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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

Related:

Homemade air conditioner – Link


  • AbbieRoad

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

  • markayak

    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.

  • Agronski

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

  • bendotron

    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.

  • Ian

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