With a large percentage of Britain basking in the sunshine to make the most of the heatwave, there has been a notable increase with the number of computers and mobile devices overheating and, occasionally, breaking.
Even though the sunshine may be blissful for a large number of people, it can be problematic for technology.
Many mobile devices will inform the user of when they are overheating. In fact, when this happens, the devices safety mode can kick-in meaning users cannot use their phone at all until it has cooled.
Hard drives will frazzle with the unbearable temperatures, data can be lost because of corrupting servers which aren’t kept cool, and what was reliable may not be for much longer.
Syn-Star has highlighted its top 5 suggestions on protecting your PC in hot weather…
- Keep computers in a cool and dry area to prevent overheating – away from direct sunlight
This may sound obvious – but it is an important factor many do not consider. This is especially the case in non-air-conditioned offices. In addition, allowing air flow is the easiest thing you can do to help keep your computer cool. Remove any obstacles to the air flow.
- Ensure IT equipment has its own power circuit
If your computer receives its power from the same circuit of other appliances, such as air-conditioners and televisions, this can contribute to overheating.
- Clean your computer
The fans inside your computer have one primary role: to keep it cool. Dirt can play a huge part in slowing your fan eventually making it stop. Dust particles, pet hair and other fragments do make their way in to your computer.
- Never overcharge your battery
One way in which you can minimise the risk of your computer from overheating is by never overcharging the battery. Most people are guilty of keeping their charger connected until the battery is at 100%. Never do so, because not only does it cause overheating but according to some computer experts it limits the battery life.
- Small to medium-sized businesses with networks should invest in surge protectors to prevent power spikes which are normally transmitted through network cables
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By Samuel Poole