Is it safe to use a hair dryer to ward off dust in my computer?

Hair Dryer - Can i use use this to ward off dust in my computer or will it fry my system?
@modstar (9608)
Philippines
December 19, 2008 8:29pm CST
Will it not damage the circuit or something inside my computer? I live in a dusty area and it's pretty hard to keep dust away from my computer's cpu so i need something that's easily available to ward off dust to prevent damages.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I wouldn't if I was you but then I don't know much about it. I got that stuff in the can that blows dust off key boards and stuff. Have a good day. Your friend onlydia
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@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
21 Dec 08
Ok, so can i have that stuff? hehe lol!
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Yeah you can have it as the can gets really cold if you use it to long. I have to use it again on my key board. You have to come get it.and it is like -30 here right now with the wind chill.
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@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
hair dryer? i dont think it pick up dust underneath your computer. and besides theres a portable vacuum cleaner on the market why dont you buy for your computer. and oh yeah theres a mini vacuum computer that can be plug in to your usb jack its smaller than usual vacuum cleaner you should try it. its cheaper than regular size vacuum cleaner. mine i bought it for only P2900 very expensive i guess for small vacuum cleaner.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
22 Dec 08
That's very expensive! I could buy a decent computer parts with that price! By the way, how am i supposed to use the USB vaccum if i will be using it on my computer? I won't get electrocuted with that right?
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@carinio98 (2935)
• Philippines
22 Dec 08
you can only used it when your computer are running. so its only a external vacuum cleaner you cant used it inside your computer u will really electrocuted and can damage your pc system.
• United States
20 Dec 08
As long as you have a hair dryer that has a setting for "cool" I wouldn't reccomend applying heat to any part of your PC. I just buy the canned air. It sounds stupid, but its safe.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
20 Dec 08
I have heard of people using canned air to clean their computers so i guess it doesn't sound stupid at all. "cool" setting means cold air or less heat?
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@lkbooi (16100)
• Malaysia
24 Dec 08
Hi modstar, there is a heavy traffic road right in front of my house. Though there are trees and some other small plants as well as the small green lawn in my front courtyards, the disgusting dust still flies in my house and makes all the stuffs inside dusty. I try to cover my desktop, keyboard as well as the cpu with a piece of cloth before leaving them. This really could keep them away from the nasty dust. Though there is still some dust stick on them while I’m using the computer. I usually use the vacuum cleaner to suck away the dust on the keyboard and the outer parts of all these devices, and then wipe with a piece of wet cloth once in a while. I haven’t tried to clean them with a hair dryer to remove the dust in the cpu before. I’m scared that the hot wind from it might cause damage to the stuffs there. posting and Merry Christmas!
@savak03 (6677)
• United States
23 Dec 08
Using some form of compressed air to blow the dust out of your computer is definitely a good habit but I would not have considered a hair dryer for this. I would worry that the heat from the hairdryer would damage some of the delicate circuits. I guess if you could turn the heat off and just have it blowing air that might work. It's something to think about anyway.
@SomeCowgirl (32256)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I am not really sure but I would recommend it. If you have such thing where you live, Canned Air is the best. It's a canned air (well, duh, right?) and it helps keep dust off the CPU. Turn the Computer off, open the side of your CPU, and spray it on the fan of the computer. I would try to search about it online though as I know that is not the complete directions to assure your computer stays safe. I hope you have a wonderful day today and always! Good Luck To you on mylotting!
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Personally I wouldn't use a hair dryer to dust off my computer. I use the compressed air in a can. You can find it at office supply stores or in general merchandise stores. It is really not that expensive and lasts a really long time. I think the heat from a hair dryer might damage your circuits, etc. or cause static electricity in your computer. Be careful. Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
• India
21 Dec 08
yeah but there is also the risk of static persoanlly i wont use that happy lotting and have a nice day
• United Kingdom
20 Dec 08
I personally would not do this. There is the potential to damage something inside your pc. A hair dryer blows out hot air and this would definitely be counter productive to your pc. Everything needs to remain cool inside. What I would do is get yourself a can of compressed air and blow the dust out that way. There are also anti-static vacuum cleaners which are specifically for this purpose. Good luck. Also, if you are going inside your pc to do preventive maintenance, removing dust and so forth, get yourself an ESD bracelet or a ground bracelet so that your computer is protected from Electro Static Discharge. Good luck. Andrew
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
20 Dec 08
If it's got a cold setting it should be ok but I wouldn't use it hot. I think that could damage something. It may not if you use it just a minute but I wouldn't chance it with the heat setting.
• China
20 Dec 08
It's ok as long as your hair dryer has a setting for "cool". Tht cool air will not do damages to your computer for I have done that before and my computer works well until now! Happy mylotting!
@MizzLadyB08 (1174)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I do not think that will be a good idea. If I am not mistaking I think that they have something made for computers that does that.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
20 Dec 08
I would think it would be okay as long as you have a hair dryer that has the "cool" setting on it.