Laptop overheating is a major issue, which causes several problems, ranging from a hanging system to premature failure of internal parts and others. Since manufacturers have designed ultra fast processors that work quite fast and produce more heat, it is essential to keep them cool, in order to prevent any malfunction. With prolonged heating, hard drive is the first thing that is likely to be damaged. So, a few important tips that can help you keep your laptop at the minimum temperature possible, are discussed below.
- Remove Dust from Laptop Vents: With time, laptop vents as well as the internal fans are filled with dust, reducing the optimal airflow and hence, restricting its cooling ability. Thus, with more dust accummulated, the chances of laptop overheating also increase. While fans will rotate out of balance due to dust collected on them, vents blocked with dirt particles will prevent the outflow of hot air. Therefore, it is suggested to buy a can of compressed air and remove the dust regularly, to experience a wonderful cooling effect and enhanced performance.
- Avoid Surfaces that Block or Restrict Airflow: The simplest and the most effective way to avoid laptop overheating is to allow the cooling mechanism work without any problem. Many people have the habit of using laptops on uneven surfaces, like carpets, couches, beds and even a lap. This blocks the opening, meant for the hot air to move out, causing the laptop to heat more than the defined temperature for an efficient performance. A prolonged use can even cause damage to the notebook or the user due to the build up of an extremely high temperature. A flat surface, however, is best for the placement of laptop and those small rubber feet at the bottom provide it necessary elevation from the surface to allow the passage of heat.
- Never Place a Laptop in Bag Without a Complete Shutdown: Many a times, in hurry, people either forget to turn their laptop OFF or don’t wait for the complete shutdown before putting it in a bag. In a partial or no shutdown state, the cooling fans are still working to remove heat. The same gets collected in the bag, if the laptop is packed in such a state. This could, potentially, damage the system and/or bag due to the contact of overheated body with the bag fibre. So, you should allow the system to turn off completely and the fan to stop working, before placing it in a closed bag.
- Lift the base from surface: With most of the laptops having the sink and vents at or near the bottom, it is a good practice to keep the base lifted, allowing a wider passage to the hot air. For this, you can either use of a book or any other solid material under the back feet or can purchase additional rubber feet, in order to use it at almost any place.
- Get a Cooling Pad or Fan: An external fan or pad is an extension to the internal fan of the laptop, which adds to its cooling ability and helps keep the system away from heat. There are various designs available in the market that can easily fit the laptop base and can be powered from a USB port. Thus, using one is quite simple and efficient fans are available at reasonable costs as well.
Thus, if you follow these tips carefully and keep vents open and clean, you can keep your system cool, even after long hours of operation, enjoying an optimal performance.