How to Keep Your Laptop from Overheating

Laptops can run hot when used for extended periods of time. Aside from reaching a temperature that can actually burn users, the heat can also break down some important components of the machine. To keep this from happening, laptop manufacturers add fans and cooling systems to laptops, though they’re often not enough to keep a laptop from overheating. In order to keep your laptop cool, here are a few tips you can follow.

1. Clean your laptop’s fan.


A laptop may overheat if there are dirt or dust particles blocking its internal fans. In order to do this, turn off your laptop, flip it over, and remove the battery. Unscrew the panel above your laptop’s air vent. You should be able to see your laptop fan. Use an air compressor to blow out the dust, but keep the pressure low to make sure that you don’t damage the fan. Do this every couple of months. If you’re afraid of tinkering with your laptop’s components, ask a professional or an experienced friend for help.

2. Don’t block the vents.

Always make sure that there are no objects blocking your laptop’s air vents. Don’t place your laptop on a soft surface because it will cause the laptop to sink and block some of the air passages. As ironic as it may seem, this means that laptops should sit on desks rather than on laps, couches, carpets, or beds.

3. Buy cooling accessories.


Let your laptop sit on cooling accessories to actively manage its temperature. Popular cooling accessories include cooling pads or laptop stands. Go to your local electronics store to find one of these. Try investing on a laptop stand that’s of high-quality, because cheap ones may break easily. If you don’t want to purchase cooling accessories for your laptop, use a book as a laptop stand or a large baking rack.

4. Stay in a cool environment.

Staying in an air conditioned area will help lower your laptop’s temperature and prevent it from overheating. Try to stay in a room that’s around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Adjust your power settings.

Set your computer system to “Balanced” or “Power Saver” to tell your laptop’s system to use only the power required to run the applications you’re currently using, instead of using your system’s max processor speed. If you play games or if you run applications that require your laptop to run at full capacity, try to take a break once every few hours to cool down your system.

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