Computers generate heat and it is important that excessive heat is removed from a computer effectively. Excessive heat can quickly cause damage to a computers components, which can in some cases mean a costly fix. Below we have some steps you can take to keep your computer running cool.
Signs that your computer may be overheating.
There are a few signs that can help you spot a heating issue:
Keep your Desktop or Laptop Computer dust free
Over time dust builds up in any PC or Laptop. The dust can clog up fans and vents trapping hot air. A regular cleaning of these fans and vents can help keep your computer cool and functioning correctly. Also avoid placing your computer directly on a carpeted surface as these surfaces do tend to hold dust easily.
Add or upgrade your cooling fans
Cooling fans are used to remove heat from computers. Sometimes the stock cooling systems are simply not enough in some environments and an upgrade or additional fan or two can make a big difference. Cooling pads can be purchased for laptop computers that will improve airflow through the underside of the laptop.
Other ways to improve airflow
Always think about placement of a desktop or laptop computer. It is important to allow for sufficient airflow in all situations. Placing your desktop tower in a cupboard is not ideal. Never use a laptop computer on your bed or on a pillow, always allow for airflow underneath and from the sides.