Swamp Cooler

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:

diy swamp coolerThis 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

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