How to Create a Portable AC Unit Out of a Cooler

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I don’t know what the weather’s like where you are today, but here where I live? We just hit over 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time this year— and that’s got me thinking about new, fresh ways to cool off!

We might still have a few days until Memorial Day and several weeks until the actual, official start of summer, but we’re betting a lot of you out there have the same thing on your mind. After all, while some of us are lucky enough to live and work in buildings with central air conditioning, still more of us reside in older buildings that don’t have it at all.

Of course, we always have the option of installing window units, but running them frequently can drive up our electric bills. And unless you hit a great sale, those portable A/C machines aren’t exactly cheap, either, especially when your whole city rushes out to buy them at once.

So is our choice between a comfortable home or a comfortable wallet? Friends, we’re happy to say the answer is no! Thanks to this genius DIY-er over on the YouTube account desertsun02, we have a way to make your very own air conditioner. What’s more, it’s portable, so you don’t have to be stuck in one room in front of the machine all day.

How does he do it? With a regular old Coleman Cooler! Here’s how:

DIY Coleman Cooler Portable Air Conditioner


Hard-sided or Styrofoam cooler
PVC pipe
Small fan

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