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How to Stay Cool by Keeping your Computer Cooler this Summer

How to Stay Cool but Keep your Computer Cooler this Summer


As the heat rises outside, it’s even more important to keep your computer cool. With breakthroughs in technology, just running today’s computers generates more heat than their predecessors. In the past, only high-performance users, like gamers, needed a quality cooling system because everyday use didn’t usually overheat a computer. Today, however, a computer’s cooling system is among its most critical components.

What Happens When a Computer Overheats?

A computer works similarly to the way our brain transmits messages to other parts of the body. Instead of neurons, the computer uses electrical impulses sent throughout the device. As temperatures rise within the enclosed device, these electrical impulses can slow down. This sluggishness can cause computing errors followed closely by what can be permanent damage to the internal hardware. Unfortunately, by the time most users realize that their computer isn’t functioning properly, the damage is often irreversible. Prevention of heat damage is key.

How to Keep your Computer from Overheating

To find out if your computer is in danger of overheating, you can test its internal temperature. The absolute maximum for most computers is about 100° Celcius or 212° Fahrenheit. Optimal temperature is closer to 50° Celcius or 122° Fahrenheit. If your computer temperature is creeping higher, it’s time to consider how to cool your device. Here are some strategies:

Let it Breathe: Make sure that your computer has adequate air flow. Remove obstacles around it and consider reconfiguring your workspace if your tower is closed into a tight space. If moving the tower isn’t an option, keep the door open as often as possible.

Clean your Computer: Dust is often identified as the most likely culprit when examining the fried remains of an overheated hard drive. Schedule time for monthly maintenance to ensure that your fan and computer vents stay clean. Remove. Dust, pet hair, and debris using an air can or this step-by-step guide for a deep clean.

Upgrade your Cooling System: Most computers come equipped with fans to meet the systems cooling needs. There are a few easy upgrades, like the addition of a case fan, that can be worth the investment to keep your device cool. Install two fans to move warm air out and cool air into the computer for an added chilling effect. Water cooling kits are also relatively easy to install and provide additional cooling. Finally, a phase change unit comes with a hefty price tag (between $1,000-$2,000) but serves as a refrigerator for your computer.

Data Recovery for Heat-Damaged Hard Drives

If the damage is already done on your current hard drive, our engineers can repair damaged components and often retrieve data from overheated computers. The process requires specialized equipment but it usually results in full recovery of data. If you need data recovery services, submit an Online Help Form or call 1-800-388-1266. Our team will be in touch with a free, no-risk quote. Stay cool and keep your computer cooler!

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