Avoid placing your computer in a carpeted room. Static from the carpet could damage the computer’s circuits. If you must keep the computer in a carpeted room, buy an antistatic mat.
- Occasionally wipe your keyboard with a clean, lint-free cloth. You can use an antistatic cleaning fluid if necessary, but spray it on the cloth, not on the keyboard.
- Electrical surges usually will not destroy a computer, but, they will wear them down and shorten the life of the equipment. A surge protector will prevent this. They also come in handy for organizing power cords and outlets.
- Air must circulate freely around the computer to avoid building up heat. Never block the slots that allow cooling air to circulate.
- Smoke, humidity, and dust can harm your computer. Try to keep the appliance clear of such conditions. Cover the keyboard, printer, and peripherals when not in use.
- Be sure to use three-prong electrical outlets for your computer. The three-prong plug grounds the equipment.
- When you buy a computer, check your homeowner’s insurance policy to find out if you’re covered if your computer is stolen or damaged
Do not vacuum any of the chips and other electronic components. Do not use any kind of liquid cleaner inside the computer. Compressed will thoroughly clean interior areas. Important points: Monitor height Neck strain caused by incorrect monitor height adjustment is something you really need to avoid. Sitting too height or too low down at your desk, can develop neck pain. Adjusting your monitor height is vital. Sit yourself comfortably in front of your computer and look straight ahead towards the screen. Adjust our monitor height until the top of the “screen” is level with your eye. Distance from the screen Being too close is not advisable when using computer screens. A safe distance needs to be maintained between you and your computer screen to avoid damaging your eyesight. You should maintain a minimum distance for prolonged use. Using your arm, pointing directly in front of you, with your fingers just touching the screen, is the ideal distance for safe viewing. Your Seating When sitting in the chair, you need to be at 45 degrees to other elements in your work area. Not only should the chair allow you to sit at 45 degrees to every other workspace element you also need adequate clearance between the back of your legs and the front of the seat. You should be able to fit approximately 3 of your fingers between the rear of your knee and the front of the seat. If this gap is not present you’re going to have the base of the chair seat continually digging into the back of your legs. This will be uncomfortable to say the least.
When dealing with cords, they always seem to get tangled. A good way for keeping cords out of the way is to run them behind or under the desk. Small, self-adhering clips that help guide and hold cords in place are available at office supply stores.
To manage many cords, use a piece of foam-tube pipe insulation to guide the cords. Simply nail or glue the pipe insulation along the desk, then stuff the cords into the insulation tube through a lengthwise slit cut along the tube Use a damp cloth to clean the screen of a computer monitor or television. As with all computer-cleaning situations, turn off the equipment first. Distilled water is good to use to dampen the cloth because it doesn’t contain small particles that can scratch the glass surfaces.
If your mouse sticks or just doesn’t move as well as it used to, it’s most likely just dirty. They are easy to clean.
- Turn the computer off and unplug the mouse.
- Turn the mouse over and open the housing that covers the ball by either twisting or sliding the retainer.
- Remove the ball and clean it with an electrical cleaner or simply with soap and water.
- Be sure that any cleaner you use doesn’t have any lubricant in it. Use a damp cotton swab to clean out dust inside the housing. You may actually need to use tweezers to pull dust out.
Keep Often-Used Items at Close Range Items you use daily belong on your desk. Your computer, pens, calendar, message pad and anything else that’s part of your daily routine can stay. Other items such as Scotch tape, stapler, calculator, writing paper and so on should be stored in your desk drawer — handy to get at, but not in the way when you don’t need them. Your lighting needs are important When setting up lighting for the home office, consider the layout of the room, including light from any windows and any other sources of ambient light. It is also important to consider the locations of any computer terminals, laptops, printers and other equipment, and then to place lighting fixtures accordingly. In some cases it will be possible to simply add on to the lighting that already exists in the room, while in other cases it may be best to start from scratch and redesign a lighting scheme that fits with the room’s role as a home office. As you set up the lighting in your home office, it is important to set up a comfortable work environment, one that is free of harsh contrasts and glare. Glare on computer monitors and other workspaces can cause serious eye strain and headaches, so it is important to position computer monitors accordingly, and to use anti-glare screens where necessary. Task lighting is important as well, and as the workspace is set up, it is a good idea to add task lighting for such important tasks as reading, writing and working on the computer. In addition, the light in the surrounding area should be bright enough to provide for a comfortable workspace, but not so bright as to create undue glare. It is important as well to consider the changing nature of light coming from outside during the course of the day, and to design lighting solutions accordingly. Task lighting can be provided by an assortment of adjustable desk lamps, as well as light bars mounted under cubicles or computer desks. The lamps should be positioned in such a way that they will not reflect on any computer screens, and it may be necessary to reposition the task lighting as the ambient light from outside the window begins to shift.