Stay cool this summer. Here are the plans for making your own portable and inexpensive AC!
Instructables user CameronSS has a guide to building a portable air conditioner out of materials that you may already have in your garage (if you don’t, he lists the average cost for each part and where it can be purchased), including a portable cooler, 12V battery, fans, and a generous helping of ice. Plenty of pictures and sage advice from his father guide you through the building process, and CameronSS ends the instructions with a list of potential modifications to improve the already great gadget.
Oh, and if you have doubts about how well a DIY air conditioning unit could work, he reported back with these results after putting it to the test in a hot truck:
When the unit was started, the air in the cab was 95 degrees, parked in the shade after a morning of sun, and the outside heat index was 108 degrees. Within five minutes the cab had cooled to 75 degrees, and the air output was 65 degrees. With two quarts of water that had been refrigerated and 8 pounds of ice cubes, the ice had melted after 40 minutes, leaving 50 degree water, with an output of 65 degree air.
Not only does the unit work, but it works well and efficiently!
Check out the link below for detailed instructions on how to build your very own portable air conditioner and while you’re down there, hit up the comments section and tell us about how you battle the summer heat.
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