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Aridus Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Climate-Controlled Pet House


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Aridus, a New York-based hardware startup, has begun its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a climate-controlled pet house, the Aridus Den.

“A den protects, both from predators and from the harsh climate,” said founder and designer Adrian Song.

He came up with the idea after watching his cat and dog via a home security camera while he was at work.

“They just sit and wait,” he said. “They don’t play with their toys, or chase each other like they do while I’m there. The only thing they do is move from spot to spot, looking for a warmer or cooler place. I feel discomfort when the temperature is not right for one minute. Nine long hours a day, they wait, not being able to control an air conditioner or a heater.”

Aridus Den features fully autonomous control with sensors that detect ambient temperature and the temperature of the bed. It knows the occupancy of the animal and learns the pattern to save energy. Plugging in the power is all the owner must do, and Aridus Den even reads the weight of the animal to adjust the heating and cooling strength. Peak power is around 40 watts, and idling consumes almost none, so using the bed the entire day consumes less than using a 60-watt incandescent bulb for three hours a day, the manufacturer reported.

Song said he knows that a lot of people leave air conditioning on for their pets when they leave the house, but he noted that the Aridus Den provides a more energy-efficient solution.

Aridus Den uses conductive heating and cooling with a thermoelectric module, so it doesn’t use air as the medium. It takes more than 8,000 times the energy to heat air compared to the same amount of aluminum, so heating and cooling a thin panel of aluminum is much more effective, according to the company.

The house can be accessorized with a pair of magnetized cat ears or rabbit ears, and the seating pad’s cover is removable for washing.

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