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

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    407 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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