Are you wondering: “Should I turn off my computer every day?”
To shut down or leave your computer running has been up for debate for as long as the personal computer has been around. Many people leave their computers on for days or even weeks at a time, but is that really a smart choice? There are many benefits to shutting down your computer every day, let’s take a look at a few.
#1 – Extended Lifespan
Even if you use your computer throughout the day and every day, you can help extend the lifespan of your device by shutting down at the end of the night. While it’s true that every computer (both laptops and desktops) will eventually wear out and need to be repaired or replaced, certain parts are more sensitive to being left on for extended periods of time. For example, a laptop’s battery life will significantly shorten after about 300 charge cycles and an LCD panel only has around 15,000 hours (2 years) of use. Also, when a computer is on, it generates heat. Even as the fan runs, this heat is wearing down parts and shortening the life of the computer. For this reason, shutting down your computer after a day’s work could extend your device’s life by months or even years.
#2 – Improved Computer Performance
Have you ever left your computer on for days and noticed that it’s slowing down? It could be for many reasons including random programs hogging resources and fragmented files that are taking up extra processing power. A fresh reboot can help free up resources by shutting down unnecessary programs running in the background and discarding file fragments. Here are some other computer performance problems you may fix or avoid by shutting down every day:
#3 – Protection From Power Surges
When you leave your computer on 24/7, there’s always a chance that it can get damaged during a storm. Power surges can destroy your computer, cost you financially, and cause you to lose unsaved data or data that wasn’t backed up in the cloud. It’s important to note that while surge protectors will protect your computer from small spikes in electricity, they won’t protect you from large surges such as lightning strikes. And if there is a storm in the middle of the night, any computer left on is vulnerable.
#4 – Save Money
Running your computer non-stop is costing you money. If you’re running a conveyancing or legal business and you have four or five of laptops running non-stop this can quickly add up to some serious money. And if you’re running a desktop or laptops that consume more electricity, your costs can increase significantly.
But the cost of electricity isn’t the only concern you should have regarding computers that are left on non-stop. As we mentioned earlier, the cost for repairing or replacing equipment can quickly add up. And since it’s often more convenient to repair computers than replace them, you could end up not getting the longest possible lifespan from your devices.
#5 – Fewer Disruptions
If you’re like most people, your computer is set up to receive notifications. This can become a serious disruption if you’re not working on your computer and need to focus on something else. The noise from the computer can be a distraction when you’re trying think about an important matter, take a phone call, or even conduct a meeting in your office. By shutting down your computer when you know that you’re done with it for the day or at least for a few hours, you can help minimise the number of disruptions you have to endure during your workday.
#6 – Confidentiality
So far, we’ve discussed the technical benefits of shutting down your computer every day; but what about other benefits? As a lawyer or conveyancer, it’s important to protect the confidentiality of your client records and when you leave your computer running overnight or when you’re leaving for the day, there’s always a risk that someone can access those files. Confidentiality breaches are especially possible if you walk away from the computer without at least locking your screen with a strong password.
#7 – Schedule Your Shutdown
When you’re really busy, it’s easy to forget to shut down your computer. If you want to avoid putting the health of your system at risk even when you’re too busy to remember to shut down, you can schedule a shutdown.
Below are instructions for scheduling a computer shutdown for those people using Windows 10:
Once your computer shutdowns are scheduled, it should be easier to extend the life of your device by shutting it down every day.