Caring for your Computer: Physical Maintenance

Taking care of your computerWhether you’re at home or at work, computers are a big investment, so it’s important to take good care of them!  To help you prolong the life of your desktop, we’ve prepared a quick list of computer care tips.  First up: physical maintenance!

#1. Set up in the right spot

If you want to protect your computer from physical damage, make sure to set it up in a safe place.  First off, you should choose a space that is relatively cool and dry, with good ventilation.  Make sure to leave a few inches of space around the front and back of the computer, to allow proper airflow.

It’s also a good idea to make sure cords, cables and other miscellaneous items are safely tucked away out of harm’s way. (Not just for the sake of keeping your computer safe, but for the sake of keeping everyone around you safe as well!)

#2. Keep it clean (carefully!)

Keeping your computer clean isn’t just about appearances; dust, spills and other messes can severely damage your electronics over time, so it pays to keep the surrounding area clear of potential hazards.  Be mindful, however, that computers need to be handled delicately if you want them to keep on working properly.  Avoid using water or household cleaning products, even on the external surface of  your equipment.  Glass cleaner, for example, has the potential to damage your computer screen, so avoid using it on any of your electronics.

#3. Protect your equipment from power surges

If you’re at home, the simplest and most cost-effective way to protect your computer  from power surges is to use a surge protector.  Of course, if you also use your computer for work purposes, then it’s probably a good idea to invest in some extra protection.  An uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) can protect you from power troubles and provide backup power when you need it.