At the time of this post, July 5th 2012, a large part of the U.S.A. is ravaged by a 100F+ heat wave. Here’s a timely five gallon solution to this extreme weather:
This idea is sent in by a reader Geoff B. who has built one of these for his home. He says he is using a duct fan instead of a PC fan, but either works fine. Geoff says a single unit will not cool an entire room, but is effective for localized cooling around a single human being.
As you might already know, swamp cooler technology uses evaporation to create the moist cooling they are known for. Like the pot-in-pot refrigerator, this means the drier your climate, the better swamp coolers will work.
To make the swamp cooler, you will need the following Ingredients:
- Five gallon bucket with lid
- 2 computer fans
- Irrigation tube
- Shade cloth
- Fountain pump
- Air conduit
- 12v DC power
If you think you’d like to take this project on, see the full step-by-step tutorial with lots of details and pictures on rengeekcentral.com.
See also a simpler design that will work in any climate: the 5 Gallon Bucket Air Conditioner