Electronics vary in size, purpose and specifications, but they all need good maintenance to ensure that they last long and work efficiently. Further, failure to maintain electronics can lead to potentially dangerous circumstances. Here are a few tips to maintain the electronics in your home:

Television:

Treat your television screen the way you’d treat sunglasses. They can get scratched or smudged just as easily as your average lens. Cleaning or dusting the the screen using rough cloth often makes matters worse. Always use a soft cloth to wipe dust. You can add some very mild dish soap if the intent is to rid it of smudges, but lens cleaning fluid is an even better alternative. A good branded stabiliser will also protect your tv from damage due to voltage fluctuations.

Air Conditioners:

Neglecting maintenance of an Air Conditioning Unit’s Filter, coils and fins could lead to a rapid decline in performance, resulting in poor filtration and decreased effectiveness. Most air conditioners have easy-to-access filters that can be pulled out, dusted, and replaced on a monthly basis. Always use and inverter to protect your air conditioner from power surges as well. Like the TV, ACs need stabilisers, too. For best results, have the gases replaced every on an annual basis by the authorised service center.

Fans:

Dirt and dust on your fans leads to a restricted air flow. Further, this becomes a great place for dustmites to accumulate and spread into the room, causing breathing problems and allergies. A periodic dusting and wipe-down would result in the circulation of far cleaner and healthier air.

Refrigerators:

There must always be a 1ft breathing space between the refrigerator and the wall. A good stabiliser is a priority, as it will protect the volatile circuits from voltage fluctuations. Make sure the seals on the refrigerator doors are airtight so that the cool air doesn’t escape the fridge. An unopened refrigerator can keep food cold for upto 4 hours even when there is no power.

Smartphones:

The importance of smartphones in our daily life can not be overstated. They maximise productivity and simplify life to a large extent. An external case and screen guard are advisable to protect your device from physical damage. Disabling haptic feedback, typing sounds, and auto-brightness are also great ways to boost the speed of your device. Periodically clearing the phone’s memory will also maximise its performance. WiFi and Data connections can be turned off during sleeping hours. It is also generally advisable to turn off the phone for upto two hours a day to prevent overheating and increase its life. It is also generally not recommended to install apps from third party sources. It is generally recommended to charge the phone only once the battery level is below 20% for better battery life.

Laptops:

Like smartphones, laptops are portable computers that make us more productive. Occasionally dusting the screen and the gaps between the keys with a soft cloth will maintain the device’s body. Installing anti-viruses and clearing the memory boosts the laptop’s performance. The temp folder needs to be cleared periodically as well to improves speed. Always shut down the device if it is not going to be used for a period of more than 3 hours, and set your screen on low brightness to reduce damage to your eye. A keyboard skin and sleeve are recommended to protect the laptop from dust and accidental liquid spillage. Additionally, it is recommended to clean the DVD drive on a monthly basis to keep it in optimal condition.

Additionally, the general rule while storing electronics is to put them in the same boxes they were delivered in. If the original packing is unavailable, a sufficiently sized cardboard box or large plastic sheet are good alternatives. Consult the product manuals for further information specific to your model and brand. It is always advisable to consult a certified technician for other routine maintenance and repairs.

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