The warm weather is upon us, and we aren’t the only ones who need to beat the heat this summer. Laptops and PCS are also capable of overheating, especially during the summertime. It is important to prevent this from happening so you can protect your computers from becoming ruined. There’s nothing like being in the middle of a busy work week and having your device die on you. Here are five ways that you can summer proof your computer!
1. Be aware of your environment
Try your best to use your computer inside where it’s air-conditioned and avoid direct sunlight. It’s completely understandable that you want to soak up the sunlight on a nice sunny day, but your laptop does not! If you decide to work outside, make sure you try to at least stay in the shade while working on your laptop. Most laptops are good to use in temperatures between 50 to 90 Fahrenheit. Laptop batteries are usually not the most heat-friendly, so keep that in mind when selecting a location to work.
2. Monitor the fans
Most computers have built-in fans to protect against potential overheating. I am sure you have heard how loud your computer can get when you have been working on it for a long time. This simple feature is a good indicator for when your laptop could use a break. It is important to monitor your computer fans to make sure that they run smoothly. Whether or not you consult a professional or do it by yourself try to clean your computer fans once or twice a year.
3. Give it room to breathe
Yes, computers can get claustrophobic too! Provide your computer with plenty of space to circulate air. Sitting with your laptop in your lap for long periods of time can heat it up much quicker because of the lack of airflow. Laptops and computers have the best circulation when on a flat surface such as your desk or a table. When using your computer at your desk make sure it has plenty of space and isn’t pressed against anything. If the desk is enclosed the computer will recycle the same hot air, which can lead to overheating.
4. Shut it down
Make sure to turn off your computer and shut it down when you’re not using it. Keeping open tabs, while your computer is sitting open can just wear at your battery and make it more susceptible to overheating. Give it time to cool off so that it limits the risk when you come back to work on it again.
5. Back it up
There are only so many precautions you can take to ensure the safety of your devices. The moral of the story is technology can fail us and it’s beyond our control. When all else fails be sure to back up your computer regularly in case something goes wrong. Heat can damage your computer’s hard drive, so investing in an external hard drive not only provides you with more storage space but also with data backup.
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