Cheap AC Units: The Best Air Conditioner for Your Home

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Jeremy Glass Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor Summer is here and the sun's golden rays are finally smacking us upside the head and roasting us crisp faster than you can say "heat stroke." With winter at least six months away (unless you're reading this late, sorry) there has to be some way to cool down without spending all your hard-earned shekels on a pricey new air conditioner. Luckily, there is. For just $19.73, you can make a DIY air conditioner using materials that you probably have in your house. Assuming you like to party and keep large bags of ice in your house.

You can thank me later. Or now.

More: 11 IKEA Hacks to Turn Your Backyard Into a Summer Oasis Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor Materials One bag of ice: $2.09 One rubber dryer tube: $5.67 One styrofoam cooler: $4.99 Pom poms: $0.99 One desk fan: $4.99 Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor Step one Dump all that ice into your little cooler. Dump it like Andrea dumped you back in eighth grade because she thought you had bad breath.

Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor Step two After tracing around your plastic dryer tube, cut a hole in the lid of the cooler with the dopest knife you've got.

Credit: Cole Saladino/Supercompressor Step three Stick the tube in the hole. Hehe. A wider tube means more cold air, but for a small space, this works just fine.

For the final 3 steps in completing this DIY air conditioning, head over to Supercompressor.com!

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So what? This is important to understand because it forms the basis for how your air conditioner works. Your system works by allowing your evaporator coil to expand refrigerant inside of it, causing the coil to cool rapidly.my ac unit outside is blowing out hot air?Unless you have a swamp cooler, your air conditioner is really a heat pump and no air is blown into or out of the house. The compressor (outside) compresses the freon, which makes everything hot. So you have a fan to cool off the hot freon outside. The freon then flows into the house and expands in the cooling coil of your furnace. Expanding gas gets very cold, and you have a fan inside the house to warm up the freonmore insulation in attic or not?Have you cleaned the filter on your air conditioner. I thought my air conditioner was not working to maximum efficiency, cleaned the filter and it runs great. If it was fine before maybe your unit needs maintenance.Why would your air conditioner not shut off!?Points to you for setting your AC to an attainable temperature. It drives me nuts when coworkers ask me to set the temp somewhere in the 60s. "No. Do not ask me again. Go ahead and ask my boss, he will tell you 'no,' too." Some things to check: 1) Filters. Machine's gotta have air moving through it in order to get the work done. 2) What is the temp outside? That makes a difference. Here's where it gets a little more specific. 3) Condenser coils. Are they clean? Hold your hand above the fan of the outdoor unit. Is it blowing air good and strong, straight up? Or does it seem to be flying sideways out of the top of the unit? If it's sideways, you need to clean the coils. You can get coil cleaner at appliance parts places; spray it in with a tank sprayer, let it foam up and push the gunk out, then rinse. Turn the machine off to do this. 4) Same trick with the evaporator coils. Are they clean? Does it have a lot of suction going through those coils, or not? You can do the same coil cleaning trick with the indoor coils. Again, turn it off first. These things, even if the unit is working more-or-less okay, will make it work better. And if it's not keeping up, doing these items will probably get it back to where it can keep up. It's really mundane stuff, easy to forget. But you can not forget it. 5) And finally, the one thing you probably can not do for yourself: check the refrigerant level. That has to be done by someone with certification. Good luck with it.do you need a filter for your air conditioner to work right?Your air conditioner can work without it, but it's not good for it - or you. Without a filter, you get a lot of dust, pollen and other allergens coming into your house whenever you turn on your AC. You can get a universal replacement filter for a couple of bucks and it lasts quite awhile. Hope this helps.Does using your air conditioner burn more gas when driving?Yes but on more modern cars its minimal At highway speeds you use just as much or more with the windows down then with the AC runningShould you turn off your air conditioner before you turn off your car?If you care for your car you would turn the air conditioner off before shutting the car off. When returning to your car to start it again the compressor for the air conditioner loads the motor of my car more making it work harder to cool it down. Turn off the AC 5 minutes before you reach your destination and do not keep it working until the last second. If you are not careful you will be replacing your compressor sooner than later. Just think... Do you shut your monitor off before shutting off your computer?Does turning your air conditioner down (colder) use more electricity?It cycles more often to maintain that cold, which uses more electricity
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