Talking About Air Conditioners

Make A Temporary Air Conditioner With Items You Have Around Your House

If you get caught in the heat with an air conditioner that doesn't want to work, you'll want to have an HVAC technician come out as soon as you can. However, HVAC repair companies can be very busy, especially when it first starts heating up and everyone turns on their AC for the first time in months. You can make a temporary air conditioner you can use to cool off a room in your house until the technician is able to come out to fix your unit. Follow the instructions below to make a temporary AC using items you may already have around the house.

Supplies you will need:

  • 5 gallon bucket with lid
  • 1 cardboard center from a roll of gift wrapping paper
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • 1 Small fan
  • 1 bag of ice or a frozen gallon of water
  • 1 hacksaw


To make the temporary air conditioner you will take the lid off the bucket and cut a hole in the top of it that's slightly smaller than the circumference of the fan. Cut three holes in the bucket about three-fourths of the way up. The holes need to be the same circumference as the cardboard roll.

Cut the cardboard roll into three pieces that are about 8-inches long. Wrap each piece completely in duct tape. Put each taped roll into the holes you cut and tape them to the bucket securely.

Put the bag of ice, or the frozen gallon of water into the bucket. Put the lid onto the bucket and set the fan onto the hole with the blades blowing the air down into the bucket. Plug the fan in and turn it on.

You will find that this type of temporary air conditioner can do a good job of keeping a smaller sized room cool. You want to make sure you keep the windows and doors shut so you get the most out of the AC.

It's best if you use this AC in one of the rooms located on the bottom floor of your home, these rooms are going to be easier to keep cool than upstairs rooms since heat rises.

Once you get the HVAC technician out to your home, you will be able to get your real air conditioning unit up and running. It's a good idea to put the one you made in the garage, just in case you find you ever have a need for it again. To find out more, contact a business like One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning.