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

homemade air conditioner

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.  Continue on to the the next page now for the simple step by step instructions. 

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  1. iceblaster

    April 23, 2014 at 12:45 am

    btw its carbon monoxide thats bad for you not carbon dioxide.. carbon dioxide is what gives soda its fizz. carbon monoxide is a tasteless odorless deadly gas.

  2. Chris

    April 23, 2014 at 2:10 am

    If you’re an idiot who likes to waste electricity go for it…

    You do realise your freezer heats your house up more than it cools the water so you will make your home hotter doing this…

    So options are use freezer in the garage which is significantly less efficient and energy consuming being its in a hotter environment or buy ice, which would be annoying and expensive, over $200 a month to only have it running during daylight hours, and thats only the ice cost, not gas to have to get ice every day.

    This is stupid…
    Very very stupid…

    • Zack

      May 15, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      You do realize that you still use your freezer regardless that was a pretty moronic comment dumbass

      • Dylan

        May 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        Actually, Chris is right. Your freezer or fridge just moves heat out of one area (the inside of the fridge) to the outside (the kitchen). That’s why you can’t cool your house by opening the freezer door, although it may feel cooler standing just in front of it until things equalize.

        Your air conditioner works the same way, which is why there’s a big heat exchanger OUTSIDE your house (the big square thing with the noisy fan).

        Swamp coolers work on a totally different principle. It takes heat (energy) to raise the temperature of water, but it takes a HUGE amount of heat to take it that that last bump from water to gas. Hence, evaporating water cools down the air. This is why sweating works to keep you cool. You’re not getting something for free though; the water evaporates, so it costs you water plus the electricity to drive the fan. Also, swamp coolers are only efficient when the air coming into them is dry. If the air is already wet, it can’t evaporate much water, and doesn’t get cooled down as much.

    • Deb

      July 2, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      If you use a freezer anyway this is a great way to get some additional cooling without a lot of extra cost. The idea is to use this where you need a little more cooling without using an air conditioner. If people want to do this then I say go for it! I have a utility room that’s not air conditioned so I grab a frozen milk carton to sit in front of my fan while I’m in there on hot days. I really don’t understand why people have to get nasty in a comment on here!

  3. Tim Mitchell

    April 23, 2014 at 2:14 am

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS NOT AN AIR CONDITIONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ok STOP telling people it’s an air conditioner, it is an EVAPRATIVE COOLER ( SWAMP COOLER). An A/C unit blows cold air AND removes humidity from the air. A swamp cooler blows cool air and ADDS moisture into the air, thus making it worse over time. In the south east this could be really bad. swamp coolers also ( as they are used in most restaurants) allow bugs to get in the water and be blown into the space.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THIS IS NOT AN AIR CONDITIONER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • cori

      August 1, 2015 at 5:50 am

      This doesn’t exactly work the same as a swamp cooler (which I used a lot when I lived in southern California for six years). There is next to no evaporation effect doing this. All water is stored in a container. You do get some condensation however from the outside of the container. The same as you get from a cold drink in a glass. I currently live in Michigan and have zero problems with any extra moisture and we for.sure have a ton of humidity here…

  4. natraw

    April 23, 2014 at 5:32 am

    To all..I believe this was posted for emergency Type cooling. EMERGENCY LIKE. There is no
    Power or your ac unit broke and you are in a place thats hot and you need a fast temp cooling means!
    This was a great idea thanks for sharing it

  5. Colleen

    April 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “Whaaaa! This is not an air conditioner!” “Whaaaaa! It’s only going to add humidity to the air!”
    Who cares, you negative Nancy’s. It’s a cool (lol) and fun idea. If you don’t like it, you can keep scrolling…

  6. Joe Petritis

    April 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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

  7. John

    April 23, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    What kind of liner is that and where do I get one?

    • thegoodsurvivalis

      April 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      It’s a styrofoam liner available at most hardware store like
      a Home Depot.

      • susie

        April 24, 2014 at 3:29 pm

        Home Depot no longer carries these, is there any other place i can pick up the liner? I live in Phoenix, AZ

    • Josh hoover

      April 24, 2014 at 4:29 am

      They make a camo Budweiser one that would be perfect liner included

  8. Mike

    April 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    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.

  9. Janie

    April 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    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.

  10. Steve Booth

    April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    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.

  11. Christoph

    April 24, 2014 at 12:22 am

    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).

  12. dutch

    April 24, 2014 at 2:06 am

    “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

  13. Patricia

    April 24, 2014 at 2:07 am

    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.

  14. T

    April 24, 2014 at 3:39 am

    What size fan did you use.

  15. Liz Kleine

    April 24, 2014 at 4:51 am

    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.

  16. K. Roe Buy

    April 24, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Just don’t use one of those cheap-crap Chinese fans that bust after a few months. . . 😀

  17. The Noob

    April 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Does this homemade air conditioner increase humidity? Is this safe for asthmatics?

  18. Tina Starre

    April 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    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?

  19. Sue

    April 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    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.

  20. bobo

    April 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What about using Dry Ice

  21. Julie h.

    April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Anyone know where to get and the cost of the solar panel thing he was using ?

    • StevetotheH

      May 30, 2015 at 12:55 am

      Harbor Freight

  22. Tim

    April 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Where did you get the portable solar panel?

  23. Jason

    April 24, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    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!

  24. William

    April 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Where did u buy solar?

  25. diana beynon

    April 24, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    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

    • Zack

      May 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      It is a Styrofoam bucket liner you can get at any hardware/home improvement store

  26. Lisa

    April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    What tool are you using to make the holes in the bucket and liner?

  27. Skeeter Lubidowicz

    April 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    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?

  28. tanya

    April 24, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    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.

  29. Mack

    April 24, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Is dry ice an option?

  30. Greg

    April 25, 2014 at 12:42 am

    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 –

  31. Marissa

    April 25, 2014 at 12:43 am

    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.

  32. Andrew

    January 20, 2015 at 11:37 am

    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.

  33. Sam

    March 2, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    If you watch the entire video he shows the fan is solar powered.

  34. sanket

    March 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    hey i m not getting the styrofoam liner so can i use thermocol

  35. Mauri

    April 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    He also showed it was connected to a 12 watt solar panel.

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  38. Chuck

    June 5, 2015 at 1:22 am

    So as far as cost is concerned would this be more “cost efficient” if my choice of frozen water was used in my deep freeze in my garage instead of the normal freezer in the kitchen? Would that be a more costly way of dealing with the added heat issue of having to use energy to freeze the water as im not so concerned with my temperature in my garage increasing?

    • cori

      August 1, 2015 at 5:52 am

      The real question is… are you already using your freezer in your refrigerator or the one in the garage? It’s not going to cost anymore if your already using them. It’s gping to cost the same…

  39. cori

    August 1, 2015 at 6:01 am

    So here is my own two bits.

    Even if your using this as a replacement of an ac unit to cool a smaller room (or an apartment about the size of mine) it works just fine. Eventually if your cooling and cycling air the Temps all go down, You are no loner moving warm air and cold air. If your windows are shut. It’s the same effect as being in a room with colder Temps being cycled in and then maintaining the cycle with said temps. If your planning to do that you just need to keep more then one set of bottles or ice packs etc, and just rotate them put. I run mine for probably a good ten hours a day. I leave it on when I sleep. So only paying an extra ten bucks is nothing.

    As for the comments about costs for freezers…
    If your already using them the cost won’t be any higher. Your already using the thing… common sense people lol.

    As far as power costs even if your using an actual outlet I only spend about ten dollars more a month on power versus spending an easy 100 or more for a small ac unit that walmart sells for 150 bucks.

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