Commissioners to review animal shelter A/C recommendation


Orange County commissioners to review animal shelter A/C recommendation

The county recently spent about $15,000 to study options to get air conditioning into the pet section of the building!

From the look-see of Channel 9 news,

The pet section already has duck work into their part of the building

and if not used, why on earth will it cost another $1.5 to $3 million

for a new air condition system just for that part of the building?

It only cost about 1/4 that much to condition a complete building!

Orange%20County%20Animal%20Shelter%20020Duck line top right of photo!

Do you need a quick check just off the internet?

Typical costs:
Adding central air conditioning to an existing forced-air heating system in a 2,000-square-foot house averages $3,500-$4,000, and can be done by two technicians in 2-3 days, with little or no change to the existing ducting; if ducts must be added, the work time doubles, as does the cost to $7,000-$8,000 or more, according to[1] .

Estimates for a older, smaller house of 800-1,000 square feet with no existing duct work run $2,100-$6,000, or as high as $10,000 or more, depending on the type and quality of equipment installed, the amount of space available for installing ducts and vents, and the local economy.

That is far less then the $15,000 Study!

Updated: Jul 12, 2016 – 6:21 AM


Animal advocates have been pushing for the county to add air conditioning inside the Orange County Animal Shelter, and commissioners will review the results of a recent study during a Tuesday meeting.

The temperature inside Orange County Animal Services can get into the 90s due to the lack of air conditioning and some advocates said cooling off the animals is just common sense.

“You think of a shelter as a sort of place to protect or help, and I just assumed there would be air conditioning there,” said Christine Cavagnaro.

Cavagnaro is one of several animal advocates pushing the shelter to install air-conditioning.

There are fans and ventilation, but that does little to help during the hottest days.

“It’s extremely hot. We have extreme temperatures here, so anytime you do walk through the shelter you’re sweating for five minutes,” said Cavagnaro.

9 Investigates learned the county recently spent about $15,000 to study options.

Estimates show the price of air-conditioning ranges from $1.5 million to nearly $3 million, with maintenance and utility costing in the thousands every month.

Another possibility is upgrading the current ventilation system at a cost of $350,000.

But that would only drop the air temperature between five and 10 degrees.

“We have laws now that we can break dogs out of hot cars in Florida. To me, a shelter should automatically have air conditioning because otherwise it’s cruel,” said Cavagnaro.

County commissioners will look at the options Tuesday.

Seminole County does not have air conditioning inside its animal shelter either.

However, Lake County officials told Channel 9 they have air conditioning inside its animal services building.

Orange County released this statement:

“Orange County Animal Services recently requested an air conditioning study to assess the total financial impact, challenges and benefits relevant to the installation of an HVAC system within its shelter.  The original building, constructed in 1987, featured national design-standard open air circulation with interior kennel runs and access to fresh air year-round for dogs. While the building is equipped with a ventilation system that moves air and helps curtail the spread of disease, it does not produce cool air. In the event that an animal is sick or infirmed, the animal can be cared for in an area of the shelter which does have access to conditioned air, providing relief from rising summer temperatures.

The results of the study include several recommendations and alternatives, as well as estimated installation and ongoing costs. This study will be presented before the Orange County Board of County Commissioners Tuesday, July 12, for review.”


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