In this modern world that you live in, electronic appliances and gadgets have become something that you cannot live without. Majority of the homes of today even have their own personal computers as well as in internet connection. There is no denying how much simpler the lives of people have become with the existence of these electronic appliances and gadgets.
They have even become sources of comfort, knowledge, and entertainment among people. However, they can be huge investments to make if you want to purchase high-quality electronic products. Moreover, having your electronic products repaired or replaced can even cost you more. But then, there are still a lot of people who do not care at all what happens to these investments. They fail to protect and extend the operational life of their products.
Generally, there are three mechanisms known to damage electronic devices and appliances. These mechanisms damage them either by completely destroying them or reducing their operational life. They include heat, electrical spike/surge events, and electrical noise. This article will focus more on heat and will discuss how it damages your electronic devices. Furthermore, it will give you some effective tips to reduce the damaging effects of heat on your electronics.
How heat damages your electronics
Heat is essential to electronics. All electronic systems are capable of generating heat. These systems accept electrical power (voltage and current) from a power line (i.e., the electrical outlet). Electronic systems must use a certain portion of this power for them to work. What is left with this power will then be converted into heat.
Despite heat being important to electronic systems, they can also become damaging to them. According to electronics experts, just by raising the operating temperature of your electronics by 10 degrees Celsius, you are already reducing by 50% the operating life of your device. With these numbers in mind, heat surely has a huge impact on your electronic devices.
What to do about heat in your electronics
As mentioned above, all electronic devices generate heat. You can never prevent a hundred percent the heat from destroying your gadgets when in fact this is the reason why your electronic devices also work. However, there are some preventive measures that you can do to reduce the damaging effects of heat on your electronics. Basically, you can either remove as quickly the heat from your electronics as it is generated or do certain things that will prevent your electronics from generating too much heat.
How to remove heat from your electronics:
– Use of built-in fans to blow heat away from your electronics and keep them cool
– Vents that provide a route of exit for heat in your electrical systems
– Keep away items such as papers, dust, and books from blocking your vents.
– Do not position the back end of your electronic systems against your entertainment cabinet or wall.
– Make sure to have enough space between vents for sufficient heat removal.
– Have your electrical appliances regularly serviced or maintained.
– Ensure that the fans inside of your electronic systems are working.
Use a transient voltage surge suppressor (TVSS) component for effective reduction of the levels of electrical current. Lowering the electrical current then reduces the amount of heat that is generated from your electronic systems.