Did you know that all electronics have an EOL date? What is EOL you ask? Simply put it stands for End Of Life and its not talking about becoming outdated. It means the electronics contained within it have a certain life expectancy. For example, spinning disk hard drives have an EOL of 5 years. This means if your computer is older than that, make sure you are backing up your files as a failure is highly possible.It is also important to know that this EOL date is set if your device sits in an optimal environment. I don’t know about you, but I know houses can get dusty and collect on and in the devices without you knowing. It creeps up on you and before you know it those important cooling vents get clogged with dust and the components inside also get covered and become labored. Cooling will fail and overheating can cause major damage.
So what do you do? Head on over to your local tech store and get yourself a couple of cans of compressed air. A couple of quick shots of this on your router and modem will help keep that cool are flowing. Its important that you do this to your network devices every once and awhile, and keep an eye on them so they don’t get clogged up and overheat.
For the computer you can you a vacuum with a plastic soft brush on the end of the hose. Just gently vacuum the outer case and remove the built up dust from it. Make sure to get the back of the computer as well. You can also do this for your laptops, making sure to clear the dust from the side vents and the ones underneath. Do not attempt to remove the covers and clean the inside yourself if you are not familiar with it. If you find your computers getting hot, then have a local technician clean it for you. Its important to note that any static charge from you or the device you’re using to clean the computer can damage the motherboard or its components. When unsure, take it to someone who knows.