The thumbnail version:

  • Many of us are experiencing heatwaves
  • Excessive heat can be bad for computers too

The full version:

According to RGC, a Scottish IT firm, an ideal operating temperature for most computer installations is 21°C. And while most can cope with higher temperatures than that, the higher the temperature, the more likely it is that problems will occur. Major problems are most likely when the ambient temperature around the equipment reaches 35ºC because the equipment’s built in cooling system will likely be unable to dissipate the heat fast enough.

Air conditioning or fans capable of moving cooler air around equipment are a good idea. Failing any way to keep the equipment cool, the next best option is to turn it off, particularly during the hottest periods of the day.

Losing some time during the hottest periods of the day may not be ideal, but it’s still better than losing your equipment.