If you want to keep your MacBook from overheating, it's important to consider what programs you're running and where you place your Mac. It's also essential to understand why your Mac might be overheating in the first place. Generally, this is because the processor is working too hard, such as when you have too many windows, applications, or tabs open. To prevent your Mac from getting too hot, the first step is to install AlDente Pro and activate heat protection.
This will stop the battery from charging if the temperature exceeds normal. It's critical that you don't ignore this step, as it can help protect your battery from degrading quickly. If your MacBook Air sounds like a hair dryer and feels like a grill, it's likely that the fans are doing their best to keep it cool. However, if they fail or if your MacBook Air doesn't have fans (like the M1 and M2 models), it could shut down unexpectedly.
It's also important to avoid using your Mac in direct sunlight, as this can cause it to overheat. Apple recommends that the ideal room temperature for your MacBook Air is between 50°F and 95°F (or 10°C and 35°C). If you're using an Apple silicone MacBook Air (with an M1 or M2 chip inside), then you don't have fans and can skip this step. For everyone else, you can find out how to put your fans to the test below. If your Mac overheats while gaming, check that the Mac's specifications match up with the game manufacturer's ideal gaming specifications.