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10 Tips to Take Care of Your Computer During Summer

10 Tips to Take Care of Your Computer During Summer

It is vital to be more careful with your computer, especially laptops, during summer because they can overheat and get damaged. Here are 10 essential care tips to stop your computer overheating or having other issues.  

Avoid Direct Sunlight

If you decide to use your laptop on a beautiful sunny day outside, you should keep your computer out of direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can damage the computer components and hinder the device from working effectively. As well as fading the case it can cause the laptop to heat up significantly more than working inside.

Place It on a Flat Surface

Be cautious of where you place your laptop. If you put the device on the bed, couch, or laps, the nature of the uneven surface will tend to block the vents. This stops the air flowing well from hot CPU to exit the vents so new cooler air can come past, causing the device to overheat.

Use a Laptop Case

A laptop case can be really great for storing and protecting your computer during summer. Look for cases that have moisture and heat-rated ratings to keep the device cool throughout. Some materials are better at keeping your computer cool than others. Don’t cheap out here.

Do Not Keep the Device in Your Car

Keeping your computer in the car when the inside is hot can cause the laptop to get too hot and be damaged in the long run. It’s easy when you are going somewhere to leave the laptop it it’s case in the car. Probably on the front seat. But the laptop is likely to be in direct sun and in that bag it’s going to heat up big time. If you accidentally put it in the bag with the computer still running it can cause major issues!

Keep the Fan Clean

Dust and dirt often accumulate on the vents of your computer. If you don’t do anything about this, it eventually blocks the fan from functioning well. This can cause the fan to overheat. So, clean the fan often for effective functioning. How? Use a can of compressed air and blow the dust out of the laptop’s vents thoroughly. If you don’t have a can of compressed air then you can buy one at your local hardware store. Avoid using a vacuum as it can come with static discharges which may damage your computer.

Clear Background Apps

If you leave programs or apps running, your computer will be more likely overheat. CPUs basically use more power the more work they are doing. If you are using more apps, it will use more power, and this power will generate heat in the computer. If you aren’t using an app, close it, and not only will it reduce the heat somewhat it will also help the computer to go a little faster. So, keep checking and clearing all background apps to prevent the device from overheating.

Shut it Down Well

Some people often rush to switch off a computer and store it without checking whether it is shut down well. Always give your device time to cool down before you shove it in your laptop bag. These bags can do a pretty good job of keep the heat in too!  Give it a few minutes to avoid heat-trapping in the device.

Unplug the Charger

Take care when charging up your computer, and always unplug it when full charge. Leaving it on the charge can affect the battery life and cause other issues. This can include the device overheating.

Use a Cooling Pad

Sometimes, you may have a lot of work and keep you using the computer for long hours. Or perhaps your laptop has troubles with overheating – a cooling pad can help…a little. Long use can cause the laptop to overheat, so it is possible to add an extra layer of cooling with a cooling pad to prevent your device from overheating.

Use Heat Processor Apps

Sometimes, it can be challenging to determine the exact temperatures that can be risky for your laptop. In this case, you can use heat processor apps to run background checks and warn you when the heat rises. If you need help on this please call as it’s fairly specialised advice.

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