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How Often Should I Clean My Computer? Part 2

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Some people love cleaning. Others hate it. 

Either way, it can’t be denied that proper cleaning helps thing last longer. At CaseLabs, we know all too well how much dust and other contaminants can get caught in a computer case. Though designers are always working hard to create cases that keep the dust out, you can’t keep a computer running without cooling it, and no matter what you do, a bunch of junk gets pulled into your computer case. The only solution to the resulting danger of overheating is to clean the case.

As we mentioned in our last blog, we acknowledged that constantly cleaning your computer case can be just as hard on it as completely neglecting it. You need to clean it, but not too often. We’ve discussed how important it is to keep your computer off the floor, as well as considerations to make if you have furry pets. Today, we have a few more situations that will require you to regularly clean your computer.


Do You Smoke?

Smoking puts ash and chemicals into the air. As your computer’s fans work to cool the interior of the tower, they will pull those ashes and chemicals into and onto the components. After a while, the buildup can impact your computer’s performance, so it’s important to open it up and clean it every three to six months.


Is Your Computer Near a Window or Vent?

This is much like keeping your tower on the floor. A computer tower near a window can pick up an astonishing amount of dust, especially during the warmer months, when the window may be open. Keeping your tower by any sort of vent can have the same impact. While it’s always best to keep your tower away from these locations, if you cannot, just remain aware of your tower’s temperature. If it starts to have trouble cooling off, it’s probably time to break out the tools and canned air and get to work.


When you put in the work to take care of your computer, it will run happily and be easier to upgrade. Nobody wants to get a new graphics card and plug it into a tower that looks like a ruin inside. At CaseLabs, we have worked since 1971 to provide computer cases and accessories that meet unique needs. We carefully curate our selection and do everything we can to give you the freedom to create the computer of your dreams. Shop today!

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