How to Keep Your Laptop Cool

Laptops have revolutionized when and where people can use computers, but what happens when your laptop is too hot to comfortably sit atop your lap?

These devices tend to overheat for a number of reasons, but it’s not something that you should ignore, as it can potentially damage your computer. 

Can’t Stand The Heat

If you’ve noticed your laptop is getting a little too hot a little too often, you’re not alone—it’s happened to most everyone who owns a laptop at some point or another. The problem is that the reasons laptops get too hot are so varied, it can be difficult to nail down the exact cause. 

The best way to protect your laptop from excessive heat is to take a number of practices into account when using it, which will cover any possible cause. 

Fighting The Fever

More often than not, a hot laptop is symptomatic of a simply fixed problem. This could be something as simple as a dirty air vent or a laptop fan that isn’t working properly.  

Whatever the cause, keeping your laptop cool is as simple as making a few minor adjustments:

  • Clear out vents with compressed air; a blockage is a common overheating culprit.
  • Keep your laptop on a cool, hard surface, especially when it’s charging. 
  • Make sure you don’t have too many programs running at once. They will bog down your laptop’s system and require extra work.
  • Switch to power saver mode, as high performance  generates a great deal of heat. 
  • Turn down graphics settings and brightness.

Though none of these changes will impact the quality of your computing experience, they can make a world of difference for the temperature of your laptop.