Computers and Summer Temperatures

As Summer approaches and temperatures rise, one thing to keep in mind is the temperature of your computer equipment. Computers generate heat when running and have built in fans to keep them cool. When the temperatures rise the computer has to try and keep up with the rising temperature. Also computers that are left on all the time will also tend to accumulate more dust on their processors, making cooling a lot more difficult. If your computer is kept in a cool or air conditioned place, then you are probably fine and the computer will not have to work as hard to keep cool. However, Summer also brings more of a demand for electricity as people turn on their air conditioners to keep cool. So what should you do in all of this, well below I have listed some basic good ideas to keep your computers cooler and running well.

  • Dust them out, computers with a lot of dust inside will build up heat and have a hard time cooling off, which could lead to a heat event and computer problems.
  • Turn off when not in use, this will help cut down on your electrical bill and save your computer from overheating or working too hard to keep itself cool. I know some computers are left on over night for updates and virus scans, maybe think about changing that from every day to once a week and leaving it on over night just for that one night a week.
  • Move them to a cooler location, say you do not have air conditioning, maybe move the computer downstairs where it stays cooler over the summer, which will keep the computer operating temperature at a safer level.

Hopefully these tips will help keep your computer running at a safer temperature and extend its life well past the heat of Summer.