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How to Protect Your Technology in a Heat Wave

We hope you are all having a great week so far, despite the heat wave in parts of Canada and the U.S.. With that being said, it\’s important to protect our technology from the heat and ensure we have a plan in place!
There are a few questions to ask yourselves…
1. Does my computer have proper ventilation, and has any dust been cleared out in the past few months?
If you have a desktop computer, it\’s important to open up the side of the case every few months and use a compressed can of air to blow out the dust, and ensure the fans are spinning, and that no capacitors are leaking (small thin round knobs on the motherboard). If you have a laptop, ensure the fans are working and that it has proper air flow. A USB-powered cooling pad is a worthwhile investment.
If you\’re not comfortable doing this yourself, or simply don\’t have the time, a Nerd can do this for you.
2. Do I have a data backup plan in place?
All technology will eventually fail, and we all want to avoid frantic panics. It will never happen at a convenient time, and added stress from a heat wave can cause technology to fail. If your data backup plan consists of using a DVD, CD, or flash drive, it likely hasn\’t been backed up in weeks, if not months. Why? It\’s tedious and no one really wants to do it. Having an automated plan in place using an external hard drive AND off-site backup is crucial!
A Nerd can set you up with a backup strategy best suited to your particular needs, one that is simple yet effective.
3. How old is your computer?
Times are tough, and no one wants to spend money on a new computer until they absolutely have to. This can unfortunately lead to systems that are 5+ years old, but are used literally every day, which puts added stress on them, especially during heat waves, since older hardware suffers from wear and tear and isn\’t as efficient as newer hardware. If the upfront cost of a new computer is too much, Nerds On Site offers leasing options that are much more affordable. A new system will boost productivity, and reduce user frustration.
4. Is your technology protected against power outages or surges?
Any heat wave is always accompanied by increased demand for power for air conditioners and fans, and other devices. This can put a lot of added stress on the electrical grid, which can mean rolling blackouts and unexpected power outages or surges.
It\’s critical to protect your systems with a surge protector at the junction boxes, and a UPS for each workstation and server. These will protect against surges and gently power down systems when the power suddenly goes out, and will also allow for users to finish up their work and save any documents they are working on.
Nerds On Site can do a proper Needs Assessment to determine the need for added UPS units on your network, and install them and test them to ensure they are working properly.

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