News hardware Heat wave: 5 tips to avoid overheating your PC
The summer was hot and it will continue to be… The month of August is not over and the heat is likely to start again. You are not the only ones who fear the heat, your PC too. Whether it’s a tower or a laptop, your electronic products are not designed to withstand such conditions.
- What are the risks to your PC?
- 5 tips to save to your PC
- Avoid opening a lot of software or greedy software
- Clean up your PC
- Place your PC in a good place
- Use your PC a little less
- One last tip for laptops
What are the risks to your PC?
Whether it’s your computer, tablet or smartphone, all high-tech devices produce heat. And for good reason, the equipment they carry, especially the processors, tend to heat up quickly.
The devices are designed to withstand fairly precise temperatures, but with global warming, I won’t tell you that temperatures are likely to get even higher in the future.
Electronic components can undergo thermal expansion, which will degrade your equipment. To tell you, even Nintendo has communicated a ticket regarding the use of their Nintendo Switch console during these periods of high heat.
The Nippon giant tweeted the following message on their official site:
Playing the Nintendo Switch in a warm place can increase the temperature of the console. Please use the machine where the temperature is between 5-35℃. Also, if the air inlet and outlet are blocked, it can cause the console to heat up.
気温 が 高全場所 で nintendo switch を 使用すると 、 公夜 の が がなるなでます が が まます 。5 ～ 35 ℃ の で 使用 しててさてくさいPlease, please, please
また 、 吸気口 や さわり の 風通し を して さんと 、 の の が がなりなる が もあます。 …。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。。 http pic.twitter.com/0c86fcgxnV
— 任天堂シャーム (@nintendo_cs) 11 July 2022
You may even notice that your smartphone heats up a little more when you turn it on in the sun, this is completely normal, but do not abuse its resistance.
5 tips to save to your PC
Avoid opening a lot of software or greedy software
This may seem obvious, but it’s always good to remember. When you open software or games on your PC, vYour processor will start to heat up with the bewildering number of calculations it is performing.
The same applies to your graphics card, which can rise to very high temperatures, especially when you start a very greedy game, like Red Dead Redemption II or Marvel Spiderman.
To know the status of your machine, do not hesitate to consult your Windows task manager to see which programs are consuming the most energy.
Clean up your PC
And yes, even if you have the airiest case in the world and a fan combo spinning at top speed, you need to think about cleaning it too!
Dust build-up will clog your PC’s fans and prevent them from rotating properly. The fans used to ventilate your PC components, if your case is full of dust and with high heat, your PC may suffer.
The best way to perform such a maneuver is to open your trunk and use an aerosol dust remover and a small brush with soft bristles.
Place your PC in a good place
If you have placed your case in a piece of furniture, be careful. Failure to let the PC “breathe” can lead to overheating. And if the rear fan blows directly against a wall on top of that, it’s even worse.
If you are in a small room, such as a bedroom, avoid putting your PC in a corner of the room. The airier your room is, the better.
Use your PC a little less
It’s stupid to say that, especially if you use your PC for your work. But your electronic equipment will not be an exception to this case.
After a long time of use, between 5 and 6 hours, your PC starts to blow a little more on hot days.
If you usually leave your computer on all day, or even on standby, try to turn it off as much as possible during the day. An accident happened so quickly.
One last tip for laptops
We’re thinking of you, laptop users, too! Although the majority of the previous tips are applicable to your case, there is one that will only worry you.
If you tend to leave your charger plugged into your PC all day, this is a very bad idea. Your battery will accumulate the heating of the load, the ambient heat and your use.
It’s even worse for PC gamers, as the battery melts like snow in the sun as soon as a greedy game launches, prompting you to leave your charger plugged in.
Little bonus, we advise you to get a vented laptop stand so you only have to plug the stand into a USB port so the fans spin right under your machine.