The Ultimate HVAC Podcast List for TechniciansBy My Service Depot on Thursday, October 10, 2019
Need to fill some drive time? Add these HVAC podcasts to your repertoire.
Few things in life are certain. Death and taxes top the list, but there are few other probabilities you could safely bet the farm on—especially in HVAC. You will get dirty, you will lose a tool at least once (probably your favorite), and you will spend hours every day driving between jobs.
Driving can feel tedious and unproductive at times, but the industry requires mobility, plain and simple. Some techs use windshield time to talk on the phone, catch up with their parents, other techs, or their kids. But, if you don’t enjoy talking on the phone, all the driving is just a pain in the… asphalt.
You could try audiobooks, or you could go another route: podcasts. If you have never listened, think of these short, recorded audio sessions as old-school talk radio spots without so many ads and with way more control on your part. Here are some options to help you get started.
When you work in HVAC, it never hurts to hear a little bit about everything happening in the industry. From beginners to experienced pros, you’ll find something for everyone.
HVAC School: For Techs, By Techs: This podcast centers on training. Recommend it to a newbie in your shop or listen to it as your own personal refresher course. The length of these podcasts range from 15 minutes to over an hour, depending on the subject covered.
HVAC On Air Podcast: HVAC ON-Air covers a more diverse range of topics. Most of the guests are Emerson experts, but they occasionally feature others from within the industry. Expect lots of conversations on higher-level HVAC issues, such as trends, recruiting, etc.
HVAC Know It All: This podcast is hosted by Gary McCreadie, an actual HVAC tech. He talks about some of the jobs he has done and the tools he used to do them right. Sometimes he interviews people in the industry.
Whether you own an HVAC company or work as an independent contractor, understanding how business works is one of the keys to success. In this section, you will find podcasts that don’t center on heating and air conditioning, but instead focus on running and scaling a business. Expect tips on recruiting, marketing, and growth.
The GaryVee Audio Experience: This podcast from Gary Vaynerchuk features conversations with successful business people, motivational content, and keynote speeches.
HBR Ideacast: Harvard Business Review created this podcast to profile some of the most prominent thinkers in business.
Introvert Entrepreneur: This podcast is for people who aren’t into self-promotion or talking to everybody. It focuses on alternate ways to find success as a business owner.
School of Greatness: Check out this pod for tips on how to improve your approach. Topics include achieving goals, remaining authentic, and performing better when it counts.
Startup Nation: This podcast is designed for entrepreneurs. It explains best practices and offers real-life examples.
While comedy may not relate directly to HVAC, after a day spent in crawlspaces, dirt, and grubbiness, sometimes you just need to unwind during a long drive. When you need a good laugh, try one of these podcasts:
Armchair Expert: Comedy podcast from Dax Shepard.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend: Conan hanging out with celebrity guests.
WTF with Marc Maron: Interviews with interesting people.
At some point in your drive, you may want to learn a little about things happening outside of the service industry. These podcasts relate news and explain its importance.
Cheddar’s Need2Know: Daily podcast that keeps everything “short and sweet.”
The Takeaway: This podcast gives extra details about the day’s top headlines.
Up First: NPR makes this podcast. It is short (just 10 minutes), but it covers everything from entertainment news to politics.
You can spend your time in the car learning more about HVAC, but sometimes you just want to learn something new, especially on those longer drives. Here are some fun podcasts to get you started.
Freakonomics: Explores the “the hidden side of everything.”
Mobituaries: Obits for history buffs.
My Favorite Murder: For fans of true crime.
Radiolab: Called “a patchwork of people, sounds, stories, society, and experiences.”
Stuff You Should Know: More answers to odd questions, like how do Twinkies work and whether zombies could actually exist.
This American Life: Described as “vignettes of life in America.”
The Wild: For outdoors lovers. It explores places and animals.
How to Listen to Podcasts
There are thousands of podcasts airing around the world and many different apps that streamline your discovery of these programs. Apple, Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, Pocketcast… the list goes on. You probably already have a podcast-ready app on your phone. If not, just download one and hit the road!