Your Simple Guide To Creating A Temporary Portable Air Conditioner During An AC Outage

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Just when you are in the middle of a long hot summer, your home's air conditioner fails and the temperature inside your home quickly goes on the rise. After you have placed a call to an AC repair service, such as All American Air & Electric, Inc., you may be tempted to pack up and leave the house until they get there. However, what you probably don't know is that making a makeshift air conditioner is actually fairly easy. All you really need is a small fan, a styrofoam cooler, and ice to make a temporary portable air conditioner that will work well enough to keep a room in your house cool until help arrives. 

What You Need

The supplies to make your temporary air conditioner can probably be found lying around the house. You should gather: 

  • A small styrofoam cooler with a lid
  • A small fan, round or square because either will work
  • Duct tape
  • A small hacksaw or a carving knife
  • A permanent marker
  • Gallons of frozen ice or a large bowl of ice cubes
  • A piece of plastic PVC pipe (optional)

Prepare the Styrofoam Cooler

Lay the fan face down against the lid of the styrofoam cooler. Using your permanent marker, draw a line around the perimeter of the outside of the fan on the top of the lid. Using your saw or carving knife with a serrated blade, cut an opening about an inch inside of the mark you just made. The opening needs to be slightly smaller than the face of the fan to prevent it from slipping through. On the side of the cooler, a few inches from the top, create a circle opening with your saw or knife. This opening should be large enough to house the piece of PVC piping if you have it, but if you don't have a piece of pipe to use, simply create a hole that is three or four inches in diameter.

Attach the Fan to the Cooler Lid

The fan needs to be situated face down directly over the opening you created on the lid of the cooler. To give the fan a little stability, it is best to anchor the fan to the lid of the cooler using duct tape. Simply apply a few strips of tape either around the edge of the fan so that they lap over on the lid of the cooler. You can also do the same with the piece of PVC pipe if you use one. 

Fill the cooler with either frozen gallons of water or fill it about half full of ice. Plug in your fan, and you are ready to go. As the air from the fan circulates over the cold ice inside the cooler, it will push that cold air out of the side of the outlet hole you created to deliver a nice, refreshing burst of coolness. 


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