Some of the most frustrating HVAC problems strike during the hottest times of the year. Many HVAC technicians work long hours in the summer months, and fixing air conditioning units outdoors as well as within a hot home or office building can cause a strain. If you’re working in this role, protect yourself by following these helpful tips.
Hydration is critical, especially if you’re working in high temperatures. The average person can work safely in temperatures in the mid-70s, although labor-intensive work drops the recommended safety temperature to 55 degrees. Since you can’t always order the weather when you’re working on an air conditioning unit, you can protect yourself by drinking plenty of water. Skip beverages that can actually lead to dehydration, such as alcohol or coffee, and stick to cold water when you’re working.
A hat can help protect your head from sunlight beating down on it. Instead of dressing in dark clothing, choose options that are lightweight and light in color. Moisture-wicking clothing items can help you feel less sweaty.
When you start to feel overheated, take a break in an indoor, air-conditioned atmosphere. If the unit isn’t pumping out any cold air, try sitting in your vehicle for a few minutes to cool down.
If you’re working with other HVAC technicians on a job, make sure everyone knows what to look for in signs of dehydration. These include nausea, dizziness, weakness, cramping, and rapid heartbeat. If someone on your team doesn’t look quite right, make sure to help him or her take a break, drink some water, and cool down.
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