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Markayak took the matter of cenral air into his own hands -

DIY Central Air: Cold air output of the 2-ton wall unit is piped via duct tape and poly dropcloth to the nearest heat register. Furnace filter was replaced with a plywood panel (not pictured) to prevent backflow. Heating ductwork was used to distribute cool air to the bedrooms.

Aah comfort – the great motivator! – Link

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Homemade air conditioner – Link

Collin Cunningham

Born, drew a lot, made video, made music on 4-track, then computer, more songwriting, met future wife, went to art school for video major, made websites, toured in a band, worked as web media tech, discovered electronics, taught myself electronics, blogged about DIY electronics, made web videos about electronics and made music for them … and I still do!


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  1. AbbieRoad says:

    cool idea, but I bet the plastic bags make it noisy. That would probably irritate me moreso than the actual heat!

  2. markayak says:

    I don’t know about that other setup linked as “Related”, buf for mine the big AC unit itself was the noisiest part, the plastic duct actually muffled it a bit, and downstream in the bedrooms I could hardly hear a thing. However, condensation was an issue. Later, I added a couple plastic paint trays to catch the drips, and an inner-tube drain line to a plastic bottle.

  3. Agronski says:

    “No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater… than Central Air…”
    – Azrael, from ‘Dogma’

  4. bendotron says:

    I know someone who did this with a series of bags taped together and a fan in his basement. The air in the basement was much cooler than the rest of the house, so there was no need for an active cooling system.

  5. Ian says:

    Seems more intuitive to direct the output of the AC unit to a cold air intake and leverage the forced air fan to distribute.