How To Make A $454 Homemade Air Conditioner For About $15. This Is Totally Awesome, And So Easy To Make!

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    If  you’ve ever had your power go out on one of those hot summer days you know just how important keeping cool can be. Seems every year people die due to heat. Keeping your home cool in the summer can be very expensive if you use your air conditioner. This air conditioner is very simple to make, and can be made in a few minutes if your are handy.

    Even if you are not handy you’ll be able to make one of these DIY air conditioners. One of the nice things about this air conditioner is that it will give you up to 6 hours of coolness. This thing works so well you may need to put on a sweatshirt! To make one of these babies you need a few simple tools, a couple of 5 gallon buckets, along with a few other items. Everything is shown in the video. Please see *NOTE below the video.


    Please see our new post titled: 5 Easy To Make Homemade Air Conditioners That Will Save You $200 Per Month On Your AC Bill and Keep You Frosty Cool All Summer   This will answer most questions that come up about the video you just watched, plus show you 4 other really easy to make air conditioners. Simply click on the blue link above to be taken to that page.

    With the hot summer months approaching we thought this article about heat stroke might come in handy.

    Heat Stroke: Symptoms and Treatment

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    Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke — also known as sunstroke — you should call 911 immediately and render first aid until paramedics arrive.

    Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.

    Heat stroke often occurs as a progression from milder heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting), and heat exhaustion. But it can strike even if you have no previous signs of heat injury.

    Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures — usually in combination with dehydration — which leads to failure of the body’s temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 105 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

    Symptoms of Heat Stroke

    The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.

    Other symptoms may include:

    • Throbbing headache
    • Dizziness and light-headedness
    • Lack of sweating despite the heat
    • Red, hot, and dry skin
    • Muscle weakness or cramps
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
    • Rapid, shallow breathing
    • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
    • Seizures
    • Unconsciousness


    First Aid for Heat Stroke

    If you suspect that someone has a heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital. Any delay seeking medical help can be fatal.

    While waiting for the paramedics to arrive, initiate first aid. Move the person to an air-conditioned environment — or at least a cool, shady area — and remove any unnecessary clothing.

    If possible, take the person’s core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If no thermometers are available, don’t hesitate to initiate first aid.

    You may also try these cooling strategies:

    • Fan air over the patient while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
    • Apply ice packs to the patient’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
    • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.

    If emergency response is delayed, call the hospital emergency room for additional instructions.

    After you’ve recovered from heat stroke, you’ll probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following week. So it’s best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise until your doctor tells you that it’s safe to resume your normal activities.

    The Good Survivalist

    404 Comments to How To Make A $454 Homemade Air Conditioner For About $15. This Is Totally Awesome, And So Easy To Make!

    1. Joe Petritis

      I love this idea Have a in ground pool Set it up outside keep me cool and my beer, suck it people.

    2. Just use a styrofoam cooler and put the ice in that. It’s cheaper and does the same thing. Plus, it’s much easier to cut.

    3. The styrofoam inserts are not available in most stores anymore. They have been replaced with plastic ones and I am not sure if it would alter the effectiveness of the idea.

    4. Steve Booth

      One thing that is completely missing, I believe, from the video, and is super critical (obviously), is that in order for this to work, you need to POUR WATER in the pail. It works through evaporative cooling. Doing this without water will have no effect at all.

    5. Assuming you get your ice from your refrigerator, then this will not yield any net energy change. It’s a closed system, your basically just using electricity to move heat from the living room to the kitchen. Maybe if you routed your refrigerator’s condenser coils to the exterior, then you would be actually removing heat from the space.
      If you want to use it as an AC, installing a condensate drain at the bottom of the bucket would give better dehumidification. And I suppose it could be used as a swamp cooler if you just put ice directly in the bucket (rather than in a sealed jug).

    6. “If you’ve ever had your power go out on one of those hot summer days…”

      how will I power the desk fan with no electricity

    7. This seems cool but should mention some basic physics. It takes energy to cool the ice, cooling ice means removing heat from it. Your home freezer does not make cold, it removes heat from. The heat it removes will be dissipated into your home. If you use your home freezer to freeze the ice, doing this will have an overall heating effect on your home. If you need to keep an animal cool in another location or get ice from someplace else, the ice in this thing will absorb heat from the air flowing past it until it is the same temperature as outside resulting in coolness for a while but the initial coolness will warm up as the difference between the ice and the air gets smaller. I would not trust this to keep a pet or child alive unsupervised. Be safe and don’t use this in the same building as the freezer that froze the ice it will be wholly inefficient.

    8. Liz Kleine

      That is totally awesome! I wonder if that could be setup as a cooler in a car to keep the dog safe on a hot day when the engine is off? Maybe a smaller solar rig could go on the roof.

    9. Tina Starre

      ok first of all does anyone even realize it starts off with “If you’ve ever had your power go out on one of those hot summer days …” Then shows a video of a electric fan as soon as the video comes on?… or am I the only one that sees the connection here?

    10. You probably ought to re-write the article because if the power goes out you wouldn’t be able to use this clever AC since you need power to run the fan. Now when the AC goes out, then I’ll be all over this little gem.

    11. Hey Im loving this idea. Cant beat around $15 exp when the ACs are like $100…damn. Anyhow thank you for this…just brilliant. I coudlnt find the liner online tho only has the 2gal one that dont look like that one…guess ill have to look in store when i get the money :) Thanks again!

    12. diana beynon

      did i miss the beginning? what is it that you put inside? the video i watched showed how to make the bucket but not what is inside. please let me know. thank you very interested to give this a try

    13. Skeeter Lubidowicz

      I LOVE this! I can see this being a great help keeping my kids (and me) cool during those oppressively long, hot swim-meet Saturdays. You know the ones… where you get up at 5:00am on a Summer Saturday and the temperature is already 85 with a forecast calling for lots of sun. Every little bit of cooling helps!

      Thanks SO much for sharing this! I’m going to go buy the materials today and get it ready. Swim season is right around the corner, you know.

      P.S. Those silver streamers will add a festive touch.

      P.P.S. Can you invent an automatic Bloody Mary maker?

    14. Great idea for our attic room, but one question? You state if your this would be a great alternative if your power goes out, but you use a fan that requires electricity? No electric no fan, unless you have a back up generator.

    15. Between the solar panel kit and the fan, are you using a DC to AC converter at all, or is the fan the type that takes DC? Thanks -

    16. So, where are you supposed to get ice in a survival situation. I can see this working well in a garage or something; somewhere you don’t normally have AC. I can also see this working if you just happen to have a frozen gallon of water sitting in your freezer for short term power outages. However, I can not see this being applicable during a long term home survival situation.

    17. I dont think you really need ice. The evaporation process itself removes the excess heat and cools the air down. I havent really noticed a big difference using ice.

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