Office Productivity Tech Tips

Simple tips to keep your computer from overheating

Heat can damage your computer and create problems while operating, keep your computer from overheating to keep it running smoothly. Whether it’s your business or home computer, it is important to keep your computer cool at all times.  Your computer contains a lot of parts and most create heat when your computer is on.  The Central Processing Unit (CPU) and the Graphics Card are two of the main parts of computers that create a lot of heat.  Much of the heat created on computers is moved out of the computer’s case by several fans if properly configured.  If the computer is not removing the hot air fast enough, the computer can get overheated and this can cause all sorts of complications.  From slowing down your computer to shutting down for no reason, it can seriously damage your computer in the long-run.  Keeping your computer cool should be a top priority.  Here are a few tips that will help you keep your computer from overheating.

Allow for Air Flow

Allow for air flow is one of the easiest things you can do and one of the most important.  Give your computer a little breathing room by removing any obstacles to air flow.  Most of the hot air flows out of the back end of the computer case.  For computers hidden away inside a desk, make sure the door isn’t closed all the time.

Shut Down Programs

Avoid multi-tasking your computer.  Believe it or not, operating too many programs at once can cause your computer to overheat!

Upgrade the CPU Fan

The CPU is probably the most sensitive and expensive part of the computer.  Many companies sell large CPU fans that help keep the computer temperature lower.  Sometimes replacing the CPU is the best option.  IT Service providers should be able to help you and decide what is the best option.


Clean your Computer

The fans inside your computer are there to keep it cool.  They will work properly as long as they are maintained properly.  Dirt, dust, pet hair can all find a way into computers and most gets stuck in the fans.  This causes the fans to slow down and eventually the fans stop working causing your computer to overheat.  To avoid that, you can use canned air to remove dirt from the fans.  If you are not comfortable with doing it, you can call your IT Service provider and they will be able to help you.