Dust covers for computers

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | Sustainability, Uncategorized

Does a dust cover for a piece of computer equipment serve a useful purpose?

You don’t notice how dusty computer rooms are until you look into a shaft of sunlight coming through the window.  The dust particles are so small that you won’t see them in normal light, but there are thousands – hundreds of thousands – of specks floating around.

Some schools are dustier than others.  In schools with old ceiling boards, dust particles are falling down all the time – just climb through the trap door and you will see how much dust is up there!  Schools near the sea battle against fine sea sand and some areas are prone to dust storms.

Dust is damaging to computers, data projectors and interactive whiteboards.  It makes sense to protect electronic tools against a buildup of dust when they are not in use, particularly at night, over weekends and during vacation periods.

Dust covers don’t have to be expensive – in fact a school may acquire them at no cost.  They are easy to manufacture and can be made of cheap plastic, vinyl or cloth.  Manufacturing dust covers is a worthwhile project for mothers and other community members – not only will they render the school a service, but the undertaking gives the community an opportunity to be involved in the computer facility of the school.  Covers can be obtained commercially if the skills or equipment to make them are not available locally – but first see if they can be produced by the community.

An added advantage of having dust covers in the computer facility – perhaps the greatest one – is that appreciation for the equipment is enhanced.  Learners are made aware of the value of technology and a feeling of I-am-responsible-to-care-for-precious-apparatus is engendered among them.

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8 Comments to Dust covers for computers

Clinton Walker
Thursday, 19 November, 2009

“enhances appreciation for the equipment” – this is perhaps the greater advantage of using any protective items for ones prized possessions. Often people are more concerned about the cost of acquiring items than the negative costs of NOT acquiring it. Take a helmet – consider the costs if not acquired (and something happens)

Mark C
Thursday, 19 November, 2009

Dust covers serve a purpose. The one thing that worries me is that computers require fans to cool them down. Many use a computer, shut it down and then cover them or the let a computer/monitor/ dataprojector run under a cover. What happens to that heat? The fans and heatsink in a computer cools the components down. Cool is what you want. Today businesses are thinking of putting farms of computers in areas where there is snow all year round. Also, the dust covers sometimes just lay around making the computer room look untidy. The dust cover-yes-but then it should be used properly after the computer has cooled down.

Pieter
Thursday, 19 November, 2009

The dust ON the computer is not the enemy, it is the dust that is sucked into the computer. Dust covers won’t help for this, it only protects the outside. And yes, dust covers are sometimes put over running computers – and this happens… No, we don’t worry about dust covers, but give the computers a good blow-out every year and a good inspection. Rather teach the children about the advantages and disadvantages of dust covers.

Charles
Friday, 20 November, 2009

While one may argue the pros and cons of dust covers, the dust remains! It is necessary to limit the amount of dust in the room in the first place and sealing windows and doors will go a long way to reducing the amount of dust in a computer lab.

Pieter
Friday, 20 November, 2009

Agree with Charles, air cons, sealed doors and windows and using vacuum cleaners does help a lot. This is the way a Computer Lab should be, but costs for some is a problem. But costs is always a problem, any good remedy and precaution does cost money. People involved setting-up a computer lab should take these factors in considiration.

Dereck Marnewick
Friday, 20 November, 2009

I think Charles makes a very wise statement. It is only when one appreciates the value of something that one bothers taking the neccessry care.

What about Khanya introducing a competition among the schools in this regard? It will heighten the awareness of a clean and tidy computer room.

ALBIE
Saturday, 21 November, 2009

Dust ! Ask me about it….. Whatever precautions are taken, the leaners and their SHOES, clothes and HANDS bring dust into the LAB + classroom. During wintertimes it is worse – shoes are wet and the mud gets dry after a while – alot of dust available for distribution.

Yes … maintenance on a DAILY basis should combat dust.

Albie the dustbin

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