Summer’s here and your air conditioning went out. How do you stay cool until it can be repaired? I’ll show you this great hack, plus give you even more ways to keep your cool when it gets hot! This is the Redneck Air Conditioner DIY Tutorial.
Why You Need to Know How to Make a Redneck Air Conditioner?
A few years ago, during the worst heatwave, we’d experienced in a couple of decades, our air conditioner suddenly stopped ‘air conditioning’ our home. We happen to live in a late’70s cookie cutter suburban home. The builder didn’t think that things like good airflow through a house. It would ever be something needed in the south.
Fast forward to us sweating like crazy, unable to open up the house to get any airflow at all (not that . There is good airflow in the middle of a Texas summer at 110F -it’s dead). Our fans could only do so much to help keep us cooler. However, it was miserably hot, and we had to wait for the AC repair guy to come to take a look. We had to spend one night without AC and it was miserable. It is because you just could not get cool, thus you couldn’t sleep. We spent quite a bit of time at McDonald’s because they had wifi & AC. It was better than sitting in the sweltering heat of our house while we waited for the repairman to show up.
While we were at home, we came up with a great “redneck” hack that would help us, at least in a small way, stay cool.
How to Make a Redneck Air Conditioner?
- Get a large container of ice. We choose to use a stainless steel bowl since it doesn’t insulate well to help create even more chill.
- Get a fan.
- Set ice in front of the fan.
- Turn on the fan.
- Sit in front of the fan and chill ;)
Really – it’s that easy. You’re blowing the cold and moisture from the ice into your space. If you’re sitting, set up a small fan and cup of ice next to you on an end table. If it’s really hot, it doesn’t travel far. But it’s a good cold zone if you need one, and man did we need one that day.
More Ideas to Keep Cool in the Summer
If you want to ‘redneck it a little more permanently, try these ideas. So, build your own from a 5-gallon bucket!
Souped-up 5-gallon cooler from Graywolf Survival
While lots more tips require house modifications to help keep you cool, what are some tricks and tips you have for keeping your cool in the summer heat?
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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.
She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.
Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).
Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.
Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.
Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.
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