Your personal computer (PC) is an important purchase, and quite an expensive one too. With the advances planned for PCs and wireless technology, it is only a matter of time before PCs will be considered a household appliance. Now, although a PC is usually a fairly tough piece of machinery, it is possible for computers to be brought to a premature death by the environment they are kept in.
When it comes to taking care of a PC, maintaining it and keeping it trouble-free, the media most often warns us about protection from viruses and back door intruders. Because of this emphasis, many PC owners fail to realize that there are many external things that can just as easily cause damage to a PC. Things in the home such as dust, humidity, water and even power surges can all cause your computer to break down.
When you bring a PC into your home, you should think carefully about where you will place it. Firstly, never keep your computer too close to the humid areas of your home; the bathroom and the kitchen especially. Humid air contains minute droplets of water which can settle on the electronics of your PC. Over time, humid air will cause rust and corrosion inside your PC, creating a host of problems.
PC owners should use a surge protector as much as possible to protect against spikes in their electrical current. Power surges are sudden peaks in voltage that happen from time to time and that can damage your computer. PCs should be plugged directly into a surge protector and then the surge protector plugged into the power outlet. If you live in an area with high lightening activity you will be at even more risk from power surges.
Since dust and moisture exist in every home, it is important to regularly clean your computer to remove any excess dust. Cleaning your computer will protect the electronics. If you see a large build up of dust around your computer fan, it is a sign that there is probably a large build up of dust inside your computer as well. To resolve this, hold the hose of your vacuum cleaner against the outside of the fan and gently suck out the dust inside.