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.

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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.


  1. Judgmental

    April 19, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Nice video, but you did not show or describe what you used for a liner, so F for incomplete.

  2. Physics

    April 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Unless your freezer vents to the outside (and I’ve never seen one that does), this air conditioner will make your house warmer overall. because the heat taken out when the water is turned into ice goes straight into the air of your house.

  3. Nobody

    April 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    looks awesome but u need an air filter for it

  4. Jack

    April 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    If you would like to extend the length of time it works try this simple trick. Pour a half cup of salt over the ice!

  5. andy

    April 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    C – He has a solar panel hooked up..watch the entire video…DUH!! DOH….WIPE THE DROOL..!

    • Politenessman

      April 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      You may want to consider the fact that not everyone is as awesomely brilliant as you are, and be a tad more tolerant. Thank you.

  6. CB

    April 19, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    It’s amazing how many people didn’t watch the video and are now asking questions that are directly answered in the video lol

  7. Michelle

    April 19, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    This would be great for camping!

  8. Drew

    April 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Dry ice is a Horrible idea! Do not under any circumstances replace the ice with dry ice. You want the ice to stay longer? Make it with salt water. Saltwater has a lower freezing temp so it will stay colder longer and cool the air more. Mix you salt water and pour it into ice trays. After completely frozen arrange the ice cubs in food saver bags then vacuum seal. Can be used over and over again and will be good for multiple uses. Cheers

  9. Tamara Ashway

    April 20, 2014 at 12:52 am

    My question is if you don’t have electricity to run your regular air conditioner how does this one run?

    • Sherron

      April 23, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      The initial presentation of this cheap way to stay kool was good, then everyone starts picking it apart. It is what it is. He uses a single solar panel to run that fan. It costs him for only the ice. Pretty darn good I’d say.

  10. Dave

    April 20, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Wouldn’t making ice add more heat to the system. So would capturing solar power. You can rearrange the heat, but you can’t make it go away by adding energy to the system.

    • God

      April 23, 2014 at 4:50 am

      You can’t create energy Dave. You can’t add energy to the system.

    • wat

      April 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

      All any air conditioner does is ‘rearrange the heat’, as you said.

    • Kc

      April 23, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Ok this whole. Freezer works harder thing is getting on my nerves. A freezer already runs at a specific temperature adding a jug I water to freez is not goin to make the freezer work harder because it is already at a set temperature. THINK BEFORE YOU COMMENT!!!!

      • Kc

        April 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm

        And if it has a ice maker then it’s already designed for the power or “heat” output it takes to make ice.

  11. Divine Miss M

    April 20, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Great idea but if you have no electricity how is the fan supposed to run? Would have to have a generator and if that is so, then if it, the generator is big enuff it could run a/c unit????

    • Mike Jones

      April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Battery powered tent fan blows for 4-8 hours depending on model.. You can make a smaller version for camping!!

  12. Brad

    April 20, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Power or no power…still cheaper than running the a/c on full blast all summer.

  13. max

    April 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

    So… u could as well just take the jug, place it on some plate (condense water) and place a fan behind it.

    No need for a fancy bucket with pipes and lining.

    It would still provide cool air.

    Make ur ice on a cool day ( else u make ur fridge work harder to make the ice – therefor heating up the room).

    If u wanna use dry ice ( don’t put it in the bottle) – use it outdoors to lower the ice bottle temperature. It will last longer this way.

  14. A

    April 20, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Yeah, very clever but it looks really tasteless in the living room. Now come up with a more discreet looking alternative.

    • Kc

      April 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Sorry we forgot the 500lb a/c unit on your house was so discrete.

  15. Jeff B.

    April 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    What $454 air conditioner are you replacing? Is there some low-wattage or other high efficiency model that you’re referring to?

    Yes, this is a very cheap & easy air cooling setup but unlike the $120 versions (also available at Home Depot) this one will not run without frequent attention to replace ice at regular intervals.

    Also, unless you bring the ice in from elsewhere, someone else had correctly pointed out that the heat generated by your freezer in the same house will be more than the cooling effect of the resulting ice. This is why real air conditioners have compressors/heat exchangers on the outside of the house.

    Not to say that this budget contraption isn’t neat, but it doesn’t come close to replicating the capabilities of a self-sustaining unit that runs with a useful cooling capacity.

  16. Matt

    April 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I am having issues finding the bucket liner. For some reason all stores around me don’t carry this.

  17. claire

    April 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Too bad the video isn’t captioned and where are the directions if you can’t hear the video?

    • jojo

      April 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      you know? I’m very pissed off as well, I’m blind and the comments aren’t in braille.

  18. Handy Gal

    April 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    This wont cool air down in the room — just blow cool air on you? So you wouldn’t have an air conditioned room and if multiple people in the room — would everyone need one? Good idea though for one person wanting to keep cool maybe at night time to sleep on a hot summer night. 🙂 But that would be it. I will keep my central air thanks…..lol

    • didyoureallytypethat

      April 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      technically the fan is pulling air in from the top and replacing it with colder air coming out of the tubes so this is not just blowing cold air on you but cooling the existing air to a lower temp.

  19. Dee-Elle

    April 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    In response to C above: Duh , read the article, it’s uses a solar panel, duh

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  21. Dee-Elle

    April 21, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Home Depot website says the insert is unavailable at present – any idea of another source?

    • rick

      April 24, 2014 at 2:12 am


      I just picked up two at the Sherwin Williams paint store.

  22. Nate

    April 21, 2014 at 2:39 am

    This helps you survive what, exactly? If you have ice, you have water. If you have water, you can moisten your clothing. If you have a fan, you can point the fan at your wet clothes and feel nice and cool. I was thinking you were exploiting the venturi effect or something, but then in the last seconds, you mention putting ice in it, and I felt highly disappointed.
    There’s no reason to put these fancy holes in it, no reason to have 2 different diameter hole saws, no reason for the styrofoam bucket. If cooling is what you want, you could just point the fan at the goddamned frozen 1 gal jug.

  23. Tom C

    April 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Blowing on ice will not cool your room.. stupid.

  24. Jared

    April 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Not to spit hairs but I feel that this is an important distinction. This is not an air conditioner. Its a swamp cooler. The big difference being that this unit does not remove humidity from the air, it actually adds to it. Not saying it’s not an effective tool. I just feel that needs to be said because it will be far less effective in really humid climates.

  25. Bob

    April 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Why waste your time on this when you can add value to your home? This is the dumbest idea I have ever seen.

    • Kc

      April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Because not every person can spend or wants to spend hundreds of dollars to put an a/c unit in a house they are renting. Not everyone has 200-400$ to spend. Oh and to Jeff b. freezers work just fine outside. I have a shed approx 300 sq ft in Nevada where it can get to 100 degrees easy in the summer and this cheap contraption has saved my skin. Literally. Mutiple times.

  26. Mr. Pib

    April 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    A carbon based life form produces co2! Better remove them or you may suffocate! Really people! We produce more co2 then dry ice evaporating and it is not a problem in an average size room.

  27. Paul B.

    April 21, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I realize that pretty much everyone is asking about substituting ‘DRY ice’ instead of ‘REGULAR’ ice’ throughout this talkback, however I’m not sure the obvious answer is fully being understood. Either people aren’t reading any of the numerous responses about the use of dry ice in your living room, so I’ll ask again just to make sure…. Can you substitute DRY ICE with this???

  28. Shannon Creamer

    April 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Most everything shown in the video is available at Home Depot or similar store. The solar panel can be found at Harbor Frieght etc. And yes you can find some for cheap. Also check amazon.com etc.
    Its a neat idea to try.

  29. GroPro

    April 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    This is perfect for an indoor grow op. Especially if you’re using dry ice. The extra CO2 would be beneficial to the plants and it won’t cost nearly as much to keep your room cool in the summer.

  30. Jimmy

    April 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    It’s called a swamp cooler nothing inventive they have been around for decades. This is just a redneck bucket version

  31. Daniel

    April 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    This would be handy if only I could get my hands on that bucket liner. It seems strange to me that they aren’t something that a store would just stock their shelves with. Maybe it would really hurt the ice chest manufactures. If that public knew about this there would not be a need for a ice chest or in this case a swamp cooler is essence. I live in Las Vegas Nevada right in the desert and I see home depot has one but it is not sold in my state online or in the store.

  32. Jeff

    April 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Of course you heat the house up more by making the ice cubes than you cool it by blowing a fan over them, but other than a basic misunderstanding of thermodynamics…. Yeah, your working on a net loss.

  33. Dave

    April 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I see a problem with this poor mans AC. Along with cool air you will create condensation. There is going to be a puddle of water dripping from the tubes when the cool air meets the warm moist air. A real AC unit removes moisture from the air and it is channeled to plumbing or outside.

  34. Joe

    April 22, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Actually this is a humidifier which is exactly the opposite of an air conditioner. The best part of air con. is that it removes moisture from the air and lets sweat evaporate from you body faster and cool you down better. Blowing warm air over ice will melt it and evaporate the water adding moisture into the air. The air con. also removes the heat from the room so this idea doesn’t do anything an air conditioner does. I wouldn’t waste a good bucket to do this.

  35. DeaverTex

    April 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I’m not so sure how this would work in a high humidity area like Houston or New Orleans. There would be mildew growing on everything pretty quickl

  36. firestarter

    April 22, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Spray paint the bucket to match your decor.

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  38. S

    April 22, 2014 at 3:46 am

    So obviously since you are having to also buy a solar panel, this is not a $15 AC Unit!! Most normal people don’t have a solar panel lying around!! Desk top fan, maybe. I don’t, so there is even more cost included!! This is a great idea though!! Thinking it would be great for camping!

  39. mark

    April 22, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Since the Styrofoam bucket liner is hard to find you can substitute the bucket and liner for a 5 gal igloo for about $5 on craigslist…… should provide about the same amount of insulation value and 1 piece vs. 2

  40. freeki tiki

    April 22, 2014 at 4:31 am

    This will work great on my boat, I get a block of ice for the ice box but a block is too much so the remainder will go into the bucket.

  41. Uhhwut

    April 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

    My god, learn how to say “thank you,” people. Instead of nit-picking a video someone took the time to make in order to help people.

    “More than $15!!”
    “how much bucket”
    “Plz help wut styrofoam”
    “No power lol so dumb”

    • Sandra

      April 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Uhhwut… Thank you for pointing out the ungrateful bunch in this forum. All that was needed was an acknowledgement of “thank you” or if one disagreed with his invention “walk away.”

      Thanks for the refreshing post and have a nice day!

    • jojo

      April 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      the problem is when somebody pretends to be a genius , an ecological genius, if he or she is from USA, it will be some stupid idea. I’m sure that there are real cheap cooling systems…but please, go ask somebody from the third world, he will give you a nice an cheap trick for everything. He toke the time to make the video…and that’s it? he did a video…we have to watch it and say “yeses”??? no. It’s a stupid idea. If you can get a gallon frozen, just take some ice cubes and fix your self a drink, that will cool you down. Second thing….in america you can get a air-condicioner for 45 dollar at pc richards…that’s the real problem, in poor countries the same unit would coast around 450 dollar maybe. So….why you don’t just sweat a bit? is a good way to loose some weight. People does not die of heat, they die from another kind of illness named heart stroke…related indeed with being fat. I find everything very dumb, the fake ecologist with his 200$ solar panel, the dumber people commenting…and you ready to shoot someone. AMERICA, HELL YEAH.

  42. Jazz

    April 22, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Solar power duh he said that. Don’t you listen? just type first lol

    • Sandra

      April 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Good post 🙂

  43. David Jordan

    April 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Its going to cost more than $15. If the power is out you need an alternate power source to operate the fan.

  44. Poseur

    April 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Some of the comments here are just ridiculous – did most of you even watch the video? Listen to it? Most of your inane questions are answered.

  45. AP

    April 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    I just made one of these. Does not cool ambient air much. If you use a digital IR thermometer and point it through the PVC, you are measuring the internal temp of the bucket, not the output air. Good idea but doesn’t work as well as shown.

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  47. Maggy

    April 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Read the post! It clearly shows that it is powered by a solar panel.

  48. Jojo

    April 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    c — the narrator of the clip explains that the fan is hooked up to a solar panel. But that obviously raises the question of why can’t he hook his air conditioner up to the same solar panel?

    • Jason

      April 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Because the desk fan only uses 1 amp, where a real A/C compresser is closer to 15 amps. He’d need a MUCH bigger solar setup.

  49. jake

    April 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Its hooked up to a solar panel, duh. Watch the video C

  50. iceblaster

    April 23, 2014 at 12:42 am

    dry ice is solidified co2 but its relatively harmless i dry ice blasted at a tire factory and its not good to breath in super close (actually burns your nostrills) but 5-6 feet away its harmless. its the same gas we exhale so it could potentially suffocate you if you had high enough exposure to it but you would have to almost be in a completely closed container full of the stuff for that to happen just my 2 cents.