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Demands Of An HVAC Career

Coping with the physical demands of an HVAC career
Becoming a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician is a physically demanding career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HVAC technicians have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses related to their job.
Some common injuries you’ll face include burns, cuts, scrapes, and eye injuries caused by foreign objects. Although the instructors make sure our students get hands-on HVAC training, many are surprised at how long it takes to adjust to working a 40-hour week. While your body will adjust to the physical demands, sore and strained muscles aren’t unusual.
What you need to do
• Use exercise to prepare. It’s difficult to get enough exercise while you’re finishing HVAC school. If you’re not getting any exercise, you may want to start before starting a new job. It should help your body adjust to the rigors you’ll face. If you work out hard, consider lightening up on your workouts to give your muscles an opportunity to recover. Stretching can help alleviate sore muscles.
• Take scheduled breaks, even if your workload is huge, to give muscles time to rest and recover.
• Regular visits to a massage therapist can help relieve pain, improve flexibility, and cope with fatigue and stress.
• Ice areas when they give you trouble to help reduce inflammation, which causes joints and muscle to become stiff and sore. You run the risk of developing tendonitis if you let nagging soreness go on too long.
• Make sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night, but you may need more.
• Buy a good pair of work boots. Good footwear goes a long way towards reducing chronic pain in the feet, calves, knees and back.
• Stay hydrated. Drinking fluids serves a range of purposes in our bodies, such as removing waste; controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Dehydration can make sore muscles even more painful. To make sure you’re getting enough, a good starting point is to drink half your body weight in ounces. (Example: If you weigh 180 pounds, you’ll need at least 90 ounces.) In the summer, make sure to drink even more.
• Practice good technique when lifting. Lift with your legs, not your back, and never twist when you’re lifting something heavy.
Now is a great time to train for an HVAC career.
Growth in the construction industry and improvements in technology are driving the demand for technicians. BLS estimates the number of HVAC jobs will increase 21% by 2022. If you would like to learn more about the program at Redstone, call 1-877-801-1025.

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