It is hot, you guys. As in HOT. I am sure everyone can feel it, but being eight months pregnant, having 3 little kids to run after, and living in a house without an AC… Well, boil me to death and let’s just be done with it!
So, what’s a hot mama to do if she does not have $3000 to buy an AC system for her house?
Why, look for a cheaper alternative, of course. As in much much much cheaper, we are talking here.
$20 and change. Yes! That is in the budget.
I watched some cool videos on YouTube for how to make a homemade AC unit and at the end, made up kind of my own simple design that doesn’t require the use of a drill or any power tool. Keep it simple man.
Here is how to make a Homemade AC unit…
You will need…
A cooler. Not too small, you want at least one, preferably two 1 gallon bottles to fit in there. This cooler cost me $7 at Wall Mart.
A 6” fan. This one cost me $10 at Wall Mart.
And two 1 1/2” elbows that cost me $1.72 each at Lowes.
You don’t have to follow this exact design, it will give you the basic idea and then you can adjust according to what you can find in the store or what you already have on hand.
You will also need a utility knife.
First, I removed the front part of the fan, we don’t need it for the finished unit…
But I did use it to mark where to make the opening for the fan on the lid of the cooler. I also placed the elbows where they should be to make sure it all fits on the lid.
Next, with a utility knife, cut the hole for the fan…
Then, cut two holes for the elbows…
And the lid is ready!
Place the fan,front down, in its hole. I had to adjust the hole just a bit so it will fit snug…
And then place the elbows in their holes.
That is pretty much it, the unit is ready.
To use it, place one or two one-gallon bottles of frozen water in the cooler, place the lid, plug the fan and start it, and let it blow delicious cold air in your face!
Take into consideration that it takes some time for such a big bottle to freeze. I have three or four of them in the deep freezer.
Of course, it’s not as cool as having the real deal but it’s a great relief from the hot humid air that doesn’t want to leave us in the past couple of weeks.
I use it mostly at night because I have a hard time sleeping when it’s hot. And I run it at nap time so my boy can sleep comfortably.
If you live in a tiny home or if you live off the grid, it can be a great, easy, and cheap solution for you. It will cool a room for a couple of hours before you need to replace the bottle. Also, if you live off the grid, a fan will take much less energy than even an AC window unit, so you can easily run it on a car battery or a small solar panel. I am thinking it will also be nice to take it with us when we go camping.
‘Till next week…