It’s June and the temperature is (finally) rising. That’s awesome news for your summer activities. It’s not so awesome for your computer.
Beat the heat and keep your computer cool with these simple tips.
1) Keep your computer dust free. Dust can clog the fans that keep your computer cool. In order to keep the air flowing, blow the dust out of the vent on your computer every so often. This is easy and inexpensive. It only takes a couple of minutes, and can be done with one of those little cans of air that you can get at the supermarket.
2) Put your laptop on a cooling pad. Cooling pads for laptops help with airflow and ensure that the vents of the unit aren’t being obstructed, by lifting the laptop off of whatever surface that you have it set upon. Cooling pads have been known to significantly decrease the temperatures of even the hottest running laptops, and with most models coming in at around the $20 mark, are rather affordable as well.
3) Upgrade your computer’s CPU cooler. Most desktop computers come with a small stock heatsink with a tiny fan. Upgrading to a larger heatsink and fan set can have a dramatic impact on temperatures. CPU cooler kits generally have a higher price-tag than a cooling pad or can of air, but at $50 to $150, they’re much cheaper than replacing your entire computer because of catastrophic overheating. As an added bonus, most CPU cooling kits can be installed fairly easily by almost anyone!