Why Do Computers Overheat
When computers compute, they are doing a physical task that produces heat energy. Modern computers compute a lot! We use them to be face to face with loved ones who are hundreds of miles away. We conduct business transactions, watch movies, and learn new skills all using our computers. Each of these tasks adds to the load of work — computing — that a computer does which means that your computer is capable of overheating. An overheated computer can result in permanently damaged parts and an ultimately non-functional machine.
Computing And Overheating Explained
Think of your computer as a mansion with a limited number of butlers. The more powerful the machine the more butlers it has. Each time you open a tab on your web browser or a program such as Photoshop, you are adding a new task for your butlers to do. In effect you have an increasing number of tasks for a limited number of butlers who need to keep a fast schedule to keep you happy. The outcome of this relationship for your computer is increased heat as it scrambles to get things done. Most computer users aren’t considering how they use their computer’s resources. As a result they get alarmed as their computer gets louder, hotter, and slower as time goes on.
How To Fix An Overheated Computer
If your computer is overheating you should take note of it and make some changes to keep the temperatures down. Closing tabs and programs that you aren’t actually using will cut the amount of processing your machine is doing. This means less work and therefore less heat by your computer. Working on a hard surface like a desk, or elevating your computer on a computer stand will allow it to release heat more efficiently. Finally, if things aren’t cooling down with your machine, try turning it off for a few minutes to allow it to cool off and stop processing for a bit.
Additional Computing Tips
Make sure that you are familiar with the processing power (number of butlers) your computer has. An overheated computer is often a sign of an overworked computer. If you are using programs that your computer is not sufficiently able to manage it could be time for an upgrade. Check out this article on popular Chromebook’s to see which options best fit your needs. Overall, you shouldn’t ignore the temperature of your computer. Instead, let it be a clue that can help you keep your device in good health. Try out HubbleIQ’s tools to help you monitor your computer’s performance. For more general computing tips checkout the topic on HubbleIQ’s articles page.