Keeping computers Cool in the hot weather, 9 Tips for your Business
In the UK a spot of hot weather always gets us lots of extra support calls about computers crashing and running slowly.
Give us a call on 020 8099 5540 to book a valet for all your office PC’s; it’s much cheaper than buying new ones.
With each machine and person generating 100’s of watts of heat, it can soon become impossible to work both for you and your new found mini heaters. The hotter it gets the more heat they produce and the slower they work as modem machines slow down the CPU to keep cool.
We hope these tips are useful!
Turn off spare unused gear.
If it’s not in use turn it off! Including monitors, plasma TV’s, unused fridges, Spotlights (fitted LEDs) and anything else with a heat generating power supply.
We can allow computers to be turned on remotely if needed.
Make sure everything that can be is off overnight.
Install timer switches on water heaters and coolers, and anything else that gets warm.
Clear junk from around base unit.
Removing plastic bags, handbags, box files, paperwork and yellow pages away from PC base units (sides, back and front) makes a huge difference to its ability to keep cool.
Keep laptops away from paperwork and on a clean firm surface.
The fans will only work if they are not obstructed.
Close down apps so your computer works less hard.
Remove unnecessary software.
We can do this for you as part of a valeting service but the basic process involves:
Run super-anti-spyware, cleaner and check for multiple antivirus software.
Remove unnecessary start-up software and your PC will work less hard doing nothing useful, and hence run cooler.
Close blinds and windows to keep your machine out of direct sunlight.
Use fans to circulate more air.
Get your heating turned off!
It sounds ludicrous. But a number of offices I visit out of hours have heating on all year round. Often full blast overnight and at weekends too. Track down the controls and get it turned off! Also check for fan heaters running under desks and get rid of them before they burn down your offices!
If you have air conditioning, keep an eye out for leaks and get pumps replaced or cleaned regularly before they leak over your electrics.
Get your machines Valeted!
We clean out fans, advise and install memory upgrades and re-seat the CPU fan replacing the cooling paste.
This can make a big difference and in dusty environments needs doing yearly. If you have pets and laptops, the fans inside easily get clogged and the PC is slow and overheats.
Upgrade to a solid state hard disk
Upgrading to a SSD will make your computers run up to 10 times faster, cooler and with no moving parts will be less likely to be physically damaged.
Give us a call on 020 8099 5540 to book a valet for all your office PCs. It’s much cheaper than buying new ones!
If all else fails, take your laptop to an air conditioned cafe and work.
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