Keeping Your Computer Clean
If your computer is used a lot and keep it
on for hours at a time it's a good idea to clean it every now
and again, one of the main problems is dust. Cleaning out this
dust can extend your computers life and make keep it running
faster and quieter.
If you have a desktop computer then the main place dust
accumulates is around the CPU unit and fan areas. To prevent
your processor from over heating there is a fan connected to a
heat sink which sits on top of the processor to disperse the
heat. This fan blows air down on to the heat sink to cool it
down as the heat is passed up from the CPU. Because the fan is
constantly blowing air it also blows the dust particles in the
air in to the heat sink, over time this can clog up the
computers heat sink reducing its effectiveness. Because of the
dust your fan may have to blow faster making it louder and more
costly to run. Normally you can see if the fan is clogged up
simply by opening your computer up and looking at it. If your
fans heat sink is really clogged up with dust and dirty looking
it is a good idea to give it a clean. When dealing with the
inside of your computer or anything electrical ensure the power
is turned off and it is unplugged first.
The best way to clean out the insides of your computer is by
using a can of compressed air and special nozzle, you can buy
these from any good computer store. The spray nozzle is useful
for getting in to those tricky places. When spraying the
compressed air on to your computer, make sure you don't spray
it for to long as condensation may form some drops of water.
After blowing away any dust from your computers heat sinks give
it a gentle wipe over with an anti-static cloth. You can also
use the compressed air to clean your power unit and
Cleaning the inside of your computer doesn't take long
providing you have the correct equipment, and once done you
notice an immediate improvement in your computers performance.
The fan wont need to blow as hard so it will be quieter and
thanks to the processor running at a cooler temperature your
whole computer should generally run faster. I try to clean my
computer every 4 or 5 months to keep it running
If you use your computer a lot and keep it on for hours at a
time it's a good idea to keep it clean, dust can be a problem.
Cleaning out this dust can extend your computers life and make
keep it running faster and quieter.