Air conditioning hack!

Yes, the central air unit went out again.  And no – no one has an a/c window unit for sale.  The first thing I did was get the air mattresses back out and sleep in the basement.  Is it comfortable? Certainly not, but I have to go to work every day so sleep is what I need.

It was over 90 degrees in the upstairs of the house, where the bedrooms and office are located.  I remember seeing somewhere on line probably about 10 years ago now, how to cool down on a budget.

Start with a Styrofoam cooler, we found some in the attic.


Then I used a drywall knife.  You can use any serrated knife. I cut a hole in the side, but closer to to the top half of the box. It does not have to be perfectly circular to work.  Do not stress over this part of the project.


I added some freezer packs to help keep the ice colder for as long as possible.


I then added ice.  We used what the ice maker in the freezer made, plus some from the ice cube trays that I put in the other freezer previously.


I used a few pallet boards to balance the fan face down onto the ice and turned the fan on low.  The fan pushes air over the ice. Cooling the air. The cooler air then escapes out the easiest route, the hole that you cut in the side of the cooler.


The air that comes out of the box is not freezing, but it is much nicer than 90 degrees.

Because I used ice which melts it is very important that the hole that is cut into the box is not closer to the bottom. You don’t want water slowly leaking all over the floor.  In the morning I used the melted ice to water the plants.  This is not intended to be the fix all for air-conditioning.  It did help out until the new fan was put into the central air unit.

RickabaughReviews loves air-conditioning and the neighbor who fixes it for us.

Author: jeanetelouise

I see many project ideas online and I want to try them all. Watch, laugh and learn along with me.

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