YouthBuild DIY: 7 Steps to Surviving a Heat Wave by Building Your Own Air Conditioner
Sometimes fans won't cut it.
That’s the conclusion the staff and students of YouthBuild New Bedford came to after two heat waves and twelve days above 90 degrees. It was a conclusion that led them to a fairly simple and cost-effective solution to their problem: build an air conditioner.
You’re probably thinking, “That’s hardly a simple solution. An air conditioner is a complex machine.”
It’s not. Really, the following step-by-step guide will prove it.
So if your fans and open windows aren’t getting the job done, and there’s no room in your budget for central air (HA!), this DIY A/C guide will save you from some embarrassingly sweaty days come the next heat wave.
1 Styrofoam cooler
1 Small fan
3 elbow PVC pipe fittings
10 lbs ice
1 Utility knife
Before you continue:
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Step 1: Using a marker, trace two evenly spaced circles equal to the circumference of your PVC pipe fittings on the cover of your Styrofoam cooler, and one in the middle of its front, like so:
Note: The location and number of PVC pipes can vary depending on personal preference. (Some DIY A/C’s use as little as one, others show as many as three – all in numerous locations.)
Step 2: Trace a hole equal to the circumference of your fan on the side of your cooler
Note: The location of your fan can also vary (side, back).
Step 3: Cut out every traced hole, for the pipes and fan, using your utility knife
Note: If you don’t want to keep buying ice, you can use ice packs, or fill some water bottles and freeze/re-freeze them as needed.
Note: The air won't be cold right away. Be patient, it'll be worth it.
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