Staying Cool While Working in the Heat: Tips for HVAC Techniciansby HVAC Distributors July 14, 2023
As an HVAC contractor, you know that the summer months can be a busy time. With the heat index soaring, homeowners are calling on you to help them stay cool and comfortable in their homes. While working in the heat may be part of the job, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. There are a number of things you can do to stay cool and comfortable while you’re working.
Here are a few tips:
- Dress for the weather. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that will help you to stay cool. A hat and sunglasses can also help to protect you from the sun.
- Work early in the morning or late in the evening. Temperatures are cooler outside during morning/evening hours.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Avoid sugary drinks, as they can dehydrate you further.
- Take breaks. If you’re working in hot, humid weather, take breaks every 20-30 minutes to cool down. Go inside or find some shade.
- Use fans. If you’re working in an attic or other hot space, make sure there is adequate ventilation or use fans to help circulate the air.
- Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you start to feel dizzy, nauseated, or have a headache, take a break and cool down. If you experience any of the more serious symptoms of heat stroke, such as confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness, seek medical attention immediately.
By following these tips, you can help to prevent heat-related illnesses and stay safe while working in the heat.
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