installing the primary floor over the sub floor and heating system

 

18. Dryer Hose

A DIY option. 

For this, you have to position your dog’s house next to the house.

It essentially involves using the dryer hose and a fan to blow warm air from inside into the dog’s house.

You have to take care to make this installation safe and waterproof and bug proof it.

 

19. Use Ceramic Heater

Some people have hooked up a small 12v ceramic heater to a gel cell battery – and installed it in the roof of the dog house.

It takes some know how, but it can be done.

 

20. Try other DIY Dog House Heating Solutions

You may have other DIY solutions you think might work to heat the dog house.

We personally don’t support DIY solutions unless you’re a professional, or you seek professional advice.

When the risk is an electrical fire or harming your dog, it’s just much easier and safer to buy a heating unit that usually only requires mounting and is designed to heat.

Undertake DIY options at your own risk.

 

21. Buy A Dog Sweater

You can also check out an array of dog sweaters on Amazon, such as the Zack and Zoey Blanket Coat (on Amazon)

 

22. Dog Snood 

Zoo Snoods or Dogs Snoods (on Amazon) are simple knitted headpieces that are designed to keep your dog’s head and ears warm

 

What Might Be The Easiest/Simplest Way To Heat A Dog House?

To easiest/simplest way might be to make sure the dog house is well insulated in the first place (as part of it’s design), and/or to place it in a warm spot.

Having to make modifications to the dog house, or add things such as heaters and lamps, can have a number of factors to consider.

 

Heating A Dog House Safely, & Hazards You Might Keep An Eye Out For

The potential hazards, risks and overall safety will be different depending on what devices or method you use to keep the dog house warm (plus other variable factors like installation, conditions, environment, expertise etc.).

For example, a dog house heater designed specifically for heating and being installed in a dog house might have a different and higher level of safety than an infrared ceramic heater lamp designed for reptile terrariums, or an array of the DIY heating options out there.

Below are some general hazards and safety considerations to be aware of:

 

Potential Safety Hazards

Electrocution if the heating device or cord gets wet

Electrocution if the cord get damaged or frayed and comes in contact with metal

Electrocution if the cord is not concealed or metal wrapped and your dog chews through it

A fire if the heater comes in contact with flammable material or heats up other material

An electrical fire

A fire if the unit overheats

Your dog touching the heating device and getting burnt

The heating device not having temperature control and overheating the area

 

Minimizing Hazards & Increasing Safety When Heating A Dog House

The following strategy and features might increase safety when heating a dog house:

Metal cords, spring wrapped cords, cords in PVC pipes, or completely concealed cords can help prevent chewing

Conceal or cover the cord if you can so your dog can’t access it

Have a heating device rated for outside use

Have a water proof heating unit

Have a unit that meets electrical certification and standards in your country or area

Consult an electrician and/or a vet for both electrical technical assistance, and heating health information regarding heating a dog house

Pick a heating unit or units that are designed for a dog house, and in particular, the type and size of dog house that you have (check how many cubic feet they are designed to heat)

To minimise the risk of hazards, opt for a pre made or easy to install heater instead of trying to make and install something yourself

Choose a heating unit with a burn shield or burn guard, and a mounting guard with a heat protector. Make sure the heating element is concealed in a chew proof bracket so your dog can’t touch it and get burnt

Install the heating unit away from the adjoining walls and ceiling, and a few inches off of the wall it is installed on to prevent the walls heating up

Choose a heating unit with a thermostat allows you to control the heat level, or cap the maximum heat. You can set the minimum and maximum temperatures for the heater to turn on and off – so the heater doesn’t stay running, and so the air doesn’t get too hot or too cold

Install the heating unit away from the entrance of the dog house, and preferably on a corner back wall where your dog won’t touch it or roll on it

Bring the dog house under cover under a patio, inside the garage, or allow your dog to sleep inside if it’s too cold – all these options provide more cover from the cold and the elements

Always read what a product is designed for, and any warnings or installation instructions carefully.

When putting straw on the dog house bed, don’t use hay or a product that has seeds or anything which can get stuck in your dog’s skin or fur and cause irritations

 

Other Notes On Heating, Warming & Insulating A Dog House

Warming vs Insulating – The Difference

Warming involves heating up a dog house

Insulating involves keeping a dog house warm once it’s been warmed. It can also involve keeping the cold out

 

Checklist For Warming & Insulating A Dog House

1. Does Your Dog Need Heating or Insulation In Their Dog House?

2. Check The Existing Dog House For Insulation and Heating Features and Capabilities

3. Ask, Is It Time To Get A New Dog House That Is Better Designed, Built, Insulated and Warmer?

4. Implement Options and Products To Make and Keep The Dog House Warmer

5. Consider The Most Common, Easiest and Cost Effective Options Of Heating A Dog House That Other Owners Implement

6. Consider Safety For Your Dog When Running Electrical Products To The Dog House

7. Consider Other Miscellaneous Factors About The Dog House, and Heating/Insulation

 

Prompts Your Dog Might Need To Be Kept Warmer

If your dog is older (metabolism issues might mean it’s difficult for them to regulate their body temperature)

If your dog is pregnant or whelping 

If you live in cold climates with cold weather, ice or even snow (cities like Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin for example can get very cold)

If your dog isn’t a natural cold weather dog (generally, dogs like Alaskan Malamutes, Huskies and Samoyeds that were bred for colder climates might deal with the cold better than other breeds)

If your dog is shaking, or starts to look sick in the cold weather

 

Assessing The Existing Dog House

Once you know that your dog’s house needs to be made and kept warmer, check the features and capability of your existing dog house to get and stay warm.

Look out for and consider addressing the following:

 

Insulation

Are the walls, floor and roof of the house insulated with a material that keeps out the cold and retains heat inside well?

Poly foam is usually used inside the outer casing of the house. For example, in a dog house made of wood, 1 inch of poly foam can be placed in between the floor joists and wall and roof frames.

There are even environmentally friendly options like soy foam

 

Raised Floor

Is the house raised off the cold concrete or icy ground? 

The base can be pre built to be raised, or you can use a wooden pallet.

 

Waterproof, and wind and weather resistant

How does the dog house rate overall in these areas?

Make sure the walls have no gaps in them so wind and water doesn’t get through

Water resistant felt paper, a drip edge and asphalt shingles on the roof can keep rain out and keep the kennel dry

 

Dog Flap

Does the dog house have a dog house flap to keep out the cold?

Either the dog house will already have one, or you can install a rubber or vinyl flap yourself without comprising the insulation/front wall.

 

Undercover

Is the dog house in a position undercover out of the rain, wind and elements?

It can massively help if the dog house is next to the main house undercover, or in a garage area.

 

Near Electrical Outlet

Is the dog house near an electrical outlet/source

Important in case you install a heating product of some type light a dog house heater/furnace.

 

Dimensions

Measure the length, width and height of your dog’s house 

Do this for two reasons – a) to get the volume of air inside, and b) you want to make sure your dog has enough room to move around inside, but that there isn’t too much extra volume and space so that you’re having to heat up too much air space or you are losing heat.

 

What Might Be Some Of The Cheaper Ways To Heat A Dog House?

Obviously, any methods that don’t involve the use of electricity might be cheaper.

 

Of the options mentioned in the above guide, we list below the categories they might fit into:

Options That Are Free Or Involve A One Time Payment

Put the dog house undercover and away from the weather and elements

Free

 

– Buy a new specifically designed thermal dog house

Can be a few hundred dollars, but can be worth the money in some instances.

 

– Insulate or patch up the existing dog house

Not very expensive.

You’re looking at patching the dog house up with some waterproof glue, or lining it with homemade insulation like poly/styrofoam or A/C duct insulation and cloth.

 

– Raise the floor of the dog house off the ground

Very cheap.

You can find a solid wooden pallet and use that to prop the dog house up off the ground.

 

– Install a dog flap

Extremely cheap.

Some people do it at home, while others choose to go to the store and get a dog flap for $10 or $20.

 

– Line the floor of the dog house

Cheap.

Straw is a good insulator, along with a rug and a mattress.

 

– Use a hot water bottle or microwavable cushion

Very cheap – a few dollars to buy a hot water bottle or heat cushion.

 

– Use a self warming dog bed

The cost of an average dog bed, less than $100 in most cases.

 

– Buy cold weather dog boots for your dog

Very cheap, only around $20 or $30.

 

– Buy cold weather dog sweater for your dog

Cheap, less than $30.

 

– Buy a dog snood (head scarf/beanie/ear warmer) for your dog

Cheap, only around $10 or $20.

 

Options That Involve Running Electricity

A number of the above options involve running electricity, but the most popular are:

Using a heated dog mat

Use a heated dog bed

Use a ceramic heater or an infrared bulb in a lamp clasp

Use a dog house heater/furnace

 

How Much Electricity Might Generally Cost In The US

In 2017, the national average cost of electricity in the US was 11.88 cents per kWh. (according to electricitylocal.com)

That national average cost also breaks down into different electricity costs for the different States across the United States.

What you can do is look at your last electricity bill to see what you’re getting charged in your particular location (or, ring your electricity supplier and ask for them to send you the rates and charges, or your last bill electronically).

If you are on solar – you might be able to run these options for FREE, or close to free, depending on your setup, and minus the cost of installation and maintenance..

 

How Much Electricity Each Option Uses, & The Potential Cost

There is 1000 Watts in a kiloWatt. Let’s say we are running each option overnight for 10 hours.

With that in mind, each option costs less than $10 a month to run with the following calculations in mind (multiply the daily cost by 30 to get your monthly cost):

(NOTE: obviously you’ve got the upfront cost to purchase these heating devices to consider too, but the running costs are CHEAP).

 

– Use a dog house heater/furnace

A popular dog house heater/furnace is the Akoma Dog House Heater Deluxe.

It runs at roughly 150 Watts.

150 Watts x 10 hours = 1500 Watts. or 1.5 Kilowatts.

It costs us roughly 17.7 cents cents a night to run this heated dog pad.

 

– Heated dog mat/pad

A popular heated dog pad is the K & H Manufacturing Lectro Heating Pad.

It runs at roughly 80 Watts.

80 Watts x 10 hours = 800 Watts. or less than a Kilowatt.

It costs us roughly 9.44 cents a night to run this heated dog pad.

 

– Heated dog bed

A popular heated dog bed is the K & H Manufacturing Foam Orthopedic Lectro Soft Outdoor Heated Dog Bed.

It runs at roughly 60 Watts.

60 Watts x 10 hours = 600 Watts. or less than a Kilowatt.

It costs us roughly 7.08 cents a night to run this heated dog pad.

 

– Ceramic heater or an infrared bulb in a lamp clasp

A popular infrared ceramic heater/bulb is the Zoo Med Ceramic Heat Emitter.

There’s 3 sizes available – 60, 100 and 150 Watts. Let’s say you are using the 100 Watt lamp.

100 Watts x 10 hours = 1000 Watts or a Kilowatt.

It costs us roughly 11.8 cents a night to run this heat lamp. 

Over the course of a month you are paying less than $4 to run one of these lamps.

 

Other Resources On Heating, Warming Or Insulating A Dog House

These guides may be of interest to you:

How To Heat A Dog House Without Electricity

How To Heat A Dog House With A Light Bulb and Heat Lamp

 

If you are looking for a new dog house, these guide may also be useful:

Best Overall Dog Houses

 

 

 

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