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Cheap Do-It-Yourself Air Conditioner!

Hey all.
I was just looking for cheap air conditioning solutions. It's hot hot hot in the West Coast! I bumped into some cool videos:

Homemade Air Conditioner DIY Project Worlds Cheapest AC!


Redneck Air Conditioner - Cheap Cool Air


The first video solution seems so easy to do (but use frozen water bottles instead of ice unless you want to get shocked!)
I thought this was cool and just wanted to share!

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in 1 week you would lose

in 1 week you would lose those cost, so yes if you need ac for 1-5 dayds then you are correct. good luck wasting money. the math is correct at the lowest level so if you can cool a room or house with one bag of free ice a day you win.

Ron Paul 2016

So you are saying

that in 1 week you would use over $300 in ice?
A quick check of portable air conditioner I found this one - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Danby+-+8%2C000+BTU+Portable+Air...
Danby - 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner
With taxes figure over $300 for something made in China, that you may use for only a few days each year? No thanks, I'll sit on an ice cube first!

I agree that it is less

I agree that it is less expensive to run a regular air conditioner, but whether or not this is a waste of time or money is going to be dependent on the situation at hand and how much an individual values his or her comfort.

Drain the swamp!

if you have an ac and it

if you have an ac and it doesn't cool your house better to invest in an ac.

it is practical if you have no electric and can have a solar to run the fan but you still need a free ice source since if you make ice at home. the fridge will put out more heat then this ac can put out cool air. common sense

anyone thinking this willsave you money will lose money the minute they use it.

practical if you have no electric, then you need solar to power the fan but you still need free ice not from your home or you are paying more for this redneck expensive ac then you would a reg ac.

please explain in any scenario how it is cheaper. it is not do the math. it is impossible.

Ron Paul 2016

I don't disagree

Over the long term, a regular air conditioner is definitely the more economical way to go for cooling. For temporary spot cooling, however, this sort of thing could make sense.

Back when I was in college (over 20 years ago), a buddy of mine rented an apartment. The rent included all utilities, but the lease forbade the installation of an air conditioner. He did something like this during a heat wave to keep his tiny bedroom cool at night. He just kept his freezer full of ice.

Drain the swamp!