For those of you that live local, summertime in Las Vegas, NV is no joke. It’s so hot sometimes I feel like we are in one of those movies where you’re trekking through sandy hills trying to just stay alive. As we take measures to keep cool this summer, we should also protect our electronics. After all, they provide us with hours and hours of fun! In this article, I will teach you 5 basic tips to keep your gadgets cool and working smoothly for the long run.
How to Keep your Home Theater Electronics Cool
#1 Give your electronics room to breathe.
Stacking gadgets on top of one another is a common mishap with entertainment centers. Each device has a venting system and the little fan inside of it is most likely working overtime when you are enjoying some relaxation. Seeping out of the vent is a lot of heat. As we are familiar, heat rises. If your apple tv is stacked on top of your gaming equipment and that’s on top of your DVD player, chances are there is some overheating happening. So words of advice to the wise: spread your equipment out about 2-3 inches apart and use shelves to stack your devices neatly. Double check all of the vents around each item are completely clear and not obstructing the airflow.
If your equipment is stored in an enclosed area, hot air tends to cycle through it making it hotter the longer it is running. Fans and cooling devices are great for areas where the ventilation is not available. Salamander A/V furniture is a brand we highly recommend for shelves and ventilation. It helps that they are really sweet home decor statement pieces too.
#2 Keep the sunlight from shining directly in on your gadgets.
It makes sense right? Direct sunlight has the potential cut the life span of your theater devices in half. It’s common to have the entertainment center in a well-lit room. Just monitor if the windows allow the sun to peer in and heat up your electronics. Sheer curtains help to ease the harsh sun. To take it a step further, you can strategically place the vents from the a/c to point in the direction they are.
To take it a step further, you can strategically place the air vents to point in the direction of your entertainment center.
#3 Dust your electronics often.
Ever wonder why your tv gets dusty so quick? Electric and magnetic fields from your TV, stereo, and receivers attract and draw dust in. When dust makes its way into your components, a swirling mob of dust bunnies dancing around the fan could trap heat inside rather than letting the heat escape easily. If you do a little cleaning this can significantly prevent overheating and make your electronics last much longer.
#4 Power Down when not around.
There’s no need to keep your electronics running 24/7. Powering the TV or Projector down will help keep the house cooler and save the lifespan of your expensive equipment.
#5 Know the signs of overheating.
Lastly, if you sense something is wrong with your electronics such as too hot to touch or the fan is extra loud, shut them down immediately and disconnect the power source. Each device has a built in cooling protocol. Just allow them to cool down completely before powering up again.
So, that’s it! Common sense right? Hope this helps and you learned something new today. Try to make these little changes to assist your home theater in providing many years of enjoyment to come! Keep cool but keep your electronics cooler! Visit our website or call to learn more about how we can help with many solutions to solve heat issues including fans, cabinet coolers, ventilation products & more.