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How to best cool your laptop in the summer months

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Summer is a season accompanied by a torrid climate, which often tries physically. To suffer for, it is not only us but also our computers. Six Fixed PCs are located in rooms, sometimes with air conditioning, i laptop they are more prone to heat problems. Therefore, cooling the laptop better becomes a concrete need for any type of user.

Like any other electronic device, high temperatures and heavy use can cause quite serious hardware problems. Although any modern computer is equipped with fans and a cooling system, in extreme heat conditions these solutions are not sufficient to guarantee perfect operation. So how can you better cool your laptop even when the weather gets extremely hot? In this short article, we will analyze some useful tips for this purpose, also dedicating ample space to devices that, combined with the computer, can promote the exchange of air.

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Some essential tips to better cool the laptop during the summer

Before going into specific recommendations, let's understand when a laptop is actually getting too hot. The signals, in this sense, are quite evident, like fans that run at maximum and emit a great noise or a sensation of intense heat on the keyboard or in some parts of the device. In any case, there are programs to control the temperature of the CPU and the rest of the components.

When this happens to us, even before finding long-term solutions, we recommend that you turn off the computer until it cools down. Of course, using a laptop in the scorching sun or in an airy room and in the shade makes the difference. Furthermore, giving up the use of your laptop on the hottest days of the year, unless you have to work there, can be a good choice.

Beyond that, the usefulness of these computers rightly pushes users to an intense use in any season, therefore it may be useful to take some precautions in order to improve the exchange of air and / or in any case reduce the internal temperature. Here are some specific tips in this regard.

Lighten the computer work

To save on the battery consumption of a laptop, a good habit not to overload it with numerous programs open at the same time. The exact same logic applies when you intend to cool your laptop better during the summer months. Multiple programs (or even a single video game that is expensive in terms of resources consumed), can be overloaded with work CPU is Graphic card, causing an inevitable internal rise in temperatures.

In fact, everything that affects the work of the CPU can make its work more arduous, therefore it gives you great attention also with regard to various malware and viruses. In fact, they can overload the computer thus causing heat production higher than normal (as well as being potentially very harmful to the system).

Close active processes

Not all software is easy to close. Some processes work in the background, apparently without showing up, to overload the computer with extra work for the processor, often not particularly useful.

Windows offers a very useful tool in this sense, that is Activity management. To use it, keep the keys pressed CTRL + ALT + Delete and choose the corresponding item. From here, through a table with real-time statistics, it is possible to monitor the CPU overload.

In the presented list, it is possible to identify all the processes in operation and, once one or more of them consume many resources, it is possible to close them. To close a process just select it with the mouse and then select the item End activity, in the lower right corner of the window.

Note well: obviously most processes not only useful, but also indispensable for the correct functioning of Windows. So you need to know what you can close and what you can't before proceeding.

Check the fans

The fans they are a part of simple components but at the same time indispensable for any type of computer, be it fixed or portable. Their essential functioning to maintain acceptable temperatures inside the case.

If they are important in a desktop PC, where there is still considerable space and the possibility of air exchange, they take on an even more decisive function in laptops, where in fact spaces are reduced to a minimum.

It is therefore useful, especially if they make a rather annoying noise, check that they are clean or that they are not damaged. If this operation is rather simple for the stationary (just open the case and check the power supply and CPU fan), it is possible to use compressed air canisters or similar devices with the laptop. Even the replacement can be more complicated and, in this sense, we recommend contacting a specialized technician for the job.


Still in the field of fans, the software deserves a separate discussion SpeedFan. It is an application that allows you to control the internal temperatures of the computer and adjust the fan speed accordingly.

SpeedFan can access digital temperature sensors and can change the fan speed accordingly, thus reducing noise. To use this program, once installed, it is necessary to carry out a global analysis of the device and its temperatures. Once this is done, you can request SpeedFan to manage the speed of the fans independently: the program works with almost any Windows platform, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

Energy saving

As we have already said, the massive use of the CPU is the main cause of summer overheating for computers. In order to cool the laptop better, it may be a good habit to adopt the mode Energy saving.

To do this, you need to go through the menu Start, therefore go to theControl panel and then on Hardware and soundsEnergy saving options. You can then choose the performance plan Balanced or personally choose where and how to cut on energy consumption. Obviously it involves cutting out some superfluous functions, generally related to the interface graphics.

Lift the computer

With the fans located on the lower part of the device, keeping it raised even an inch can be very useful. This operation allows for greater air exchange, lowering the temperatures more or less substantially and, consequently, removing the risk of incurring overheating.

For this purpose, different types of bases are available on the market, some also equipped with additional fans or actual heat sinks. Thanks to this addition, you can drastically reduce the temperatures of your computer and, in many cases, also find a more comfortable position for the same device.

From this point of view it ranges from simple raised platforms, up to instruments equipped with various fans powered through USB sockets. Since even the most equipped products have a rather low cost, our advice is to aim for complete and multifunction heatsinks.

Software and operating systems update

Regardless of the operating system and software used, keeping your laptop up to date can be another way to avoid overheating. In fact, the developers are well aware of how devices can tend to heat up in the summer months and therefore, as they make patches, they also take this into account. The same goes for hardware components such as graphics cards which, with their work, can have a more or less incisive influence on temperature.

Therefore, both in terms of software and hardware, it is good practice to keep your laptop updated as much as possible. Where automatic updates cannot be obtained, the advice is to periodically take a look at the websites of the component manufacturers to always obtain the latest version of the firmware available.