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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


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

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

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

Make sure you have this part sticking out of the fan.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ . Image Notes 1.k. 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.instructables. If you have a leaky fit.a Swamp cooler) by ANDY! Home Made Air Conditioner I by hleon http://www. Note one tube from the pump to the exchange. it would be easier to fix than if you had to take the whole grate off again.

They made a jersey that has tubing attached to it and then the tubing has cooled water run through it. Where are you a PI? http://www. 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. I need suggestions (& spelling tips). WALA COLD AIR. just add some ice as required. If you put the heater core & the fan in a small box it will work much better... 5:59 PM REPLY PIman says: Jul 26. 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). If you had a solar panel that put out enough current. and a inverter for cars and stuff.. Gas powered generators are the best. not pushing it. 2007. 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.. 2010. Melts in the hot van. clamp all connections. Jul 10. 10:17 AM REPLY maxpower49 says: i'll post it soon Jul 27. Jul 25. 2010.. 9:39 AM REPLY STC here: You want to cool a van. Jul 26. a mini fan. I'll just perhaps get a portable a/c unit and small gas powered generator. This was our jerry-rigged version plan. in zig-zag pattern. sew the tubing to the jersey. 2007. 2007.com/id/Homemade-air-conditioner/ .instructables. The charging power pack inverters are not good because the watts are not enough. 2007.. 12:49 PM REPLY How would you not die from the fumes? My small fan makes a loud noise.. some wiring + accoutrements. do this -.. Had us looking for the covers. As you know: You can do more work with a vacuum than with pressure. 7:30 AM REPLY (part 2) So we wanted to tap into that potential for quick cooling while mobile and compact(ish). concentrate on the upper back. 7:27 AM REPLY Swamp coolers work well in dry areas mine is humid(very). Now connect a small fan in front of heater core so the fan is pulling air through the heater core. but i works for a short time. 2007. Jun 11. 2010. Swamp coolers are cheaper than the a/c units. 9:11 AM REPLY eskimojo says: Jul 10. Basically your blood along with being the life-essense in your body(providing nutrients and sugar to your body's components and removing toxins.. 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 get a bilge pump (pump for draining water out of a boat).. 2010. huh. 2007. 2007. 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. etc) is essentially the cooling/warming system of your body.. will work to keep a tent cool too. 8:24 PM REPLY I'm interested in cooling down my car too for Private Investigating. Jul 27.. eskimojo says: brianroesch says: maxpower49 says: i'm working on a mini air conditioner that uses a 12 volt boat pump.. I used this setup some time back in my little motorhome when we were camping in the boonies.. 6:29 AM REPLY South Texas Connection says: Aug 5. Now as the fan & pump are 12 volt just fix a plug so they can be plugged into the lighter socket. (silent generator). I like the concept though. neck area. OK.. many uses. 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. ice blocks/cubes. Any info on ac units would be great. Luckily professional sports already did the foot work.. In the PI biz the box on the roof would be noted and then expose me.. Ice chest & hose to fit. frozen water bottles) a water-tight container.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). Nother though. Run hose to heater core & output of heater core back to ice chest. small 12v battery water(as use would be limited) Cold source(ice packs. Put the pump in ice chest with hose connected to out put of pump. coil tubing around cold source... 5:02 PM REPLY PIman says: Let us know how it works out. PIman says: Jul 27. brianroesch says: Jul 26. you could run this thing all day from it and keep that van cool all day. 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. shoulder.. any kind.. exchanging oxygen/CO2. Place crushed ice in chest with one gallon of water. 2007.Get a car or truck heater core from a junk yard.

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

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

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

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

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