Keep your Computer Happy this Summer!
Fighting Heat and Dust
Two of your computer's worst enemies are heat and dust. Desktop computers that sit on the floor gathering dust and pet hair are much more likely to overheat (whatever the temperature outside) thus shortening their overall lifespan and risking heat-related hard-drive failure. Laptops that are inaedquately ventilated or that sit in a sunny window can overheat.
So, if you're feeling adventurous...
1 Get a can of compressed air.
2 Liberate your desktop computer from all its wires and cables.
3 Open up the case and take the whole thing outside for a good dust-off.
4 Remember to shake the compressed air can well and then keep it upright while using. Have a helper tilt the computer box itself while you blow out all the nooks and crannies otherwise you might drip super-cold liquid air onto those delicate parts. Be sure to give the cooling fan a good spritz as well!
5 When you replace your digital friend in its little home. make sure that the side that has a ventilation grill on it has at least a few inches of space away from a desk side, wall or other barrier so that your computer's fan can do its job of cooling.
"Yes, but I have a laptop" you say.
Well, you can still make sure your laptop stays cool.
1 Keep laptops out of direct sunlight and hot cars as much as possible.
2 Shut your laptop down before taking it with you on any extended travel time as the laptop carry-case itself acts as a heat insulator for "sleeping" computers.
3 Take your laptop with you as part of your carry-on baggage whenever possible to keep it safe from excess heat and cold and the ministrations of over-zealous baggage handlers!
4 Check for proper ventilation. The side, or sometimes the back of a laptop has a ventilation grill that should be kept free at all times from obstructions like tablecloths, bedding or desk-top barriers like walls or printers.
Get your PC Tuned Up
Needless to say, if you haven't had any computer care in the last 4-6 months or more you should get a thorough check up and cleaning to avoid software related overheating problems. "What?!", you say. Yep, you got it. Software conflicts and unhandled viruses can contribute to your computer hard drive working overtime and getting too hot; again reducing its effective lifespan.