Dusting Out Your Computer
Posted on: June 25th, 2012
“Dust is an enemy of electronics”. This I found to be true. Dusting out your machine 1 or more times a year is beneficial for its life. Let me tell you why dust is not good and how you can get your computer dusted quickly and easily.
Dust has a couple of bad qualities for electronics:
Computers have fans that suck in air and then blow it out on the other side in order to cool down the components inside. This naturally causes the computer to tend to collect dust at a great rate depending on how dusty the air around it is.
So the first thing you can do to mitigate the problem is to provide cleaner air for the machine. Here are some of the things you can do:
How to dust the computer
Even in clean environments computers will eventually collect dust inside. So here’s how you can get the dust out.
What you will need is some kind of compressed air. You can use the cans with compressed air, but a compressor does a better job (just don’t use it over 50psi because a very strong air current can bend or break something).
Vacuum cleaners do not work for dusting purposes. Most dust is settled in enclosed tiny spaces where you can’t get to with a hose or attachment. You can use a vacuum, though, to remove big “dust bunnies”.
Because dust will get blown out from the computer, do this outside, or in a space where you can clean up easily after the “dust settles”.
Laptops are actually easier. Most laptops have only one fan, some has two. You need to blow in where the air is sucked in by the fan(s) and then into where the hot air normally comes out. Do that alternately until no visible sign of dust flying out.
First remove the side cover. Some cases have simple latches, others require two screws to be unscrewed. If you can’t figure out how to get the side off then go to Youtube and search for a video on your particular make and model’s dis-assembly. Most of the time you’ll find it pretty easily.
Dust collects mainly in the following places in desktops:
After dusting put the side panel and the front panel back and hook the computer up again.
Dusting done properly and regularly will prolong the life of your machine.
Disclaimer: this article is informational only. While all care is taken to give proper instructions we can’t predict all scenarios and all possible complications. Please use common sense precautions to avoid damage to yourself and to your computer. We are not responsible for any damages that might have been caused when you attempt to dust your computer.
If you don’t feel comfortable undertaking the task of dusting your machine please bring it to us and we can do it for you along with other hardware and software check-ups that help your computer run better with less problems.
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