For $15 You Can Build The Perfect Backup Air Conditioner

Everyone has the same pressing need in the summertime. They all want to stay cool, which is a cinch for the most part. In the modern world, keeping the temperature low indoors is usually as easy as a click of a button or a turn of the knob.

However, everyone should have some kind of backup plan for their AC needs. You never know when the power will go out, or your air conditioner will break. That may sound like a trivial matter. It’s the sort of issue that makes snide people groan and say, “1st world problems, am I right?” But you should take the heat seriously, because hundreds of Americans die from heat related causes every year. So you should always have an alternative for your standard AC unit.

Fortunately, those alternatives don’t have to be expensive. In fact, you might already have everything you need to make an air conditioner, lying around your home. Check out this DIY cooler, which consists of nothing more than a fan, a styrofoam ice chest, and a piece of PVC pipe. It can even be powered by a solar panel.

Stay frosty!

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Originally published July 22nd, 2017
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  • Freedomwoman

    So if the grid is down, where does the ice come from?

    • genann59

      Exactly my question. The missing part of this plan.

    • J_in_TX

      Keep a block or two in the freezer just in case.

      • paratrooper

        i make ice via the generator. fridge is always plugged in.

    • Utter nonsense for any real emergency. Anybody ever hear of a swamp cooler ? that is far superior to this and can also be run on solar easily and no ice required just some water. And if water is a problem any shade and a fan will definitely keep you cool. I have not turned on my AC in years and it gets very hot where I live , over 100 regularly for at least 2 months and 90 even more often. What the hell did people do back before electricity ? This article is worthless and for fat asses !

  • You could also use a couple of juice or soda bottles filled with water that has been frozen.

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