Recycled Styrofoam Air Conditioner

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  • Published on:  Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Today we're building a DIY Air Conditioner unit made popular by Household Hacker and adding our own tweaks to hopefully make it function even better!Check out the Household Hacker's AC video: & “Ring the Bell”: TKOR Merch: What Else I’m Up To:Instagram: Inquiries: For sponsorship requests or business opportunities please contact me directly: by: Marc Torch - "Stay Cool 4"Royalty Free Music from Epidemic Sound: video is only for entertainment purposes. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.✌️👑 RANDOM NATION: TRANSLATE this video and you'll GET CREDIT! Click Here: credit TRANSLATING other videos? Click Here to see where else you can contribute: YOU!! ✌️👑
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  • Morgan Nelson

    Morgan Nelson

     1 months ago +245

    Who else has the hottest room in their house 😂

  • Don Carbon

    Don Carbon

     1 months ago +64

    it works great for about 15 minutes. cute but not practical

  • Elizabeth Rust

    Elizabeth Rust

     1 months ago +61

    I'm making one right now. Adding salt to the ice with make the melting point lower so the air will be even colder.

  • Jason What !

    Jason What !

     3 months ago +85

    Why not throw ice cubes all over your room and turn on the fan?

  • Carl Castañeda

    Carl Castañeda

     a years ago +503

    Please do not do this with dry ice. I've seen other comments recommending dry ice. Don't do it, using dry ice will raise the CO2 levels in the room making you vulnerable to asphyxiation and death.

  • قناة أبو ياسر للتقنية

    قناة أبو ياسر للتقنية

     21 days ago +13

    i think replacing the PVC pipes with copper pipes touching the ice will decrease temperature significantly, if there is copper pipes with that size in the market!!!!

  • Yoda Man

    Yoda Man

     a years ago +48

    refreezable icecubes should solve the "not reusable" problem nicely. since cubes work better than bottles. and no leaks .

  • Beverly Angel

    Beverly Angel

     22 hours ago

    Problem with ice cubes instead of bottles is that, once the ice starts melting and water fills the gaps between the cubes, air can no longer circulate around the cubes but only over the top surface of the ice and water mixture. Together, the AREA of the cooling-surface and the temperature differential between the cooling-surface and the flowing air, determines the rate at which the cooling-surface absorbs heat energy from the air. So, you will get a bigger cooling effect at first, but the cooling effect will drop off rapidly as the surface area over which the air can flow decreases. Once all of the ice is floating in water, you'll get almost no cooling effect even tho the mix of ice and water remains at 32F and still has the capacity to absorb a lot of energy. The outflow temp might continue to be a degree of so less than the inflow temp, but not enough to be noticeably cooler. At that point, you'll need to start over again with fresh ice.
    With the ice and water contained in bottles, the area of cooling-surface remains constant. Therefore the system should continue to cool at pretty much a constant rate until ALL of the ice has melted. So, although at first you get less of a cooling effect with the original system, I think that it will provide more overall cooling (i.e., temp drop x length of time). If 10 degrees of cooling is enough to make your space reasonably comfortable, the original system is probably better.
    And, a problem with the final system shown in the video (where the vent tubes down to an air gap between two layers of ice) is that if the upper layer contains much ice, as it melts it could raise the water level up to the bottom of the vent tubes. At that point, air won't be able to circulate at all!
    The bottom line is that the amount of heat energy that the ice will absorb as it melts is a CONSTANT and depends only upon the amount of ice that you start with. Cold water can then absorb a much smaller amount of heat energy until it reaches ambient air temperature. Again, this is a CONSTANT amount that depends on the amount of H2O you start with and the just how hot the air is. You can do things to make the ice and cold water absorb energy more quickly and thus cause a bigger initial temperature drop, but you can't make it absorb more energy except by using more ice. Thus, the more "cooling effect" you get (i.e., the bigger the initial temperature drop), the less TIME the system will continue to cool.

  • Nicholas Nielsen

    Nicholas Nielsen

     a years ago +117

    Do a Video of how long the AC lasts. Like the affect of the temperature coming out after an hour

  • TechJack


     a years ago +153

    I really like your videos but PLEASE add some kind of disclaimer that this project can NOT BE DONE WITH DRY ICE!
    There are so many dry ice fanatics in your community and I think it is a great risk not to mention the risk of asphyxiation that would come with dry ice due to the CO2!
    Great Video nevertheless!

  • Nerf Media Productions

    Nerf Media Productions

     2 days ago

    I like the idea of it, if you don’t know how to do electrical work. But you could spend $10 more and get a ceiling fan.

  • tyler f-j

    tyler f-j

     4 months ago +68

    3:07 anyone see the Styrofoam staring at you

  • Austin Shoop

    Austin Shoop

     5 days ago +1

    You Should Make A Video Where You Line Up 4 Of Those Coolers Each Feeding In To Each Other Then See The Result

  • Rich Marceau

    Rich Marceau

     5 months ago +33

    Needs a way to drain the melt water... perhaps re-use the spigot from a cheap box of wine.

  • Lojey


     a years ago +380

    To all of you requesting to put dry ice in it!!! Dry Ice is Solid CO2 so when it's sublimating it instantly turns into said CO2. It would raise the the CO2 Level in your room so much that you could die. Don't do it.

  • 319tippy


     1 months ago +4

    Totally made one and using it right now! I'm finally comfortable in this 80 degree house. Gonna slept this thing LOL

  • Arthur E. Michalak

    Arthur E. Michalak

     1 months ago +28

    Spread course salt over the ice to dramatically lower the temperature of the melt water.

  • Thicc Boi

    Thicc Boi

     5 months ago +32

    Put ice inside the tubes so that the air really has to go through the ice

  • Paul Gann

    Paul Gann

     2 months ago +18

    Air can't flow through melted water. Oncs the melted water gets to the bottom of the pipe. It's not going to work.

  • Swift4Eva OnyX

    Swift4Eva OnyX

     6 months ago +10

    Aussie kids where we all at? Being from Straya in the middle of.summer with no aircon I'm literally making this now. Thanks