With the temperatures in Acadiana routinely reaching the high 90s and heat indices well into the 100s, we're all scrambling for ways to try and stay cool.

Maybe this DIY homemade bucket air conditioner is just what you're looking for.

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Jeremy Zero via Unsplash.com

How To Make a DIY Bucket Air Conditioner

This DIY air conditioner works on the principle of evaporative cooling or using ice to cool the air.

This idea is cheap and easy and if it really works could just help you get some relief from these high temps and get you through the next few months.

Materials Needed:

1. 5-gallon bucket with lid

2. Styrofoam liner (optional but improves efficiency)

3. PVC pipes or elbow joints (3 pieces, about 2-3 inches in diameter)

4. Small fan (battery-operated or USB-powered)

5. Ice or frozen water bottles

6. Drill and hole saw

7. Utility knife

8. Duct tape (optional for securing parts)

Temperatures Soar To Highest Of The Year
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As you'll see in the video, this guy is actually running his with a small solar panel which is really cool but not mission-critical.

The idea behind a bucket AC like this simple and there are quite a few products on the market that are basically the same thing.

Arctic Air Cooler

It could be perfect for keeping cool while you're hanging out BBQing in the backyard.

You could even power this with your vehicle to stay cool tailgating.

If you've got some work to do in your garage or some climbing to do in your attic, you could set up a couple of these to cool things off so you don't have a heat stroke.

If you did decide to run this with a solar panel, this could be a great addition to your hurricane preparedness checklist.


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