How Can I Keep Guinea Pigs Cool In Summer While I'm Gone?

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shujuju

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So, I live in Alberta, Canada and the weather can be pretty harsh in both summer and winter. In winter it can get down to -30 C (-22 F) and in summer it can get up to 30 C (86 F), though the temperature is usually around -12 C (10 F) in winter and about 20 C (68 F) in summer on average. I am not sure what temperature it is best to keep guinea pigs in, I have heard anything from 60 F being good to 80 F being good as well.
(here is a lil chart for temperature: The Climate and Weather of Calgary, Alberta )

What is the best tempurature for them? (by the way they would be indoors, not outdoors, but my room has very poor insulation so it still gets rather cold and hot, it never gets below freezing point, but it can definitely get up to 20 F in summer)

Another thing for the temperature, whats the best way to keep them cool while I'm not there? though my room has poor insulation, I can keep it heated in winter with a large space heater and keep the temperature higher for them (I'm not sure how high, Ill test it once winter rolls around), but in summer I'm not sure how to keep them cool.
I've heard things such as putting ice in their water bottles, giving them watery veggies, freezing an ice pack or water bottle and wrapping it in a towel for them and putting a tile or plate in their cage for them to lay on. but I'm not sure how well these would work if I was gone for most of the day. I do have a small fan I can turn on, and I could maybe get a second fan, but I heard drafts can make them sick. How can I keep them cool while I'm gone?

I do live at 2 houses, so they would be travelling in about a 10-15 minute car ride every second weekend to stay at my moms house for 2-3 days. They would be staying in the basement, but luckily my moms house is a newer house and is much better with temperature so they will be comfortable.


I just want to make sure that my living conditions are suitable to get a pair of piggies, and I want to know if they are good or not so I can fix them before I get new additions to the family
 
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