Computers have become an integral part of our daily lives. From work to gaming to browsing the web, you likely spend a good portion of your day using your machine. In light of this, it’s surprising how few people know how to take good care of their computers or forget the importance of doing so. Even if you’re on top of managing your files and antivirus software, you still need to be aware of how you’re treating your physical machine-the hardware. Let’s discuss a few ways to keep your computer in excellent condition so it runs smoothly for years to come.
Protect with a case
Most people bring their laptops with them to work or class or even on an airplane, and this frequent travel can be hard on your computer. To protect your laptop from dings, scratches, and even further potential damages caused by drops, consider purchasing a snap-on case or sleeve to keep your computer in on the go.
It’s tempting to keep your computer plugged in whenever you’re at your desk so it will be fully charged should you need to take it elsewhere. But unfortunately, overcharging can reduce battery life, meaning you’ll need to find an outlet again soon. Instead, unplug your computer when it reaches 100%, and don’t plug it in again until the battery starts to get low.
Clean screen and keyboard
It is natural for dust and debris to settle on your computer and get into the cracks and crevices. It is essential not to allow it to build up over time, as this can cause your machine to overheat and run slower. Periodically wipe your entire computer with a soft cloth to clear up any grime on the surface. Then, turn your computer off and carefully clean your keyboard with compressed air to remove any debris from under the keys. Don’t eat over your keyboard to protect your computer from spills and crumbs. One small spill can cost you a lot in dollars and headaches.
Clean the mouse
You must also keep a wireless or plug-in mouse clean for it to continue tracking correctly. Wipe down the outside of the mouse with a cotton cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. Never pour or spray rubbing alcohol directly onto the mouse, as you don’t want the liquid to get inside. That’s it for an optical mouse, but a mechanical mouse may need more attention. Carefully remove the ball-cover ring from the mouse and wipe down the tracking ball for smoother movement.
Most computer setups will involve many cords and cables, whether using a laptop or a desktop. It is easy for these to become a tangled mess, so managing them is a priority. Some simple solutions may be color-coding your cables with colored tapes or labels or using cable clips to keep everything in its proper place. When organizing your cables, always be sure to keep them out of the way of foot traffic to avoid someone tripping over a cord and sending your entire setup toppling to the ground.
It is easy to keep your computer running smoothly for many years with just a bit of routine maintenance. Here at Millennium Group, our goal is to make machine maintenance as hassle-free for you as possible. Give us a call at (970) 663-1200 to learn how we can help you keep your computer in prime condition.