Ever wanted to build your own homemade air conditioner? While some of us have the luxury of being able to live in a home or apartment with built-in air conditioning units, others simply can’t afford one or just don’t want to buy one because the temperature only gets hot just a few short weeks of the year. And if you’ve ever wondered to yourself whether or not you can build a homemade small air conditioner, here’s how you can do it in a few simple steps. If you’ve never done a DIY project like this before, building a homemade air conditioner doesn’t require any heavy tools just some simple products you can purchase at a home supply store.
If your home or apartment gets very hot in the summer months, maybe you don’t have an air conditioning unit that can stretch into all your rooms. In that case building a homemade air conditioner may make sense just to be able to keep cool for a short period of time. Please note that this homemade air conditioner is not intended to be a permanent air conditioning unit.
Homemade Air Conditioner Parts:
To build your homemade air conditioner you’re going to need the following parts:
* Small portable fan
* (2) 1/4″ vinyl tubing about 3 feet in length each
* 10 feet of 1/4″ copper tubing (the longer the better)
* Aquarium water pump
* Zip ties
* Ice cooler (styrofoam)
The first step in building a homemade air conditioner is to form the copper tubing in a circular fashion around the fan, allowing it to twist and form and take up as much central space as possible. The more copper tubing you have here the better it will be as the cool water will be running through the copper tubing and be blown out by the air in the fan. However, make sure as to not cover the entire fan as there will be no way for the fan to blow out the cool air. You’ll want about 50% to 60% coverage.
Once you have the copper tubing covering the fan for your homemade air conditioner grab your zip ties and form them into “J” shapes (see the video) and then slide them in and through the little slots in the fan, securing the copper tubing to the fan face. You’ll want to have the zip ties securing the fan about every 6 to 8 inches so be sure you have enough zip ties to secure the entire length of the copper tubing around the fan face of the homemade air conditioner and make sure you cut off all the zip tie ends to avoid them flapping in the wind once the fan is active.
The next step in building your homemade air conditioner is to take the vinyl tubing and hook up both ends of the copper tubing to the vinyl tubing as shown in the video. Both ends of this tubing will be running to the ice cooler of your homemade air conditioner, then cut some room at the top edge of both sides of your styrofoam ice cooler to allow for the vinyl tubings to run into the cooler. Try not to leave much space for air to escape the cooler.
The final steps in building your homemade air conditioner are to hook one vinyl tubing to your aquarium water pump and place it into the cooler and place the other side of the vinyl tubing in through the other side of your cooler. Then fill your cooler with ice and water and then seal the top. Plug in the water pump and the fan and that’s it. You should be able to cool down about 200 to 300 square feet of space with this homemade air conditioner.