How to Control the Temperature of Your Laptop

Laptops need an ideal temperature to perform optimally. We discuss some ways to monitor the laptop temperature including CPU, motherboard and hard drive and how to lower the temperature when it’s getting hot.

A laptop is supposed to be used and placed at our lap but it becomes really difficult at times to use it because of the overheating. If you are facing the same situation or if your system shuts down frequently (with no apparent reason), the most apparent reason is the laptop heating issue. Laptops are notorious for excessive heating. There are various reasons

Why Does my Laptop Get Hot?

Allow us to talk a little about the various factors which can heat up your system and quick solutions to combat the excessive heat.

Blocked Air Vents

Heat generation is a consequence of the way we design CPU chips for laptops. However, to avoid over heating air vents have been provided so that the air can flow through them and help the laptop to release the heat. These air vents may get blocked due to dust particles and affect the cooling system of your laptop.

Solution: Use canned air to blow air and unblock the air vents. Clean your laptop regularly.

High Performance Power Plan

High performance requires components to run at higher speeds which results in increased heat generation. Maybe you need your system to perform exceptionally for some time and you set it to High Performance, which is increasing the laptop temperature.

Solution: By default, the computers are set to Balanced Mode so it is recommended to switch back after you have completed your task. This will activate the System Cooling Policy and your laptop will stay safe from being overheated.

Frequent Use of Intense Processes

Running the intense processes or applications also affects the temperature of your computer. When you run heavy computer games and video encoding programs, they require a lot of juice from your CPU. Similarly, flash videos are also heavy on CPU.

Solution: Keep CPU intensive processes to minimum or run one at a time. You may prefer sitting in a cold environment, when extracting the maximum from your CPU.

How do I Monitor The Temperature of Laptop?

All these facts leads us to the need of monitoring the temperature of our laptop. CoreTemp and SpeedFan are the freeware that can serve this job.


SpeedFan is a lightweight application that tracks the temperature of your laptop with explicit information about each core. The good point about Speed Fan is that, it displays the temperature in the system tray as well. So, you don’t need to switch or run the entire application again and again. Speed Fan is able to change the Fan Speeds with the changing temperature of your laptop.

Analysis by Speed Fan


CoreTemp is another software to monitor the laptop temperature with detailed information. You can customize the settings and change the temperature polling intervals. You can also add the parameters to be monitored like CPU workload.

Core Temp temperature analyzer

How do I keep my laptop cool

Besides this, there are some other safety measures which should be adapted by laptop users to avoid any kind of problem because of the increased temperature.

Use Lap Desk

Use lap desk or any other fan stand, while using your laptop, which can keep it a little up from the surface and ease the air flow.

Sit in a Cold Environment

Try to sit in an environment with suitable temperature so that your laptop stays cool.

Use Temperature Control Software

Some laptops come with built-in temperature control software. These software safely shutdown the system, whenever the system passes a threshold temperature which could damage the system. Some free software are also available to control the laptop temperature and fans ( as discussed above).

Activate the Laptop Fan

Another safety measure is to make sure that the system cooling policy, provided by the manufacturers, is activated when you are using laptop. To adjust the settings:

  • Go to Control Panel –> All Control Panel Items –> Power Options –> Edit Plan Settings.
  • Select a power plan e.g., Power Saver.
  • Scroll down and expand ‘Processor Power Management’.
  • Select ‘System Cooling Policy’ as Active on Plugged in.

Control Laptop Fan


We hope these tweaks will enable you to monitor your laptop heating and temperatures and prevent any overheating problems. Your comments are always welcome!