DIY Air Conditioner – Save Money in the Summer Heat!

by craftmin | December 20, 2017

Braving the scorching Summer heat is uncomfortable enough, but what’s worse is that it is one of the leading causes of skin problems. One common solution is to buy air conditioning, but this actually poses a problem as well – only this time the burden is on your pocket! So here’s a DIY Air conditioner project to help you save money!

 

5  Money Saving DIY Air Conditioners:

There are a lot of DIY air conditioner projects all over in the internet, some of which are easier to build than others. But regardless of the effort, these DIY air conditioner projects are guaranteed to save you a lot of money, from the cost of the AC unit and even the electric bills it comes with.
The 5 DIY air conditioner projects here are sure to keep you cool and save you a lot of money. Some of them on the list can even be used as a substitute to the AC unit of your car! Cool right?
Before we begin with the tutorial, here are the criteria we considered when listing the 5 best DIY air conditioner projects on the internet: cost of production, ease of the project, durability, performance and, of course, user feedback.

1. Beat the heat with this $8 Air conditioner Unit!

$8 DIY air conditioner unit

Source: Household Hacker

Who would have thought that all the money you need for a convenient and practical air conditioner unit is $8! Yes, you read it right! All it costs to build this air conditioner project is 8 bucks and 10 minutes of your time.

Materials we need for this project:

  • A cooler made from Styrofoam
  • Two dryer vents
  • A small electric fan
  • A lot of ice
  • A lot of freezing bottled water

Building instruction:

STEP 1: Place and trace the two vents either side of the cooler lid, making sure you trace as close as possible so that it fits snugly.

STEP 2: Place the face of the fan right in the middle of the two vents, and trace the face of the fan as well.

STEP 3: Start cutting the traces of the vents and the fan,  either using a key or a kitchen knife – whichever is more comfortable for you. Remember when you are tracing the face of the fan that you will also need a space for it to sit on.

STEP 5: Use a vacuum to clean the excess pieces of Styrofoam so that no pieces will fly when you turn on your air conditioner unit.

STEP 6: Place the face of the fan on the lid.

STEP 7: Place your packs of ice and bottles of freezing water inside the cooler. The more ice and freezing water, the better and cooler it will be.

STEP 8: Turn on your fan and beat the heat as you enjoy the cool breeze!

TIP: If your fan is not really very strong, use one vent only.

 

2. Brave the scorching heat with this $40 DIY Air conditioner project!

$40 DIY AIR CONDITIONER

Source: Tinkernut

 

What makes this DIY Air conditioner project great is that it costs just enough money – not too cheap and not expensive. With just 40 bucks in your pocket you will be able to build a sturdy Air conditioner which you can move from one room to another. The air con unit can throw cool air with temperatures as low as 58 degrees F.  You will be needing patience for this project though, because its a little trickier to pull off than the first one.

Materials we need for this project:

  • A fountain pump
  • A cooler made from Styrofoam
  • A quarter inch copper tube
  • A bunch of zip ties or wires
  • An electric fan
  • A lot of Ice

Building instruction:

STEP 1: Take out the Styrofoam cooler and place the fountain pump inside.

STEP 2: Measure the distance of the pump from the lid of the Styrofoam.

STEP 3: Mark the measurement on the copper tube.

STEP 4: Place the measured copper tube at the base of the electric fan and wrap the rest around the back of the fan, using the zip ties or wires to secure..

STEP 5: Flip the fan and continue wrapping the copper tube around the front of the fan. Again, use zip ties or wires to secure the copper tube.

STEP 6: With the excess copper tube, create a stand for the fan and stick it to the bottom of the cooler.

STEP 7: Measure the distance from pipe to pipe, and then mark the measurement on the top of the lid of the Styrofoam.

STEP 8: Make holes that will fit the pipes. and then attach the pipes to the holes you have made.

STEP 9: Once the fan is secure on the top of the lid, use a hot glue gun to attach the fountain pump adapter to the copper tubes.

STEP 10: Secure the fountain pump and adapter inside the cooler and place tons of ice inside the cooler.

STEP 11: Cover the cooler with the lid.

STEP 12: Switch on the electric fan and enjoy the cold air!

 

 

3. Take advantage of the blazing Sun with this Solar powered Home made Air conditioner!

solar paneled air conditioner Source: Desertsun02

This DIY Air conditioner project will blow you away with how well it works! For just a few bucks and simple tools easily found at home, you will be able to make a handy air conditioner unit which has 3 ways to power up – either a solar panel, a battery, or an automobile. This means the AC unit can run for more than 5 hours!

Materials we need for this project:

  • An electric fan
  • A cooler made from Styrofoam
  • A block of ice
  • A PVC elbow pipe
  • Electric plugs
  • A 15 watt amp Solar panel

Building instruction:

STEP 1: Take out the Styrofoam cooler and place the PVC elbow pipe on top of the lid. Create a hole, angling your knife at a right angle to make sure that the PVC elbow pipe fits snugly inside.

STEP 2: Place the face of the fan on top of the lid of the cooler, and create a slot for it too.

STEP 3: Insert the block of ice inside the cooler, then cover it with the lid.

STEP 4: Connect the electric wires and solar panel to the air conditioner unit you have built.

STEP 5: Switch on the electric fan and enjoy the cold breeze from your new air conditioner unit which can last for more than 5 hours, emitting a breeze of 38 – 45 degrees Fahrenheit!

 

 4. Try this 5 gallon bucket Air conditioner

gallon air conditioner

Source: Desertsun02

This DIY air conditioner unit project is heavy duty, blowing chilly air at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. However, for this project, you will need patience because it is not a beginner’s project.

 

Materials you need for this project:

  • An electric fan
  • A Styrofoam bucket liner
  • A bucket of ice
  • Three 1.5 inch PVC pipes
  • Electric drill
  • A 15 watt amp Solar panel
  • A 5-gallon bucket

Building instruction:

STEP 1: Insert the Styrofoam bucket liner inside the bucket.

STEP  2: Drill 3 holes in the bucket for the 3 PVC pipes, using the electric drill. The drilled holes should also pass through the Styrofoam liner.

CAUTION: When drilling the holes, make sure your fingers are far from the holes to avoid unwanted accidents.

STEP 3: Insert a PVC pipe inside each hole.

STEP 4: Using a knife, cut a hole through the lid of the bucket and its liner. Make sure that the hole can fit the face of the electric fan, but leave an edge for the fan to “stand” on.

STEP 5: Place the bucket of ice inside the gallon.

STEP 6: Plug the fan into the 15 watt Solar panel. Switch on the fan and enjoy the chilly breeze your new sturdy Air conditioner unit gives!

 

5. Feel the cool air longer with this 5-8 hour DIY Air conditioner!

8 hr lasting diy air conditioner

Source: idiy.network

If you are looking for an inexpensive, very easy to build, and long-lasting DIY air conditioner, then this project is for you. It doesn’t take much time to build, can be solar-poweredl, and lasts for 5 to 8 hours!

Materials we need for this project:

  • An electric fan
  • A cooler
  • A bucket of ice
  • A PVC elbow pipe
  • Electric drill
  • A 2.15 watt Solar panel
  • Salt

Building instruction:

STEP 1: Trace the front of the fan and the PVC elbow pipe onto the lid of the cooler.

STEP 2: Using the electric drill, carefully drill holes around the traced area.

STEP 3: Insert the face of the fan and the PVC elbow pipe into the holes you have drilled and make sure they fit properly.

STEP 4: Put the block of ice into the cooler, throwing some salt onto it to last longer.

STEP 5: Cover the cooler with the lid. Plug the electric fan into the Solar panel and, voila! You can now enjoy your new long-lasting, heavy-duty air conditioner!

 

Next Summer,you will be more than ready to face the blazing heat and keep your head cool with these 5 easy, inexpensive and handy homemade Air conditioners!