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Hot Tips to Protect Your Computer

Posted January 09, 2013 in Advice Column, West Des Moines

Heat is not a friend of your electronic purchases. Simple usage and maintenance tips will help your electronic equipment last longer and run more dependably. The simple advice for the use of your electronics is, don’t let anything prevent the flow of air through the cooling system.

The cooling of your car is accomplished by a radiator. On your computer there is a device called a heat sink (spiky piece of metal) that absorbs heat energy from your computer. There is generally a fan attached to the heat sink which moves heat away from the processor and out of the case. Dust frequently collects on the fins of this device and diminishes the fan’s ability to transfer heat. This issue can be prevented on a desktop by opening the case and blowing the dust away using a pressurized air nozzle. This is a bit more difficult on a laptop, (and arguably more important) by directing this forced air through the openings of the fan and venting system.

Most computer service companies will complete this cleaning for less than $50. This is a service that 600MONKEYS provides for free in our West Glen location. Please call (515) 327-0600 to learn more.

Information provided by James L. Thalacker 600MONKEYS, 5465 Mills Civic Parkway Suite 220, West Des Moines, 327-0600,

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