If you cannot live a day without a computer, better make an effort to properly maintain your unit. Otherwise, the dreaded blue screen of death or a hardware malfunction can come and surprise you just when you expect it the least. Though computers have no life of their own, these machines still need to be given attention and care. Just like people, a computer’s life expectancy and functionality will decrease without the needed maintenance procedures. In this day and age where almost everything is done digitally, this is something that you do not want to happen. To avoid this, you need to take note of these tips on how to take good care of your computer system at home:
- Keep the computer area clean at all times.
- Do not place any food or drink near your computer workplace.
- Do not place magnets near the computer or the storage disks. Magnets will erase data written on the disks.
- Dust off the computer often, especially the keyboard. Use a vacuum if necessary, to ensure that all the dust is wiped off properly.
- Take breaks for you and your computer during work. Though computers do not complain, these machines are actually prone to overheating which can cause damage to your unit. Worse, a computer can break down.
- Place the computer unit in an area of your household where it can get plenty of air. As much as possible, place the machine in a well-ventilated room, especially a room with an air conditioning system.
- Close all programs before you turn off the computer.
- Make sure that you turn the device on and off properly. Don't force a restart or shutdown your home computer when the situation does not require you to do so.
- Use an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS). This is especially needed in areas where you cannot trust the electricity supply in your home. The UPS can give ample time for your computer to be turned off properly even after a power interruption.
- Get the computer submitted to an annual electrical safety test. This is to ensure that all cables are still in their best working conditions.
- Replace any parts that have been damaged.
- Clean the Recycle Bin regularly.
- Use security software to avoid any threats that can enter your computer especially if you use the unit for Internet browsing. Make sure that the software is regularly updated to ensure total protection.
- Be careful when downloading files from the Internet as well as when copying data from other devices. Some files contain malicious software and viruses that can cause you computer to crash or malfunction.
- Fix computer errors regularly. If there are some applications that do not work properly, you should fix them right away. You can occasionally run the “Check Now” application by accessing the drive in “My Computer” and then selecting “Tools.”
By following all of these guidelines in taking care of your home computer, you can ensure added years of functionality for your machine. In the end, the best way to ensure that your machine will work for you efficiently is to exert some effort in maintaining your machine. When maintenance time comes, do not hesitate.