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Bluebonnets have bloomed, and whether you’ve made a pact to enjoy some shows this week at SXSW or avoid downtown Austin like a plague – it’s officially spring in Texas! As the weather (slowly) figures itself out and starts to warm up, we all want to spend more time outside. The heat and sun may be good for outside activities, but it’s not particularly good for your technology.
For this reason, we’ve put together a couple quick tips for keeping your tech safe as the temperature rises.

Know the safe temperature range for your device

Knowing the safe temperature range for your device will help you decide whether to bring it with you or leave it at home. Most devices are designed to be used in average weather conditions, so if you’re comfortable there’s a good chance it’s okay, but it’s best to be absolutely sure. To find the suggested temperature range look in your user manual or Google your exact device to find it.

If you want to take it up a level you can download a program that will monitor the temperature of your computer. For Windows the best is Core Temp and for Mac we recommend HWSensors.

Don’t leave your device in the car

Along with it being a security risk to leave your device in the car, if it’s hot outside you’re destined to end up with an overheating device and some possible battery damage.

Know the signs of overheating

As we mentioned above, it’s best to monitor the temperature of your computer using one of the two programs recommended, but in any case you should still be aware of signs that your device may be overheating. Look for behaviors such as:

  • Complete shut down
  • Freezing – particularly when performing more intense functions (video playback, games, etc.)
  • Loud/Abnormal fan sounds
  • Hot to the touch

Know what to do if it’s overheated

Understanding that your device is overheating is great, but you should also know what to do, and not do once it’s reached that point.
You should absolutely not try to use it as normal until it has cooled down. But you should:

  • Take off any case on the device
  • If possible, turn the device off
  • Move it to a cooler room or area

If it’s really that hot…turn it off

If you really need to bring your device somewhere and leave it in your car, turn it off before leaving it.
The risks associated with an overheated device – hard drive expansion, decreased hard drive lifespan, decreased battery life, and decreased speed –  typically outweigh the inconvenience of turning it off or leaving it at home. Let this be your excuse to leave your computer at home this summer to unplug, unwind and enjoy the weather! And I don’t know about you, but when i’m sitting in 100+ degree weather the last thing I want is a warm laptop on my lap anyways!