Summer’s here and along with cookouts, pool parties and sun tans, it also brings with it the need to cool down your home. Sweating in the summer sun while you’re on the beach is one thing, but doing it inside your home is definitely not cool. Unfortunately, the average air conditioner costs around $300 for the actual machine itself and then a further investment into increased power bills since most A/Cs tend to suck up a lot of electricity.
If you’re sweating about the bills as much as you’re sweating from the heat, HouseholdHacker has come up with the perfect solution. For roughly $8, you can make a DIY air conditioner using a Styrofoam cooler, ice, a small box fan and some cheap dryer vents. Using larger bottles to freeze your ice is a smarter move than using ice cubes since a larger mass of ice tends to stay cold longer. The DIY A/C isn’t perfect – over time the air it blows will get slightly warmer as the ice comes to room temperature, it’ll probably need to be emptied out/refrozen pretty often and it doesn’t let you adjust temperature like a standard unit would, but for a fraction of the price it’s definitely a great solution.
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