If you’re a gamer, you’ve likely had the experience of your gaming system getting hot. And when the weather is cool, you can usually just shut the system down for a bit and allow it to cool off on its own in your air conditioned home. But if you’re expecting to experience a hot summer this year, as it forecasted in many places, you might need to consider a few other measures to take that will help to ensure that you’re able to keep gaming even when the temperature reaches triple digits.

To help you in doing this, here are three tips for keeping your gaming system cool in a warmer environment. 

Give Your System Space

Because all electronics are going to create heat as they use energy, the systems have processes in place to help them dispel that heat and protect the device. However, if you aren’t using the device as it should be or are keeping it in an environment that doesn’t give it enough space, the system may not be able to cool itself as well as it otherwise could.

Knowing this, you’re going to want to make sure that you don’t have anything too close to your system physically. If you have your system surrounded on all sides by walls or cases, these things might be blocking the vents and fans that help to keep the system cool. So especially on hot days, make sure your system has a few inches around it on all sides. 

Clean Your System Regularly

Another thing that can hinder your system from cooling itself normally is if the system is having to fight against dust and other debris serving as an insulator or causing the fans to not work as they should. Because of this, you’ll want to clean your system regularly so this dirt and dust doesn’t build up. 

Consider putting a reminder in your calendar to dust off all parts of your system that you can see, including around the ports and the fans or vents. This way, you’ll know that you’re doing everything you can to keep your system cool and functioning as intended. 

Don’t Use Your System On Soft Surfaces

For most electronic devices, they’re going to have a much easier time keeping cool when they’re used on a hard, solid surface. When used on a soft surface, even like your bed or your lap, heat can stay close to the device and cause your system to start over heating. Even as it uses fans to cool down, those fans may be blocked so the ventilation can’t get through. So to give your system the best shot at staying cool, make sure you don’t use the system on soft surfaces.  

If you want to ensure that you’re able to keep your gaming system cool this summer, consider implementing some of the tips mentioned above.

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