10 Tips for Summer Computer Care

Warm summer days are great for getting outside and enjoying outdoor activities, but warmer temperatures can also wreak havoc on costly computer equipment. Now is a great time to review some tips on how to keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently, all summer long.

10 Tips for Summer Computer Care

10 Safety Tips

1. Computer equipment needs room to “breathe” — Avoid surrounding your PC with papers, books, office supplies, etc., and keep it away from tight spaces (e.g., desk cubbyholes).

2. Dust computer equipment regularly — Beyond the fact that dust can clog vents, dust also traps heat which makes computer equipment work that much harder.

3. Keep PCs, tablets, etc. away from direct light — Many people use their laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. intermittently throughout the day and set them down onto various surfaces throughout the home. Make sure those surfaces will not receive any direct sunlight during usage downtime.

4. Make sure screensaver and power-saving modes are set properly — Adjust screensaver and sleep mode settings to kick in fairly soon after inactivity. The less your computer is in active working mode, the less likely it will overheat.

5. Add or upgrade PC fans — Most PCs already have at least one built-in fan, but there could be room for another, for power users who extensively use their equipment. An 80mm fan is very affordable and will keep a PC cool and comfortable during heavy usage.

6. Adjust light settings — Bright light settings use more power, which generates more heat. Tone down light settings and add a lamp or two if you need more light to view the PC screen.

7. Keep air flowing — Computers are already built in such a way as to keep air flowing throughout the unit. By removing a side panel, it disrupts the airflow running from the front to the back vent. It’s best not to attempt these types of DIY moves, which has the potential to backfire.

8. Consider adding air conditioning — Some environments are difficult to keep cool in the summer. They may be poorly insulated and/or have a lot of windows that bring sunlight and warmth into interior spaces. Consider adding an air conditioning unit to keep the space cool. 

9. Ventilate computer spaces — If you can’t afford to add A/C, at least use a box or window fan to keep air circulating within the room. Just as with people, moving air helps keep equipment cool.

10. Turn off PCs, tablets, etc. when not in use — During nighttime hours and when away from the home, there’s really no need for computer equipment to be up and running.

If you’d like more tips on how to help your computer equipment avoid the summer heat, contact us!

10 Tips for Keeping Your PC Cool

Summer is the ideal time to review whether all your PCs are receiving the airflow and proper cooling they require. Doing so will greatly reduce one’s chances of experiencing failure in any number of the heat-sensitive components that comprise a PC.

10 Tips for Keeping Your PC Cool

1. Hibernate When Not in Use

Adjust the setting so a PC will go directly into hibernate mode when it’s not in use. It will give it an opportunity to cool down and will save electricity as well.

2.  Keep Internal Cables Short

Long internal cabling takes up more space and reduces internal air flow. This increases the chance of other internal components getting too hot and failing.

3. Dust Regularly

Dust can clog the air intake grill on a PC, thus increasing the likelihood of overheating internal components. Dust regularly and perform an occasional “look-see” to determine if a PC’s air intake grill is receiving the air it needs.

4. Spot Check Fans

While checking for dust, also make sure a PC’s fan(s) are working as well. A burned-out power supply fan can quickly lead to overheating and equipment failure.

5.  Consider Using Additional Fans

Some PCs have more than one hard drive which means they tend to run hot. If this is the case, consider whether there is space for installing an additional fan.

6.  Check BIOS Temp Settings

Newer PCs often have BIOS temperature settings which can be configured to shut the PC down if a certain temperature has been reached.

7. Provide Plenty of Space for Operation

Some cabinets and desks are not necessarily designed with heat-sensitive equipment in mind. In addition, many users tend to clutter up their desks with papers, office supplies, etc. Be sure that your PC consistently has plenty of air flow below, around, and above it.

8. Use Cable Guards

Some PC cases have their own cable channels to ensure they remain in a discrete place. If your model doesn’t, purchase some cable guards to ensure that the cabling won’t block air flow to the computer case.

9. Go Solid State

Consider replacing traditional hard drives with solid-state drives. Solid-state drives do not contain moving parts. This allows them to operate without generating as much heat as traditional drives.

10. Alternative Cooling Products

For challenging situations consider using any of the following

  • Liquid cooling.
  • Memory heatsinks.
  •  Hard drive coolers.
  • A cooling unit in an empty drive bay.

Want to know more about keeping your computer equipment in top-notch shape? Contact us at PC Geeks today!