-Be aware of the environment when you outfit your Mechs. Avoid weapons that generate too much heat when you will be battling in the desert, or else you will have to shut down after every other shot to cool down.
-Keep your heat efficiency in the green zone, but just barely. If you know how to manage alpha strike fire versus single fire, you can lose more heat than you make and thus ensure a nearly constant fire rate. Too many heat sinks will waste space.