Tips for Proper Computer Equipment VentilationBilly McKindley
All computer equipment or electrical device used by your ICT needs to stay cool. Computers have fans and various heatsinks that draw out and dispel heat from components. Networking equipment like Routers, Modem, Switches, Hubs etc typically don’t use fans to dispel heat, instead they use small vents in their case or sometimes their case is the heatsink, this is why its important you don’t stack devices on top of each other, if equipment lives within a data cabinet or rack there will need to be enough ventilation for heat to escape from the cabinet, messy cabling in cabinets can also interrupt the airflow or block vents.
Tips to keep your computer cool
- Clean Out Your Computer’s Case: Dust accumulates in computer cases and even laptops over time, clogging fans and blocking air flow. This dust can cause ventilation problems, trapping heat and preventing your PC from cooling itself properly. Be sure to clean your computer’s case occasionally to prevent dust build-up.
- Ensure Proper Ventilation: Put the computer in a location where it can properly ventilate itself. If it’s a desktop, don’t push the case up against a wall so that the computer’s vents become blocked or leave it near a radiator or heating vent. If it’s a laptop, be careful to not block its air vents. For example, putting a laptop down on a mattress, allowing it to sink in, and leaving it there can lead to overheating—especially if the laptop is doing something demanding and generating heat it can’t get rid of.
- Check if the Fans Are Running: If you’re not sure why your computer started overheating, open its case and check that all the fans are running. It’s possible that a CPU, graphics card, or case fan failed or became unplugged, reducing air flow.
- Tune Up Heat Sinks: If your CPU is overheating, its heat sink may not be seated correctly or its thermal paste may be old. You may need to remove the heat sink and apply new thermal paste before reseating the heat sink properly.