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WFLA readers, viewers share homemade A/C photos, tips

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Marco Fusaronel constructed this homemade A/C for $72. WFLA Facebook page photo Marco Fusaronel constructed this homemade A/C for $72. WFLA Facebook page photo

A story we posted last week about how you can construct a homemade air conditioner for very little money went viral, prompting plenty of tips and photos.

In case you missed it, we told you about a man who created an inexpensive air conditioner using a cooler, fan, pvc pipe and an ice block.

More than 1.3 million people saw the story on the WFLA Facebook page.

It turns out, many News Channel 8 viewers and readers have constructed air conditioners themselves. Some say they're a great idea, others were not to keen on the contraption.

"I'm making one right now from a used cooler I picked up from a garage sale for two dollars and a fan I got from a thrift store for 3$ and I already happened to have the PVC 90. It can be made in about 10 minutes and that's with a beer break," wrote Victor Stott on the WFLA Facebook page.

We made one of these and it cost a lot more than $8. Cooler - $20 on sale, 15 watt solar panel - $35, fan - $12, and PVC tubing ~ $5. It does work like they say though," wrote Marco Fusaro.

"My husband has one in the garage. You need a thick foam cooler (I think it is one that they ship meat in - about 2-3" thick). We have a small round fan and 2 outlet pipes. For ice, we use water frozen in old coffee cans and large Tupperware. Ice keeps for a very long time 7-8 hrs. Dropped temp in garage about 12-15 degrees," said Kim Snyder-Davis.

"Show me proof that thing works, I have built 2 different ones over the years and NEITHER put out air @ 42 degrees for more than 5 minutes," wrote Michael Thompson.

"My honey made one of these & we used it in the back of our SUV on a road trip. kept the kids nice & cool!!!" said Michelle Maynard.

"I'm thinking "spare cabin AC" when my camper-van is parked, like when camping, and the engine is not running but the two batteries are fully charged," wrote Jennifer Gopinathadasi Woodward.

"The assumption may be many have a cooler they no longer use. I can testify these do work for a couple hours, then you got a reload. I paid over $400 for a similar product. Works great in plane since most flights are less 1.5 hours, and back seat is always empty," wrote Mark Honeycutt.

"Be great for a tent. Use a small cooler a computer fan 12vt. I made one of these years ago just playing around and it worked i filled mine half way with water and put it in deep freezer it lasted 3 hrs," said Greg Mccarter.

"Freeze gallon jugs of water and reuse them," advised Shawn Knight.

Mary Ellen Francis says there is no need to use a pvc pipe. "I made one for camping, I used cheap Styrofoam cooler and cut hole in side. No pipe," she said.

"Someone at the ballpark had one of these. I was envious," said Sandra Brown.

"I'm a mailman. The postal service does not supply an air conditioner to us, but they do have a good heater that puts out heat 365 days a year whether you want it to or not. I'll get to building an homemade AC unit like yours. Good story. Thanks," wrote Greg Woehl.

Reader Rebeca Fischer sent photos of her homemade air conditioner and said she used a styrofoam cooler instead of a plastic one.

"Saw your cooler. Bought a small fan for 9.99 at KMart. Had the styrofoam cooler on hand and much easier to cut. Works great. Puppies like it as they are in the garage with fans on them. Live in Hernando Fl 20 or so miles S of Ocala. Probably would be great for camping. (especially in a tent on a hot day or night) thanks for the idea."

Another reader did not share Fischer's excitement.

"My air went out so I built one. I live in a mobile home & the indoor temp is over 100. The ice was gone in under 2 hours. This may work in lower temps but, it's a joke at these temps!!!" wrote Tony Kirtos.

Have you invented any gizmos? Let us know. Send an email and photos to

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