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by ehensel1 on July 7, 2006 Table of Contents License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Homemade air conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Attach copper tubing to the fan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: Attaching the tubing to the pump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: Submerging the pump and testing it out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 2 3 4 5 6


so I could put the heat exchanger on the inside. make sure that you have both ends of the copper tubing sticking out of the fan. As you can see in the second photo. I have to give props to Geoff Milburn. That being said. I'm using copper tubing as the heat exchanger. so this seemed like a good project for me. I used zip ties to hold the tubing to the grate. and not easy to work with. make sure to clip off the loose ends. I grabbed a hole saw to use as a die to wrap the tubing around. but I'm allowed to have fans. Image Notes 1.License: Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) Intro: Homemade air conditioner Before I get started. but it does cool the air better than just a fan. in which case.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . because this will be inside the fan. http://www. and the teeth held nicely against the grate of the fan. at http://www. so you can hook up the tubes to the pump. as copper is not cheap. hopefully making it look better. you stop the flow of water. Also. although you could use something else.gmilburn. one of the places I work has no AC.instructables. Of course. it's very easy to kink the tubing. Note one tube from the pump to the exchange. It's not perfect yet.ca/ac/ whose plan it was I copied. and the other dumping the water back into the cooler step 1: Attach copper tubing to the fan I took the grate off of my fan. I'm not smart enough to think up something like this on my own. As I was going along.

which would then fit onto the pump. This of course leaked. Notice tube sticking out of the grate step 2: Attaching the tubing to the pump Now. or buy bigger copper tubing. 1/4" tubing fits quite nicely around the copper tubing. I used a pair of pliers to help get this kink out. In the third photo. you can see how I just inserted the 1/4" into 3/8". which is not as exciting. http://www. so I just rigged it up. but now I have a reason to buy a bigger. Image Notes 1.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . As you can see in the first and second photos. photo 4. and they didn't have anything that would downsize it to 1/4" for me. into 1/2" tubing. the cheapie pump I bought would only fit 1/2" ID tubing. I feel that this greatly reduces the effeciency of my pump. more manly pump! Either that.Image Notes 1.instructables. which necessitated the use of hose clamps. stronger.

I didn't have that problem. Once I had it all hooked up. any suggestions would be welcome! http://www.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . and another from the heat exchanger back to the cooler. just shut it off and tighten things up. If you do. so I couldn't begin to tell you how to solve it.Image Notes 1. Well. I'm not getting any condensation. Problem solved! step 3: Submerging the pump and testing it out I bought a foam cooler to hold my coolant(ice water). and hopefully won't warm up as much. If you've got a hole in your copper tubing from over-zealous bending. I submerged the pump and plugged it in. that's about it. the water has lost it's cooling effect. When I get a bigger pump. with one tube going from the pump into the heat exchanger.instructables. which means by the end. Look at how tiny this thing is! I should have known better when I bought it! Image Notes 1. you might have a tricky problem to solve. At this point you'll be able to tell whether or not you have leaks real quick. Not a gushing leak. Image Notes 1. the water will flow much faster. as I have easy (free) access to both water and ice. (I am partial to JB Weld for all things broken though) I've noticed that towards the end of the copper tubing. but enough to make a mess after a little while.

and the other dumping the water back into the cooler Related Instructables Portable Air Conditioning by LowCostCrap Ice box air conditioner by chr Home Made Air Conditioner II by hleon Cheap DIY Air Conditioner by samw8888 Mini Solar AirConditioner (a. Image Notes 1.a Swamp cooler) by ANDY! Home Made Air Conditioner I by hleon http://www.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . Note one tube from the pump to the exchange.k.instructables. Make sure you have this part sticking out of the fan. it would be easier to fix than if you had to take the whole grate off again.Image Notes 1. If you have a leaky fit.

. 2007. Where are you a PI? http://www. sew the tubing to the jersey. 2010. PIman says: Jul 27. just add some ice as required. 2010. brianroesch says: Jul 26. Basically your blood along with being the life-essense in your body(providing nutrients and sugar to your body's components and removing toxins. and a inverter for cars and stuff. 7:06 AM REPLY Why try and cool the whole van when you can just gool personell(sp?)? My friend is fabricating a Big Daddy suit(from Bioshock 2) and we have heard horror stories about the heat generated in large suits so we had a brain storming session... 7:27 AM REPLY Swamp coolers work well in dry areas mine is humid(very). concentrate on the upper back. Now get a bilge pump (pump for draining water out of a boat). 2010. Put the pump in ice chest with hose connected to out put of pump. Luckily professional sports already did the foot work.. 5:02 PM REPLY PIman says: Let us know how it works out. 1 Jersey(of no sentimental value) as much clear tubing as needed(the kind you can get at a pet store) a cheapo electric-water pump(12v) or fuel pump(we work at an auto parts store). Jul 26. In the PI biz the box on the roof would be noted and then expose me. Jul 25.Comments 50 comments Add Comment view all 242 comments PIman says: I am a PI and want to make a rig to cool my van(130 F). 1:10 PM REPLY Pop the trunk a little and drag an extension cord around to the inside through the window into you a/c unit. Run hose to heater core & output of heater core back to ice chest... 2007. 2007. clamp all connections. any kind. 5:59 PM REPLY PIman says: Jul 26. Place crushed ice in chest with one gallon of water. I have rigged s cooler with a fan that blows in?downward from the top an fore air over ice blocks and then out vent. Gas powered generators are the best. OK.Get a car or truck heater core from a junk yard. in zig-zag pattern. frozen water bottles) a water-tight container. 6:29 AM REPLY South Texas Connection says: Aug 5.... If you have a van you can mount the generator to the roof and cover it with a plastic box to protect it from the rain. 2010. They made a jersey that has tubing attached to it and then the tubing has cooled water run through it. you could run this thing all day from it and keep that van cool all day. WALA COLD AIR. Melts in the hot van. will work to keep a tent cool too.. eskimojo says: brianroesch says: maxpower49 says: i'm working on a mini air conditioner that uses a 12 volt boat pump. 7:30 AM REPLY (part 2) So we wanted to tap into that potential for quick cooling while mobile and compact(ish). do this -. (silent generator). Any info on ac units would be great.instructables. 8:24 PM REPLY I'm interested in cooling down my car too for Private Investigating. attach pump to power source and you have yourself a quick and dirty cooling jersey! you can wear it and it will bring your core body temperature down. If you had a solar panel that put out enough current... This was our jerry-rigged version plan. 9:39 AM REPLY STC here: You want to cool a van. 2007. I need suggestions (& spelling tips). huh.... The charging power pack inverters are not good because the watts are not enough. I'll just perhaps get a portable a/c unit and small gas powered generator. Jul 27. 10:17 AM REPLY maxpower49 says: i'll post it soon Jul 27. As you know: You can do more work with a vacuum than with pressure. 12:49 PM REPLY How would you not die from the fumes? My small fan makes a loud noise.. neck area. but i works for a short time.. I like the concept though.. many uses.. Ice chest & hose to fit. Nother though. exchanging oxygen/CO2.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . Now as the fan & pump are 12 volt just fix a plug so they can be plugged into the lighter socket. 2007. shoulder. some wiring + accoutrements.. If you put the heater core & the fan in a small box it will work much better. etc) is essentially the cooling/warming system of your body. coil tubing around cold source.. Jun 11. a mini fan. Jul 10. 2007. small 12v battery water(as use would be limited) Cold source(ice packs. 9:11 AM REPLY eskimojo says: Jul 10. 2007. not pushing it. Had us looking for the covers. ice blocks/cubes. STC we gone Swapnil242khadke says: hey hae u done this project ???? and if yes then does it cools as ac or not Sep 25. Now connect a small fan in front of heater core so the fan is pulling air through the heater core. Swamp coolers are cheaper than the a/c units. 2007. I used this setup some time back in my little motorhome when we were camping in the boonies.

1:51 PM REPLY mechno says: I had always heard that salt is best for bending pipes.. When my AC broke. but very HOT! brianroesch says: bo88y says: Jul 26. and it would make the car much cooler to get into on hot days. 2010. 2:31 PM REPLY Until you find your more permanent cooling solution.. it you have a freezer. 2010. even water that's warm (from sitting in the car) can take a lot of the heat out of the metal in the roof and keep it from radiating into the interior.Danka.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . Jul 12. 7:50 PM REPLY Power23432432 says: Wouldn't this also induce corrosion. You'd have to figure out a way to put a couple of T's at the outlet of your pump and reduce them to 1/4". If you're sitting on hot days. 8:38 PM REPLY Wouldn't it be more efficient if you had the tubing in a closed loop so instead of just sucking up the cold water (which is normally above 32 degrees cause the ice has to compensate for the temp of the water) it would instead give up it's heat to the much cooler ice(32 degree). Run the top of the hose to the top of the cooler but BELOW the surface of the water. I would do this in a heart beat.. and let him pay for the ice. 2010..A. you could divide your 1/4" copper pipe into 3 separate shorter coils..so having holes thru the side would make a big diffrence. Anyway. 2010. First you'll get some evaporative cooling. 5:17 PM REPLY Try thermosiphoning instead of using a pump. it is course like sand... 2010.instructables. Next.. 2007. I hope you find a device to help cool you off. would just using plastic tubing for the whole thing work. 2:41 PM REPLY Instead of messing with all that tubing. Jul 27. 2010.A for the thought.A for effort. Still deciding due to wear-and-tare on the car.. I may just stick with my night job.. 2010. to cool better. and is a crime that we can't apply this ideas in third world countries! Jul 12. One fan blowing down into the cooler and two blowing up. 10:12 AM REPLY I'm not a PI yet----just training to be one down in Broward county Florida. but water soluble so you can rinse it clean. where'd you got the pump? Jul 17.living here in Texas... especially when the companies only reimburse milage. 2010. Sep 9.. place three battery charged fans (one in each cut-out). you might get lucky and find a crapped-out dorm-sized refrigerator and pull the condenser coil off of it. jpnagle59 says: jmeyerson2 says: how much tubing do you need? also. and it looks pretty effective. el Pipo says: Sep 10. Wasagi says: Nice! Simple. as 1/2" pipe will easily feed 3 x 1/4" pipes at the same volume of water. *sarcasm(not really)* Why not just put the fan in front of the cooler skip the pump skip the tubing and blow the air over you that way. and then some conductive cooling.. 8:10 AM REPLY bgc1999 says: Great idea.. As the air warms the water it will expand and go up into the cooler and the cooler water will travel down the tube. put them in the boss's freezer. Sep 4.. 2010.. and number crunchers. I'm currently working as an intern to get my CC license and in about two years my C and hopefully go on to my Agency license if all goes well. or does it need to be copper? Sep 1. Also. I'd do this before opening all the windows.. 2007. 7:00 AM REPLY A CC license is an intern license. bend it tighter to make more surface area for the air to flow over.. You should take the unit to a refrigerator or AC repair place and have it purged of coolant before disconnecting.. 5:33 PM REPLY poo-poo on u none-believers... not to mention having the lid open messes with heat transfer. When the roof's too hot to touch.. It's fun work.... get some of the 'gel' pack re-freezable do-hickey's. Run the 'out' line from the bottom of the cooler to the bottom of the fan.. it can help to keep a plastic jug of water in the car to sprinkle generously on the roof when it gets heated up by the sun... A friend of mine suggested cutting three holes in the top of a large cooler filled with ice.. Running the car while parked all day is not good. 8:40 PM REPLY Power23432432 says: Jul 26. Jul 26. 2010. 1:02 PM REPLY http://www. it will be cooled... 2010. Mount the fan beneath the cooler. 1:05 PM REPLY ryandean98 says: It Needs to Be Copper Because The Metal Gets Cold then When the air passes. Bend the hose back and forth but do it so that it is always going up. Davidfromcali says: bo88y says: Jul 26.brianroesch says: Jul 28. I would reconnoiter the near by your areas for more copper tubing.Or like the simpsons build a tent around you and open the fridge door.. it may well be worth it to close up your windows to wet down the roof once in a while.which the last 28 days has been over 105f .for not getting the little spring benders at the hardware store to bend the copper tubing without kinks.. winter indoors! Jul 11. 7:33 AM REPLY For better performance. 2010.

might I add.500LPH. xtr3mx7 says: You'll certainly benefit from it rather than using an AC which uses around 1. Just a big initial investment.does it work? and if so how much did all the stuff cost? Jul 7. find a way to collect condensation. He is just saying his AC uses 1000 watts per hour or 1 kilowatt hour of energy. 2:05 PM REPLY bwolfe says: Jun 4.. 2010.. especially copper allow for rapid temperature changes for heat exchange. You're suggesting that freezing water using similar if not identical technology (so same efficiency) and then using electricity to pump it around as well is going to be more efficient than an air conditioner. and insulate the heck out of the tubing from a few feet under all the way to the fan. They make them in all sizes and them might even come with some tube cutters. Its just another way to measure the amount of energy something uses.. joosh says: Jul 8. the average underground temp is in the mid to low 60's (64 degrees. 11:08 AM REPLY eskimojo says: Jul 10. 2010. Grumpus says: Jul 7..Phoghat says: If you have a hole in the copper pipe you can repair it wit J-B Weld Jul 11. and its good to go! omgitzstegman says: Where does he pump the heat? A real air conditioner is heat pump. 5:21 PM REPLY Even better.. As I have a small water pump same as per picture above and it only provides 230LPH. not of the actual energy use. Another option is going the old-fashioned "swamp cooler" route. 2010. 2010. get a refrigerator compressor with freon! Put the compressor in front of the fan to keep it cool. Won't work great in the South most of the time (too frigging humid most of the summer) but will work "somewhat. Jan 11. which is the amount of watts an appliance using in an hour..before you work with the copper pipe fill it with sand. There. 2010. this should prevent it from kinking dj2quick says: nice Jul 11. 1:38 AM REPLY ladyharley05 says: why can't you substitute copper tubing with the plastic tubing (black/orange) that you use for evaporative cooler? Aug 13.000W/h for a 10. 2008. 5:28 PM REPLY rickym says: So. Are you sure a small water pump would be enough for the water to flow? seb1188 says: Jan 14. using some sort of evaporative cooling system. 2:27 PM REPLY Mr. 2010. which doesn't have the additional pump? When an air conditioner. You wouldn't get nearly the cooling effect that the copper pipe allows. 3:29 AM REPLY The problem I see is with the pump.. one watt (W) is one joule (J) per second. That's why they don't use plastic tubing for moonshine stills.. it should be powerful enough to send the water across the copper tube.no need for ice or a freezer. 2010. If you get low enough. 2010. you could combine the three: http://www.. Jul 8. and cap off both ends..yet!. 2:10 PM REPLY I think he meant kilowatt hour.. 7:54 AM REPLY That makes no sense. I think). which won't actually remove any heat from the building at all? A/C is more efficient. spa31rky says: Hey. 2010.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . 2010. 6:44 AM REPLY Or you could just get a tubing bender they cost like $20 or less(american). Recommend one with at least 1.." Utilizing the various instructables here regarding rain-barrels and runoff catching installations. 7:08 PM REPLY Tannius says: Jun 4. 2010. 2009.. 1:45 PM REPLY this is an old moonshine trick. a high effieciency pump. zchampine says: Jul 7. Jul 7. 10:02 AM REPLY Buy a metric buttload of copper tubing. 2010. doesn't just throw the waste warm air back into the room anyway but blows it outside. 1000W/h (=1KJ per second per hour???) is a measure of rate of change (acceleration) of use. run the tubing underground.how would you know about the moonshine stills???? Hhhmmm???? I didn't find one on here . Metals. 10:34 AM REPLY Plastic is an insulator. unlike a freezer.000BTU unit.instructables.

2010. Plenty of excess space to be utilized there. I'd bet my life's savings that this is far more inefficient than a window mounted AC unit. My apologies if anyone has already touched on these issues as you have a lot of comments here. If you really wanted to take this to the extreme. 2010. exaran says: dbixler says: Jul 30. you can't fool Thermodynamics. 2010. are the laws of thermodynamics. 2010. you could even rig the water line from the barrels to a hydrodynamic generator at the top of the cooling tower to gain some juice by good-old-fashioned gravity. and try running the copper/tubing through the cooler instead of in through the top. Because of that. All in all. more cost up front. but instead of the copper tubing. 2. and then fill the ice cube trays. May 27. (which must mean it's awesome! ) Mr. it has its merits.. in your example. Jun 6. thus the inefficiency. your freezer will then run to make new ice.1. If this looks stupid to you. 2009.. it probably takes more energy creating the cooling compound (ice. What does your freezer produce when it makes ice? Heat. for an easy and probably cheap way. but all I can say is the cheap foam (styrofoam) coolers are usually not very waterproof and end up leaking eventually. and don't have to worry about corroding pipes. 11:28 AM REPLY Not fully understanding the laws of thermodynamics why would more money be spent this way? If you fill 2 liter bottles full of water you are going to spend a nickel tops on water that you can use multiple times. If that's the case. 3. The big benefit is that you don't have to run ducts either. http://www.D. And unless you are plugging in a freezer for the sole purpose of making ice for this contraption I don't see how you can use more energy. This in http://www.. ewhipped says: Jul 31. 4:35 PM REPLY I thing that is a very creative idea. because there would be more heat absorbed into the evaporator inside the freezer. P. you'll bettter go where the air is cool to no generate heat. for example. 2:06 PM REPLY Whats funny is that companies are starting to do this because of variable electricity pricing.Canuck says: Jun 22. so you can actually keep the cooler closed and the ice won't melt as fast. From everything I have heard it is easier on a freezers compressor to have it as full as possible. 2009. Instead of the ice bucket. in this case) than what you're going to save cooling a room with something like this. you say your freezer has plenty of space. for the author.com/id/Canadian-Cooler-Cooling-Contraption/ I'm gonna give your version a try. and put them in the cooler filled with anti-freeze or some other corrosion-resisting liquid to extend the life of your pipes. Where does that heat go? Into some area in your home that's going to be cooled. There you go.. That system would probably cost more to build (maybe mitigated by some adventures to the junkyard or creative scrounging) but I would imagine that power consumption wise. it MIGHT come out a little cheaper than a window unit. The amount of energy spent making the ice is "ALWAYS" going to be more than what this type of cooler will ever give back. Then you don't waste water. Pretty Idiot Productions says: I built a swamp cooler (spot cooler) and it works very well. 2:43 PM REPLY Suffice to say. Again. but MIGHT be cheaper in the long run. 2010. if your a/c doesn't works and for what I think is th most interesting. 7:05 AM REPLY The problem with this project. Now. All night the unit cools a slush of water and anti-freeze and then a coolant line coils through it. 2010. because if that is the case. rig the copper tubing to an evaporative system. You deliver the refrigerant to the fan units just like you are doing.instructables. My freezer only has 4 ice cube trays and some liquor bottles. Can be used in your car. 4:53 PM REPLY I would suggest some sort of pan to collect condensation to avoid wet carpets. Never worry about thermodynamics or other stuff like that. 2010. dbixler says: Jul 31. F430gx says: zchampine says: Jun 4. . 7:20 PM REPLY I know a whole bunch of nothing about nothing. Granted. 2009. Theirs works more efficiently though. Other than that its a great instructable! kishida says: May 30. it is) you're actually spending more money. 9:21 AM REPLY I was going to make a similar "air conditioner" to use on my desk at work. 7:00 PM REPLY The compressor would have to run more. This fan can be used in the exterior for taking some fresh and cool air. unless your cooling mechanism is free (which. hotbboj says: Apr 24. However. talking about thermodynamics in this fan is also stupid. and projects of its kind. The cooling process will use more energy. I built this and it happened. it would be a heckuva fun project to build. in the cooler from this article. (think nuke cooling tower). When you use the ice cubes. you can use this for cooling your PC case. Setup a rain-barrel system. if you're doing this to use during camping or something like that where AC is unavailable. Build a lengthier version of the above. I was going to use an automotive heater core (a mini radiator used for the heater in a car) because I had an extra one. then it should only run to keep that amount of "solids" cool.instructables. Jun 23.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . 9:53 AM REPLY I had an idea to expand on some of the other comments: Use the 2-Liter bottles filled with salt water.

com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ .wikipedia. I'd even go so far as to say if you REALLY wanted to run something like this. then buy a freezer. The inefficiency is reflected as heat (not to mention the electricity). suffice to say that your freezer is far more efficient than this fan and a copper tube. http://en. Think about it this way.instructables. I'll refer you to this article and maybe it'll make more sense :). if this kind of thing were truly feasible. I realize I'm not very good at explaining Thermodyamics.turn generates more heat (and the amount of heat generated will be greater than the amount of cool that the ice cubes generate). At least then it's being cooled by something more than ice cubes (and you're not potentially wasting the water to produce the ice). drill holes in it and run the copper tube through the freezer into your fan.org/wiki/First_law_of_thermodynamics view all 242 comments http://www. why not just leave your freezer unstocked and opened to cool your house? Because it's not 100% efficient.

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