Step By Step – D.I.Y. Air Conditioner For Under $10
With summer 2021 here, and bringing more than its fair share of hot, humid days, air conditioners sell out pretty quickly in stores. However, you have nothing to fear, I'm going to walk you through how to create your own "Do It Yourself" air conditioner and depending on what you already have around your house, your costs should be less than $10.
DIY Air Conditioner
STEP 1 - GET YOUR BUILDING SUPPLIES
You're going to need:
1- styrofoam cooler
1- small fan
2- dryer vents
1- small saw or utility knife
STEP 2 - TRACE DRYER VENTS
Grab the maker and trace around the dryer vents on the cooler top, one on either side. Make sure to trace tight around the vents as we want them to fit tightly.
STEP 3 - TRACE FAN
Use the marker to trace around the front potion of the fan on the cooler top as this will drop down into the cooler space.
STEP 4 - CUT OUT THE HOLES FOR DRYER VENTS
Grab the utility knife or the small saw and cut the marked holes for the dryer vents.
STEP 5 - CUT OUT HOLE FOR FAN
Just like for the dryer vent holes, cut out your marked lines for the fan.
STEP 6 - ClEAN STYROFOAM MESS
As you know styrofoam will be messy after you cut out your holes, this is a good time to grab the vacuum and just clean-up some of the loose pieces.
STEP 7 - INSTALL VENTS & FAN
Push the vents into the top of the cooler, then, place the fan face down into the top of the cooler and turn it on to make sure you have good air flow.
STEP 8 - ICE
You have several options here, you can get bags of ice, cubes or blocks work well or you can do what I do and simply fill bottles and jugs with water and freeze them.
STEP 9 - FILL COOLER WITH ICE
Go ahead and fill the cooler with ice about half way, just don't let it interfere with the fan.
STEP 10 - INSTALL COOLER TOP
Once the ice is in place, place the top back on the cooler, make sure the fan is inserted correctly
STEP 11 - TURN ON FAN
When you turn on your fan you should start to feel the cool air coming out of the vents as the fan forces the air to push its way through the ice filled bottles.
Check out the YouTube video by Household Hacker below for a more fluid step-by-step walk through provided by YouTube.