Overheating devices have been the talk of town since 2006. The damage caused by overheated laptops spectrum from catching fire, damaging hard drives and causing burns to its user. In this new age, consumers expect technology to be advancing exponentially. Tech companies are pressured to produce high functioning devices to satisfy this constant demand as well as to maintain a competitive position in the market. So what can we do on our part to keep our laptops and more importantly, ourselves safe?
Check Laptop Fans
Internal fans are crucial in expelling heat from inside the laptop and keeping internal components cool. Use a fan diagnosing software to ensure your fans are working properly. This can either be done by bringing your laptop down to its brand maker or downloading software from a trustworthy source online.
Clean Air Vents
Overtime, dust & dirt builds up within intake & exhaust vents. This chokes up vents and impedes airflow. The simplest way to clean out build up is by blasting compressed air into these vents to clear any blockages. You can find compressed air products at most office supply store.
Use on a Hard Surface
Cooling fans are located at the base of the laptop and air in & outflows are directed through the bottom. It is pretty ironic that using a laptop directly on our laps is not recommended as it disrupts the flow of air. However, lazing around without your laptop overheating can still be done with the simple addition of a tray or a stand that provides an even hard surface. Trays & stands can be purchased at home furnishing stores.
Use a Heat Trap
Heat traps are tools meant to provide additional cooling to laptops. They raise a distance between a laptop’s base and the surface it is being used on. This position allows for airflow to go through a clear path as its vents are exposed – cool air can flow in and hot air can be dissipated. They can be purchased at a majority of electronic stores.