When temperature starts to rise, you want to be cool and comfortable in your home. Unfortunately, running the central air conditioning can make a huge impact on your energy bills. If you want to beat the heat and save some money, make your own homemade personal air conditioner that will keep you cool for very little expense.
How Does It Work?
The concept behind this personal air conditioner is fairly simple, yet very effective. The air from the fan blows over the ice. This makes it cool way down. The only openings in the cooler are the ones for the fan and the vent pipe. Because the only place the air is able to go is through the vent you will make, you will have a continuous flow of cold air.
The area that will be cooled depends on the power of the fan you select. If you choose a low voltage fan, you may only feel the cooling effects a few feet past the vent. However, if you use a more powerful fan, you should be able to cool a small room up to 10 feet by 10 feet in area.
What You Will Need
Before you start building your personal cooling device, you will need to gather a few items and tools. The supplies can be found in most department stores or home improvement stores.
- Large styrofoam cooler with lid
- Curved vent pipe, between four and six inches in diameter
- Small battery-powered fan, up to six inches in diameter
- Ink pen
- Serrated knife
- Duct Tape
- Ten pounds of ice
How To Put It Together
Now that you have your supplies handy, its time to put it all together to make your personal air conditioner.
- Remove the lid from the cooler and place it with the bottom down.
- Place the vent pipe towards one end of the lid with the opening on the surface.
- Trace the pipe, then set it aside.
- On the end of the lid opposite your tracing, lay the fan down so that the face is flush with it.
- Trace the fan, then set it aside.
- Using your serrated knife, carefully cut along both tracings to make two holes in the lid.
- Put the vent pipe through it hole, allowing an inch to hang out from the bottom.
- Duct tape the bottom of the pipe to the bottom of the lid. Then, duct tape the top of the pipe to the lid.
- Put the fan on top of its hole, duct taping the edges to the lid.
- Pour the ice into the cooler and replace the lid.
How To Use It
Once you have made it, this air conditioner unit is fairly simple to use. Just turn on the fan and point the vent towards you. Whenever the air starts to feel warm, remove the lid and empty out the water. Then, replace it with more ice and you are back in business.
If you do not seem to be getting good air flow coming out of the vent, check to make sure that the lid is on tight. Also, make sure none of the duct tape has become detached, creating a hole that is allowing the cold air to escape before it reaches the pipe.
Although your makeshift air conditioner will not cool your entire house, it will make your immediate area much more comfortable and give your air conditioner a break. However, if you still see your energy bills skyrocketing, you may want to contact an HVAC contractor, like those at Springer Bros Air Conditioning-Heating LLC, to inspect your unit for any problems that could be causing it to draw too much power.Share