If you’re a fan of our Speed Up PC Free blog, then you probably know all about the easiest ways to speed up your computer, including PC optimization programs, registry cleaners, hard drive defragmenters, and RAM upgrades. However, some of these upgrades are expensive, and may be beyond the budget of the average PC user.
Today, we’re going to show you how one simple tool can significantly improve your PC’s performance – along with making your work environment that much safer. Here is that tool:
This is a canister of compressed air. What? You were expecting us to recommend some magical optimization program, or some specific hardware upgrade? No, we’re assuming that you have already optimized your computer’s performance by installing a program like PC Cleaner Pro 2012. But if you’re looking to squeeze every ounce of performance out of your computer, then you’re going to need a canister of compressed air.
Using a canister of compressed air to speed up your PC is very straightforward. In fact, the hardest part will be opening up your case. Unscrew any screws that you find on the outside of your case. Most desktop PCs have a side panel that is easy to remove, and you may not even need a screwdriver in order to do it. Remove your side panel and set it aside.
Next, you’re going to want to take your PC to a well-ventilated area, like an outdoor balcony. This next step will kick up a lot of dust, and you don’t want to be breathing in too much of it, or have it scatter around your office. After all, dust is made up of potentially harmful things like dead skin cells, insects, dirt, animal dander, and other pollutants.
Next, take your canister of compressed air and spray any dusty areas that you see. If you have never cleaned out the inside of your computer case, then there could be a disgusting amount of dust inside. Don’t be afraid to give problem areas an extra shot with the canister of compressed air.
You’re going to want to focus a considerable amount of attention on your case fans – the fans that blow air into and out of your case. These are easy to find, although they may be crowded under a large amount of dust. Also give your CPU heatsink a shot of air. In most cases, your CPU heatsink will be a square-shaped object located on the center of your motherboard.
If you have a discrete (external) video card, then there may also be a fan on its heatsink, and this can also become clogged with dust. Check your other hardware components for dust as well, as even hardware without fans can become covered in dust.
Be thorough for this step. After all, you’ve gone through some effort to open the case and bring it outside, so you might as well ensure that it is completely clean.
While cleaning the dust out of your case may look nice, you may be wondering how it actually speeds up your PC. Put simply, dust clogs up some of the most important parts of your computer. It chokes your computer’s fans, which can lead to overheating and other serious component problems. When your hardware is overheating, it won’t perform at its full potential, and your computer could crash and freeze frequently during use.
Put simply, cleaning out the dust in your PC makes all of your hardware run faster. It’s also a great way to make your office healthier: if you’re sitting beside a dusty computer all day, you risk having some of that dust enter your lungs. So, in addition to speeding up your PC, you’re also improving your own personal health and safety. And, best of all, a canister of compressed air can be found for less than $10. What’s not to like?