DIY Air Conditioner made Out of Recyclables

Glen Wiltenburg

Want to Quickly DIY your own AC? Check out this Homemade Window AC Unit! If you’ve ever wondered how to lower your electricity bill amid the summer heat, then you’ll love this DIY air conditioner hack. All you’ll need is foam core, scissors, and empty bottles.

By making your own air conditioner, you will be able to enjoy a portable cooling system that costs a fraction of what traditional air conditioning units cost and you’ll have on-the-spot cooling wherever you happen to be enjoying your summer day.

Summer is finally here and so are the humid days. Unless taking a huge hit on your monthly electric bill is part of your agenda, a man always finds a way to cool down using a little innovation and the willingness to break some sweat. This means a DIY air conditioner for you to hack.

The Eco Cooler is super simple to build – no prior engineering or construction skills are required. The size of the system depends on the size of the windows in a room, as to mount it, a window should be removed and replaced by it.

So, a regular board should be cut in the size of the window. A grid of bottle-neck sized holes should then be cut onto the board. Then, the funnel-shaped bottlenecks, cut from the plastic bottles, should be fit into the holes. The next step is to fit the design onto the window frame with the wider side facing outwards. And this is it.

When you have an old ice chest lying around, it’s easy to convert it into your own AC and still keep your monthly bills down.

Here are the materials that you will need to make a DIY air conditioner:

  • Hard-sided ice chest
  • 4-inch elbow PVC Pipe
  • Small fan
  • 12V battery or 15-watt solar panel

1. Ready, set, measure

The key to success in making your DIY air conditioner is to ensure that all measurements are correct. Properly align the pipe and election on the space where you need them to be.

2. Trace those corners

Next is to measure the dimensions of the electric fan by tracing the head with a pencil or pen. The same step should also be done with the PVC pipe. Be sure about your measurements, however, since once you begin cutting, there’s no turning back.

3. Two small holes, if you please

After you’re done tracing the fan and the PVC pipe, use a drill to cut a hole into the ice chest, which will serve as the opening for your power cutter to cut through the ice chest’s lid.

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