Laptops contain a lot of parts, almost which generate heat when your computer is on. Some of the pieces such as the CPU and graphics card can get so hot you could cook in them. Keeping your laptop cool is crucial for its optimal performance as well as longevity. So how do I cool my laptop without adding more strain to my often overtaxed energy grid?
Practical Ways to Keep Your Computer Cool
1) Find a hard, flat surface
One of the obvious benefits of owning a laptop is the ability to use it pretty much anywhere and everywhere, including on your bed, or laps. However, if you often rest your laptop on your foundation, you’d be wise never to sleep it on the couch itself or nestled in between you and your pillow.
Like most of the electronic machines, laptops require sufficient airflow over and around the internal components to prevent the build-up of damaging heat.
Placing your laptop on a soft surface like a blanket or pillow blocks the air intake vent-the very components that allow the internal fan to draw air into the case.
There’s nothing wrong with using a laptop on your bed. However, you need to rest it on a hard, flat surface such a book that’ll help maintain proper airflow.
2) Clean your laptop
One of the common causes of an excessively hot laptop is dust. Dirt, in the form of dust particles, pet hair, etc. finds its way into your computer. When dust builds up around the cooling fans, it slows and eventually stops the whole cooling process.
Therefore, one of the active ways of cooling your laptop is cleaning the internal fans periodically. You can use compressed/canned air to spray into the vents in quick, short burst. However, remember that opening your laptop’s panel might avoid your warranty, so if your warranty is still active, it`s better to get the manufacturer look at your computer.
3) Avoid overclocking
While overclocking maximizes the performance and capability of your laptop’s components, it also pushes your system’s skills to the limit, which often results to an increase in temperatures that your CPU and any other overclocked components operate at.
To avoid overclocking, invest in a software module such as Ballistix M.O.D utility that monitors your operating temperatures in real-time. Regardless of your overclocking habit, ensure that you take extra precautionary measures to improve your system cooling abilities.
4) Close your system’s case
Closing your system case might seem like a counterintuitive measure, but it’s worthwhile since an open example does not help in regulating internal temperatures anyway. In fact, it does the opposite and restricts cooling.
A closed case can help in keeping your system fresh by reducing the impact of dust, dirt, and debris that can make their way to the cooling fans. Remember that too much soil around the cooling fans can reduce efficient air handling, and proper air intake, therefore compromising your overall cooling system.
5) Adjust your settings
You should adjust your systems power options, especially if you like gaming, watching movies, or streaming. Set your power setting to handle a heavy graphics load. Some of the system adjustment that you can do include enabling active cooling, enabling all power saving options for the CPU, graphics, wireless card, etc. When in heavy use, unplug the system from the power and use direct energy. Finally, ensure that you shut or close additional applications or instead programs when gaming.