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Maintenance Tips for Your Computer at Home

Posted on August 25, 2016.

With computers, sometimes it’s the simplest things that can help the most. The most basic techniques can help keep your home PC running in tip-top shape. Here are a few simple ways to maintain your computer at home or at work:

 

Remove Dust

Dusting your PC is a lot more important that you may think. Making sure the vents in your desktop or laptop are free of dirt and dust will allow your machine to properly expel heat. Letting too much dust accumulate around the vents of your computer is a safety hazard—for both you and the hardware. The best way to take care of this is to use canned air to dust off the vents. For the best results, perform this dusting outside of your home or office.

 

Avoid Obstructions

Also, an often-overlooked component of PC care is making sure your computer is placed on an open space that is free of obstruction. If your desktop is in a cramped, tight space, then the heat dispelled from the vent could build up and cause problems. Your PC can quickly overheat, and that could lead to additional problems. Find a space where the machine can breathe properly, and save yourself some trouble down the road.

 

Use A Surge Protector

One of the easiest ways to take preventative measures with your equipment is to use a surge protector. While it may seem obvious, it can’t be stressed enough and will no doubt come in handy. When choosing a surge protector, make sure that is what you’re buying. Power strips only offer more outlets, with little-to-no protection against electrical surges. Be sure to buy an actual surge protector and check the Joule rating. The higher the rating, the better the device will protect your equipment. 

 

With these preventative measures you can avoid some frustrating and costly disasters. For more tips, check back here or contact Computer Solutions of Freehold.