Updated: Jan 24, 2020
Overheating in laptops is pretty common, and many laptop owners have experienced it. Sometimes aging laptops may be overheating due to internal hardware problems that most people may not be able to fix. However, the most common type of overheating is caused by lack of adequate airflow within the machine. Overheating doesn’t imply that the machine is having serious problems because there are some ways to cool it down. Let’s look at six simple and easy ways to keep your laptop from overheating:
Check and Clean The Fans
Whenever you feel your laptop getting hot, place your hand just next to the fan vents. You will know whether the laptop’s fan is working properly if you feel hot air blowing out of the vents. If you feel very little or no air, then dust might have accumulated on the fan or it has broken down. You can open up the machine and blow out the dust with some relatively compressed air. If the fan has broken down, look for a new replacement. Note that if you are not comfortable opening up the laptop, get a professional to do it
Elevate Your Laptop
Overheating can be caused by lack of inadequate ventilation under the laptop. This can be solved by elevating your computer and putting a small book under the machine. Apart from using a book, it's even better to purchase a laptop cooling mat to provide enough standard ventilation under your machine. There are varieties of cooling mats available, and you can purchase one online.
Use A Lap Desk
Another method to provide enough ventilation is the use of a lap desk. The small rubber feet on the bottom provides standard elevation to enhance airflow underneath your laptop. However, some people place laptops on their laps when using them. This restricts airflow under the laptop and leads to overheating. A lap desk helps in maintaining constant airflow, keeping your laptop cool.
Controlling Fan Speeds
Constant airflow within your laptop prevents your fans from running at full speeds. When your fan is running at high speeds, it implies that the CPU is working hard and it may get hotter. You can control fan speeds by installing programs such as SpeedFan for Windows.
Avoid Using Intense Processes
Overheating in your laptop may be as a result of intense processes. You can keep your laptop cool by avoiding such processes on your machine. For instance, browsers with video Flash will subject the CPU to hard work. The CPU will start getting hotter and increase fan speeds. Therefore, it’s advisable to use a FlashBlock in your browser so that flash videos are only turned on whenever needed.
Keep Your Laptop Out Of The Heat
Lastly, overheating of your laptop may occur due to extreme exposure to direct hot sunlight, especially during summer. High temperatures may cause a computer to overheat due to an expansion of hard drive and battery damage. Therefore, you should keep your laptop in the shade whenever temperatures are high. When your laptop is shutting down and experiencing serious slowdowns as a result of overheating, it’s advisable to get it repaired as soon as possible.