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Dust – the enemy of the computer

Dust is the silent killer for your computer. It gets into your fan bearings and erodes them so they stop working causing your system to overheat. If your system overheats it could catch on fire any heavy dust build up (like pet hair).

Dust will also act as an insulating blanket on your computer chips and components so they will run hotter than they should. This will keep your system slow and effectively reduce the life of the computer.

So here are the Top 5 things you can do to stop getting Dust into the computer.

  1. Keep the computer off the floor, especially if its carpet. Computers will create alot of static electricity which attracts dust which then get sucked into your machines by the fans. If they are large tower computers, then place a board under them or even a small table.
  2. Once a month, clean the back of the case where the fan is. Dust congregates around here and its best to get rid of it before the dust enters the case.
  3. The more expensive cases have dust filters so keep these filters clean.
  4. Notebooks (laptops).. never place your laptop on the carpet or on soft furnishing materials. This will stop the fan and also suck in dust from the dust stored in the material. It is also not a good idea to put your notebook directly on your lap or your fan will not suck in air, the components will get hot and you will destroy the batteries ability to keep a charge.
  5. Don’t let animals sit on your computer or near the computer. Dog and cat hair is easily sucked into the computer and causes the most amount of clogging. Most computers are stopped by pet hair. I saw a dead mouse in a computer once, and one had a cockroach nest in the warm power supply.. Yuk!

The best way to remove dust from the computer.

Firstly you will need to open the case, and beware that when you do this you may be breaking the warranty rules so read your warranty card before hand.

Next remove all the cables attached, especially the power cable. It is always best practice to remember where the USB cables went in which USB port so that the computer does not need to reconfigure itself once you restart the computer.

Take the computer outside and grab a couple of thin sticks and lock them into the fans to stop the fans from spinning when being cleaned else you could stuff the fan bearings.

Using a compressed air gun, but lightly, remove the dust from the computer. Areas include the CPU fan, the exhaust fans, the mainboard, the areas surrounding the hard drive.

DO NOT use compressed air cans. These carry condensation and could cause harm to your computer chips. Also make sure you are always grounded when doing anything inside the computer case.

Remember a healthy computer is a fast computer.