If you live in a place that’s hot year round (like me in Florida) then you are always looking for ways to stay cool. Whether that’s wearing lighter clothing, staying in the shade, eating ice cream, or anything else it’s always on your mind.
One way is making your own air conditioning units, especially if you can make it with dry ice.
Where Would A Home Made AC Unit Be Used?
Growing up in Maine, the summers could get hot. Because we only had hot weather for about a week we never had an air conditioner. But for the price, a dry ice air conditioner could have helped, especially since we wouldn’t have had to cool the whole house just a room or two.
I would say the best benefit would be to save money, cool one room but leave the others hot, cool the rooms you’re actually going to be in verses a whole house. It won’t take as much electricity, so you’ll save money.
How Do You Actually Make It?
You will need a
- 5-gallon bucket
- PVC pipes
- a small fan
- a drill
- and a knife
- duck tape
- dry ice
Cut holes on the side of the bucket for the PVC to be taped to. Then cut a hole in the lid large enough for the fan to lay on top. Then simply put the ice in the bucket, turn the fan on and enjoy the cool air. Below is a video that explains it way better.
Dry Ice VS Regular?
Regular ice is likely going to be cheaper (depending on where you live). However the thought of mixing water and electricity makes me uneasy. However, if you put the pipes high enough, and make sure not to put too much ice in, then the water won’t be a problem.
Dry ice may concern you because you will be in essence putting CO2 into the air you breath. That sounds really bad so I dug a little deeper. If you have ever been to a party and a punch bowl had fog coming off of it, you have probably had punch that had dry ice IN you drink.
DryIceInfo.org shows the many different things dry ice can be used for, one of which is for food. So if it’s put in the things we drink, why wouldn’t it also be ok for it to be in something we use to cool our house. Obviously I’m not an expert and this is my own opinion, but if you use only one unit and the room it’s in isn’t a closet you should be fine.
Ultimately either ice will work, they both have positives and negatives, and when you are dying of heat all you want to do is be cool. So whichever is easier to get use that.
Survive The Heat With A Dry Ice Air Conditioner
If you live where you don’t have central air, or just want to only cool one room, then this may be a great solution. It costs less then $20 and takes less then 20 minutes.
Though regular ice may be a great alternative, dry ice can work without the risk or electrocution.
By using this you can stay cool no matter what the temperature outside is.
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