Save yourself some money and beat the heat this summer with an easy DIY air conditioner build. By making your own air conditioner, you will be able to enjoy a portable cooling system that costs a fraction of what traditional air conditioning units cost and you’ll have on-the-spot cooling wherever you happen to be enjoying your summer day at.
Check out these 23 diy air conditioners and get busy building your own cooling system today.
1- Cool Air From A Hot Water Heater
It may sound unbelievable, but you can actually build a DIY air conditioner from a hot water heater. There may be a broken water heater sitting in your house, ready to be taken to the junkyard. Donor parts such as a refrigerator compressor are also necessary for this project. You may be able to find these parts around the house or at your local junkyard, giving you the option to live a little greener by reusing old parts. Reusing older parts is also a great way to save money on your homemade air cooler, you just have to play around to see which parts work the best. When you’re finished, you have an alternative to central air conditioning, which is essential when the weather warms up.
2- Cardboard Box Air Conditioner
That’s right, you’re building a homemade air conditioner with cardboard boxes. With three fans at two temperatures, you’re sure to keep a smaller space cool when the temperature rises. Now, you may not want to move three cardboard air conditioners, so it’s important to place them in a spot that cools your preferred area. If you’re worried about aesthetics, you can always find a way to decorate the cardboard boxes. One idea is to use cardboard boxes from store-bought items, as they won’t be as plain to look at. Living on a budget doesn’t mean you should suffer from the heat, so use this DIY air conditioner with fan to stay cool even when your funds are limited.
3- Spot Cooling
This is a great DIY air conditioner design to use when spot cooling is needed. A perfect unit to place beside a couch or chair for an extra bit of coolness.
4- Portable Cardboard Air Conditioner
Another project for building a DIY air cooler with cardboard, you can actually create vents for blowing out air. It also includes holes so you can access the power button and temperature display. The best part is this DIY air conditioner is portable, allowing you to move it from room to room with ease. This is great if you’re only looking to cool down the room you’re currently using. The air conditioner is also a decent size, so you may decide to build a second one for your home, especially if you need a unit for another floor. Once again, you can find a way to dress up the box if you’re looking to add a little style to your unit, or you can leave it alone and focus on the cool air.
5- Bucket DIY Air Conditioner
Use this budget-friendly building plan to create a stylish DIY bucket air conditioner for under $60. The portability allows you to take it with you from room to room so you can keep cool anywhere in the house.
6- DIY Ice Cooler Air Conditioner
Transform an inexpensive Styrofoam cooler into a portable ice air conditioner that will lower the temperature in any room of your home. Less than $20 will keep you cooler this summer.
7- Box Fan Cooling and Heating
Use these unique plans to build a unit that will cool the air and chill a beverage at the same time. This same DIY unit will heat the air and beverage during the winter months. All you need is a box fan, Styrofoam ice chest and some DIY ingenuity.
8- $20 Homemade Air Conditioner
Get cooler instantly when you create this simple and inexpensive homemade air conditioner. An ice chest, bag of ice and small fan are the major components of this DIY build and the results are chilling.
9- Non-Electric DIY Air Cooler
No electricity needed for this diy swamp cooler. Great for off-grid camping or living, plus this plan recycles plastic bottles to create a homemade air conditioner without ice or the use of natural resources.
10- Build DIY Air Conditioner For Less Than 50$
When serious cooling is needed without spending serious cash, use this under $40 DIY plan that creates an air conditioner that can chill a room down to 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
11- DIY Evaporative Cooler
Cool the air and your drinks with this unique evaporative cooling design. Warm water is used to create an evaporation cooler that can chill you and three canned drinks at the same time.
12- Homemade Solar Power Air Conditioner
Harness the power of the sun to cool down the inside temperature created by the sun with these easy plans. A solar powered bucket air conditioner cost little to build and nothing to run.
13- Cheap DIY Air Conditioner
Recycle an old five gallon bucket and small fan to create this efficient air conditioner that has the capacity to cool down an entire room.
14- Simple Homemade Air Conditioner
This homemade air conditioner is so simple, it boggles the mind. Three bottles of salted water and a fan are all that’s needed to keep you cool all day.
15- Effective and Inexpensive DIY Swap Cooler
Keep cool this summer without spending a lot of cash with these plans to create a ice chest air conditioner. It’s effective and portable so you can stay cooler inside or outside.
16- Solar DIY Evaporative Cooler
Here are some DIY plans that will enable you to build a large air conditioner that will cool your entire home with solar energy. Easy to build, cheap to operate.
17- Well Water Cooler
Perfect DIY design for an air conditioning unit if you have well water at home. Well water is typically very cold and that coldness can easily be harnessed and used to cool your home with these step-by-step instructions.
18- DIY Swamp Cooler
Go anywhere cooling power is what this homemade swamp cooler with provide you with. Battery power runs this ice chest cooler and it provide enough cooling power for for an off-grid camping trip.
19- DIY Air Conditioner With A Box Fan and Cooler
If you like the idea of building a portable air conditioner, you may enjoy this homemade air conditioner project. For this project, you’re going to build a unit with a box fan and cooler. Who knew you could build an air conditioner using common items? Your homemade air conditioner pumps cold water into the cooler through the tubing, which allows the fan to blow cool air throughout the room. You can also build your box fan air conditioner for just $100 or less, making this a budget-friendly way to cool your space.
20- DIY Air Cooler From A Bucket
You can learn how to make air conditioner with a bucket, which is the perfect DIY swamp cooler for your next camping trip. Of course, you need something to circulate the air, and this is where a computer case fan comes in. Use a high-speed fan to circulate a good amount of cool air. If you’re looking for another way to build a homemade air conditioner without ice, you can rest assured that 2 ½ gallons of cold water are enough to create cool air with this device.
21- Handheld DIY Air Conditioner
A handheld DIY air conditioner is an eco-friendly, portable device that doesn’t cost a lot of money to build. In fact, you’re building this air conditioner with ice water, as well as a stainless steel thermos and fan. You don’t even need to worry about using a lot of parts because it runs on four AA batteries. This homemade air conditioner is similar to the box fan and cooler project, as it uses tubing to pump the ice water and circulate cool air. Whether you’re at home or the park, you can easily carry your handheld air conditioner with you.
22- DIY Air Conditioner For Your Van
Going on a drive in a hot van is never any fun, but you can solve this problem by building an air conditioner for your van. It’s amazing what you can do with a cooler, fan motor and several bags of ice. You can power it up by plugging it into the USB port. One idea is to use an infrared thermometer to keep track of the temperature, since your unit may not include a thermostat or display. Whether you’re taking a road trip with friends or working as a delivery driver, an air conditioner for your van can keep you cool in the hot weather.
23- Peltier and Fan DIY Air Conditioner
A Peltier uses electrical energy to cool down an object or area, so why not use Peltier modules to build an air conditioner? For cooling, you’re going to use an aluminum heat sink and fan, and you may need to use more than one fan to create an effective cooling system. Just like with the air conditioner for your van, it never hurts to invest in an infrared thermometer so you can make sure it’s cooling to a reasonable temperature. It may seem like a small unit, but you can use it to stay cool at your desk in your home office, or you can place it in a small bedroom to avoid buying a second unit. If you’re only using it for yourself, this may be a good way to stay cool without breaking the bank.
Remember, when using ice for your DIY air conditioner, you want to give it about 20 minutes for the ice to cool the interior of the device.
As you can see, there are several choices for building a homemade air conditioner. You can build a unit for your home or van, or you can build a handheld unit to carry with you. A DIY air conditioner is a great way to stay cool regardless of your budget.