Where to put your computer and why?

Photo Credits : DepositPhotos

Modern cases are not flat at the bottom but have feet that lift them and allow air to flow from the underside of the case. In addition, most enclosures have fans that blow hot air out of the enclosure, and on some, you can find fans that inject cold air inside from the front or bottom.


If you put the case on a carpet, especially thick, there is a great chance that you will block one part of the airflow, which is especially inconvenient for cases that are made to draw in fresh air from the bottom. Also, many cases move the power supply from the top to the bottom, mainly so that the fan for cold air intake is turned downwards. We don’t need to tell you what happens if the key component that powers the computer overheats.

If you put the case directly on the floor, without carpets, it can be the same as standing on a table. Even if you have a carpet, it is enough to place a flat board or shelf under the housing, so that the housing has a good airflow, and everything will be fine. It may not look nice, but your computer will be grateful.


Unfortunately, if your case is on the floor, dust, hair and dirt that will inevitably accumulate on the floor will accumulate. Fans that draw air into the case, with fresh air, also draw in dirt and other impurities, which usually stay inside.

All these impurities accumulate on the fans and other openings of the case, preventing good enough air circulation, which inevitably leads to greater heating of the computer. Realistically speaking, this also happens when your computer is on your desk, but it is much more pronounced on the floor, especially if you tuck the case into a corner of the room or behind a desk.

Ask yourself, how often do you vacuum around your computer, cables, and where your computer is? Some housings have protective nets that are a physical barrier to dust, but to some extent also to air circulation. They are generally easy to remove, washable and easy to install, but in addition, it is necessary to clean the housing from dust from time to time.

Besides dust, there is not much reason not to keep the case on the floor

Blocking airflow and accumulating dust can cause your computer to overheat, and that’s essentially the only reason you shouldn’t keep your desktop case on the floor. If you regularly clean the area around the case and remember to blow air out of your computer at least once a year, you don’t have to worry much about your computer being on the floor.

The good thing about putting the case on the floor is that you will free up space on the table, and you don’t have to worry that your child will accidentally knock it off the table and make a mess or get injured. Of course, if the case is on the floor, there is always a chance that you will spill a cup of coffee or juice on it, so everything should be considered before you decide on the perfect position.

It also depends on the type of computer

What we do not recommend, especially with stronger configurations, is to put the case in a table and spaces that have limited air flow, because that will only increase the heating and reduce the life of the computer components. On the other hand, if you have a small, modern, mostly integrated system that does not heat up much, the location should be chosen according to other factors – appearance, the location where the cables do not bother too much.