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Spring is here and Summer is fast approaching. Do your Spring cleaning the right way remember to dust and bust your PC before the summer heat causes damage.

Things to Ensure a Cool Running Computer System

The easiest thing you can do to help keep your PC cool is to give it a little breathing room by removing any obstacles to air flow. Make sure there’s nothing sitting right against any side of the computer, especially the back. Most of the hot air flows out of the back end of the computer case. There should be at least 5 cm open on either side and the back should be completely open and unobstructed. If your computer is hidden away inside a desk, make sure the door isn’t closed all the time. Cool air enters from the front and sometimes from the sides of the case. If the door is closed all day, hot air tends to recycle inside the desk, getting hotter and hotter the longer the computer is running.

The fans inside your computer are there to keep it cool. Phone a professional to test and possibly replace them.

Do you know what slows a fan down and then eventually makes it stop? Dirt – in the form of dust, pet hair, etc. It all finds a way into your computer and much of it gets stuck in the several fans. Just as with household filters in your furnace, air conditioner and even your car, dust and debris can collect around the air vents and prevent proper air flow. A dusty PC will get hotter internally – and generate more heat externally – than a PC that’s relatively dust free. Use common sense when removing dust from the computer phone the professionals for a dust and bust.

Watch application use the fewer items your CPU uses at once, the less likely it will overheat. Also, regularly run anti-spyware and anti-virus software to keep the laptop free of performance-compromising programs. And, be cautious of some of the cooling products on the market. Some of these actually use more power than they cool down or block your laptop’s internal cooling fan, making matters worse.

Set your screensaver and power setting properly. As long as your system is calculating your screensaver display, it is running near full power (and thus full heat). Allowing the screen to go blank after 15 or 20 minutes saves electricity and gives your system a break. And while you’re at it, check your other Power settings in your OS or in the BIOS. Letting your system go into Sleep or Suspend mode can add significantly to its life.