How to Make a Homemade Air Conditioner

Homemade Air Conditioner
Photo by Liz West.

One of the best ways to save money and keep cool at the same time is by building your own homemade air conditioner! Believe it or not, they are not that hard to make. With just a few materials, you can be up an running in less than 30 minutes. Below, we’ve put together a compilation of some of the best YouTube “how to” videos that will how you how to build your own homemade AC.

1. This method uses a cooler, a fan, a dryer vent elbow,and some ice. You will need a cutting tool to make the opening for the fan and ventilator.

2. This version is a variation of the first, but uses a styrofoam cooler. It also shows you how to can make it be powered by sunlight.

3. For this one, you use a 5 gallon bucket instead of a cooler and PVC pipe.

How much does it cost?

These air conditioners can cost as low at $8. Depending on what you already have in the house, it may even be cheaper. Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need, some of which you can buy online. We’ve created links for your convenience for some of these items.

  • Portable fan

  • Ice/Frozen Water Bottle

  • Knife or saw (depending on the material of the cooler)

  • Drier vent or elbow PVC

  • Marker (for marking where you will cut the top of the cooler)

With these materials and the instructions on the videos above, you can be on your way to creating your very own air conditioner in no time! If you prefer to read instructions, you can visit this article by our friends from The Air Conditioner Home Guide. Enjoy!