Making A Plastic Bin AC Unit

If you are without air conditioning, you can make one out of things you have laying around the house. This will help you keep your home at a cooler temperature until you are able to find a more permanent solution. This article will take you through the steps of putting together your own air conditioning unit out of a plastic storage bin.

Gather the necessary supplies

  • A medium sized storage bin with a tightly fitted lid
  • A box cutter
  • A small fan
  • Duct tape
  • A cardboard tube from the center of gift wrapping paper
  • A bag of ice 
  • A marker
  • Aluminum foil

Preparing the storage bin

Remove the lid from the storage bin and set it aside for now. Take the fan and place it against the back of the storage bin, toward the top. Go around the fan with the marker, making sure to trace it as close to the fan as possible.

Take the cardboard tubes and cut two pieces off that are about 6 to 8 inches long. Outline one of the tubes on the plastic bin, on the opposite side of the fan outline. You want to make two outlines, since you will have two tubes inserted in the bin. Make the outlines near the top of the bin.

Use the box cutter to carefully cut along your outlines and remove the plastic scraps. Place the fan in the hole you cut out and use the duct tape to secure it in place. Make sure the fan can't fall into the bin with the ice; this would cause an electrical shock hazard. If you cut correctly, you should be able to push the fan in the hole enough that it will fit nicely. Put the cardboard tubes in the holes so they go in the bin about an inch. Use the duct tape to secure them in place.

Put a layer of crumbled up aluminum foil on the bottom of the bin. Also, tape a layer of crumbled up aluminum foil to the bottom of the lid. Line the inside with foil and cut out holes where the fan and tubes are. This is going to give you added insulation.

Put ice in the plastic bin. You should put in as much ice as you can without it reaching the level of the fan and tubes. When you turn the fan on, it will blow air over the cold ice and out the tubes; this will help cool the room.


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