An essential tool to almost every industry nowadays, a computer, or in many cases a fleet of them, is a major investment for businesses. They assist with operating machinery, programming tools, designing, communicating, accounting, marketing, and even serve as a point of purchase. However, like cars, computers lose value as soon as you get them, meaning that to maximize on your investment, you’re going to want to get as much life out of them as possible.
How does one do that?
Let’s start with setting up your computer. Acknowledge that a computer is a machine that runs on power and therefore tends to heat up. At the same time, it is also sensitive to extreme temperatures and movement. Factor this into the decision of where to situate your computer, and if it’s a laptop that will move around, invest in a cooling pad that will keep the machine at its optimum temperature. When connecting your computer to power, invest in a surge protector that will protect the CPU during power surges which can occur during storms or other situations.
Sometimes we get so hung up on the software, bugs, viruses, and all, that we forget to care about the physical aspects of our computers. Dust and dirt can clog up the inner parts, causing the unit to overheat, and some parts might just give out due to wear and tear. Bring your computer in for a “check up” to your computer specialist, much like you would take your child to the dentist. He or she will take the unit apart, see if anything requires maintenance, clean up any potential clogging due to dust or other things, and put it back together. It might seem like an investment of time and money, but should make a significant difference to the lifespan of your device.
Keep the Bare Essentials
It’s easy to keep installing new programs and apps onto our computers as we come to need them. However, after a while, we will notice that our computers are cluttered with things that you hardly ever use. Take an hour every few months to uninstall and delete items that you don’t need stored on the hard drive of your computer. It will run faster and longer when it’s not being bogged down by unnecessary programs and data.
Protect Your Software
Though the internet is your connection to many programs, data, and the outside world, it’s also a door through which you can get negative things coming in like spam, viruses, and hackers. Invest in protection for your email and browsers, and get a filter that will catch all the bad stuff before it damages your computer. Inquire about a cloud based spam filtering that will not take up that much space on your hard drive, but will effectively filter out potentially harmful content.
Consider Buying a Warranty
Warranties can be expensive. However, when it comes to electronics like PCs and laptops, it can be a good investment. Many warranty plans include maintenance like cleaning, reformatting, and minor fixes, and often issue you a temporary replacement while your computer is in the shop. If your computer dies prematurely, the unit will be replaced without you having to go and spend money on getting a new one. Not all warranty programs are the same, so choose to buy one that makes sense to you.
It’s true that the resale value on computers is pitifully low, however, if you take care of them properly, you can get a lot of value out of them during their lifespan. Keep longevity in mind from when you first get your unit, and you might just be able to squeeze some extra “juice” out of these essential expenses.