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Is it okay to keep my computer near the window?

If you have limited space, you may have some concerns about leaving electronics near the window.

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Quick Answer: Generally, keeping your computer near a window is fine as long as it is not in direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the temperature inside your computer to rise, damaging the internal components. Keep it away from any moisture too.

When you create an office area to work from home, you’re often limited in where you can fit your desk. I mean, not everyone can custom-build their room, right?

That often means that the only place that you can fit the desk is near a window.

You might be worried that having your computer near that window could damage it, either with moisture in the air or heat from sunlight.

Maybe you’ve seen all the dust floating around in the air while rays of sunlight come in through the window?

Regardless, we’re here to answer some of these pressing questions.

So, can I keep my computer in front or near a window?

Short answer: Sure, but watch the forecast for rain if you have the window open.

Modern electronics are rated for use in high humidity, so unless you’ve condensing moisture around your computer, you’re fine to have it next to a window, even if it is open.

There are a few things to think about, though.

If direct sunlight is on the PC case, you’ll see higher operating temperatures than if it was shaded.

Bright light might make your mouse work erratically if it’s got an optical sensor. Oh, and the UV light could change the color of any plastic parts of your case.

Dust could also be an issue, so make sure your PC has filters on all fan intakes, and dust the inside with compressed air regularly, and you should be fine.

Yes, it’s bad to put a computer in front of a window

So there you have it; avoid placing your PC in front of a window.

And while you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to keep your computer away from sources of heat and moisture, such as radiators or humidifiers.

Maintaining a stable and consistent environment for your computer is important to ensure its proper functioning and longevity.

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