Heat and technology don’t mix. We’re talking about things like PCs, servers, and everything inside of them. Many manufacturers try to make sure the heat generated by hardware has a way to escape, but it’s not always enough. And what about heat from the outside? This is where problems can get out of control.

Right now, we’re in the dog days of summer. The temperatures are high, and air conditioners are running at total capacity to keep us cool. But, unfortunately, as you run your business, your technology is also generating heat. If it can’t stay calm, the result can be disastrous.

Why Every Business Should Take Heat Seriously

Smaller devices like laptops, tablets, and more compact desktop computers are especially susceptible to heat damage simply because they are not as efficient at removing heat internally. As they heat up, their performance degrades. If they get hot enough, they can cause irreparable damage. Most devices will automatically shut down if they get too hot – you want to avoid getting to that point as much as you can.

Overheating can also cause damage to specific components. For example, there have been reports of graphics cards catching on fire due to heat and heat-caused electrical issues. Heat can also destroy CPUs. While CPUs are designed to withstand the high temperatures created by processing data, they have their limits. If the computer is forced to overwork as it tries to stay calm, the result can be a melted CPU!

To make matters worse, as heat intrudes on your devices, they will struggle to function correctly. For example, you may notice slowdowns when using your laptop. Programs may take forever to load and even freeze, leaving you without a way to work!

For any business, this can be devastating. When dealing with clients and customers, the last thing you need is for your systems to fail. Suddenly, productivity falls through the floor, and you’re left scrambling as you figure out what to do next. It can bring your business to a standstill.

But it doesn’t end there! If your systems overheat – either due to internal issues (such as inadequate heat dissipation), external problems (summer temperatures), or a combination of both – you could lose valuable data. Heat is a common cause of data loss. Heat can damage hard drives and solid-state disk drives. That data may be lost forever if you don’t have an off-site backup (local or cloud-based).

And if you lose that data, getting your business back up and running can be incredibly costly. So it’s not only data loss but also time and money lost. It can be as devastating as a data breach or cyber-attack and leave you with few options.

What Can You Do?

First, it’s essential to assess your cooling needs. Does your business have adequate air conditioning? If you have a data or server room, does that have sufficient air conditioning? Next, look at individual devices – do they have adequate cooling or need to be supplemented?

Second, assess your data security needs. For example, do you keep all of your data on-site? Do you have a contingency plan, and is your data compromised? Do you regularly back up your data?

There are a lot of questions to consider, but they’re all important. Your data and the health of your business are a top priority. If you have questions about your technology cooling needs – as well as data protection and backup – consider partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) or an experienced IT services firm. They can help you solve all these problems and get you through the dog days of summer like it’s nothing!