Should I care about dust?

fedecape

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 23, 2011
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Miami, FL
Hello guys

I have carpet in my room, and whenever I walk I can see millions of dust particles flying around. I usually clean my desk every morning, as dust accumulates during the night.

I connect my MBA (Signature) to a 24 inch display, and I tend leave the computer with the lid open for better cooling. The problem is that after a few hours, dust accumulates on the keyboard. I do some moderate gaming and video editing, and with the fan spinning at max RPM I'm sure it's sucking all that dirt.

Should I be worried about it? I thought about those air blowers. I can just 'spray' some air, but I don't know if that can damage the electronics inside.

Thank you
 

Steve121178

macrumors 603
Apr 13, 2010
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You don't need to do any of that and taking apart your computer every six months is insane.

Just live in a cleaner environment! If your carpet is kicking up a load of dust then your computer is the last thing to worry about. You are breathing that dust and dirt in with each breath you take. Get rid of the cheap carpet.
 

keysofanxiety

macrumors G3
Nov 23, 2011
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25,261
Yes.

I remove the fans of my MBP every six months and clean the fans and other fan-related parts with a soft toothbrush. Do not use compressed air!

The temperature of the processor/GPU drops after the cleaning and the MBP runs much quiter than before.
:eek: With the greatest of respect, that's overkill and completely unnecessary. Macs have the best thermal displacement I've ever seen in a portable. Plus they don't really get clogged. As a poster above mentioned, if you're getting a lot of dust on your fans it's likely to be related to your environment.
 

scaredpoet

macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
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Does the Mac even draw air?
It does, constantly when on, just very quietly under most circumstances. If you put it through its paces (like, converting a video, or processing a lot of image files) then the fans kick up to high RPM and you can hear it.
 

JohnLT13

macrumors 6502a
Dec 9, 2012
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It does, constantly when on, just very quietly under most circumstances. If you put it through its paces (like, converting a video, or processing a lot of image files) then the fans kick up to high RPM and you can hear it.
I guess i don't put my MBA to the test much as I never hear the fan. I was wondering more if the fan blows hot air out only or if it had an inlet and outlet. I imagine they are at the hinge area as I don't see any other areas they could be on my MBA.
 

bully worm

macrumors regular
Sep 17, 2009
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I don't know about you but I actually use my Craftsman leaf blower twice a month to get rid of dust in my Air.


Srs.
 
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