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Whether your air conditioner is on the blink or, perhaps, you just don’t have central air in your home, I’ve got a simple idea for cheap AC.

This tip will give you that cool blast without costing a lot of cold cash!

A simple box fan, or an oscillating fan that you can set to stay in one position, is the first thing you’ll need.

Next, to create ‘cheap ac,’ find a large bowl and fill it with ice. Then, place this bowl in front of the blowing fan and you’ve got yourself a homemade air conditioner!

That’s because it uses the basics of modern air conditioning — at a fraction of the cost. As air blows over the ice, it cools it down considerably, and you get the benefit.

But, of course, if you use this cheap ac alternative over several hours, be prepared to add a little more ice as needed.

Also, while this won’t work to cool down an entire room or an entire house, it’s perfect for individual comfort or small spaces.


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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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