6 ways to cool down your computer when it overheats – Business Insider – Business Insider

6 ways to cool down your computer when it overheats – Business Insider – Business Insider

If you find that your computer tends to run hot these days, don’t worry. There are several ways you can cool down your computer so that it doesn’t burn your lap or damage itself.

How to cool down your computer 

Don’t block your computer’s vents

There are fans located inside your computer to help it cool itself down, and when those fans’ vents are blocked, the air cannot travel properly, making your computer overheat. Make sure your computer’s vents have plenty of unobstructed space around them. This can include the surface on which your computer rests. For example, if you usually use your laptop in bed and rest it on a blanket, the blanket will inhibit the computer’s ventilation. For best results, use your computer on a hard, flat surface to let it “breathe.”

Use a laptop cooling pad

You can buy a cooling pad that essentially works as an external fan for your laptop. These tend to be relatively inexpensive and connect directly to your laptop, often through the USB port. Keep in mind, though, that laptop cooling pads can cool the outside of your computer, but don’t have as much of an effect on the computer’s internal heat sources.

Avoid using programs that push your computer’s CPU limits 

Just like a runner might lose steam after sprinting for several miles, if your computer is frequently running programs that use a lot of CPU, its internal components will be forced to work in overdrive and it will begin
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