|Keeping your computer system clean not only means software. Keeping
the physical hardware clean is very important as well.
on the screen or inside the case has nothing to do with your
housekeeping. It is a natural effect of a computer system. There is
electricity running through every part of the system. This causes a
electronic charge, the electronic charge attracts every little speck of
It is vital for the computer system to keep cool. This means fans
spinning, drawing air into and out of the case. A build-up of dust
usually occurs on or around the cooling fans, in the power supply, and
on the finned heatsink.
Over a period of time, maybe months or years, the cooling fans loose
their ability to cool the system due to the dust collected on them.
The computer has a normal operating temperature. When the fans
loose their efficiency, the operating temperature rises. When the
computer is running above the normal temperature, it greatly decreases
the life of the computer.
It's probably needless to mention, but, smoking around a computer is
very very bad. If you are a smoker and smoke around your computer, plan
on a untimely failure of your computer. Smoke particles are quite small
and get into every part of the electronics.
OK, What to do?
For the screen, never spray any cleaner directly on the monitor.
There are special electronic wipes available at most office stories. You
can also use a soft cloth and lightly wipe the screen.
For the tower, once or twice a year, unplug your computer, take it outside, take the
cover off and blow the dust from inside the case. At most electronics or
office stores, you can get cans of sterilized air. Not a good idea to
use an air compressor. The cans of air are specially made to clean
Let's not forget about laptop computers. They have cooling fans too.
They usually draw fresh air from vents on the underside of the machine
and exit air on the side. Keeping these clean is quite simple, blow
sterilized air through the intake vent, and dust will exit through the
fan vent on the side. Best to do this outside.
This is an often overlooked maintenance activity. Keeping your
computer running cool is critical to the longevity of your computer
system. If you would like us to check this for you, please call and
schedule an appointment today.