How to make cool air with a cooler of ice and a fan

Written by corey m. mackenzie
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How to make cool air with a cooler of ice and a fan
A simple fan cooler can make hot days more bearable. (Getty Creative)

When temperatures rise, it isn’t only uncomfortable: Your life could be in danger, particularly if you are elderly or in poor health. If you don’t have an air conditioner, or your air conditioner breaks down temporarily, you can still keep cool air flowing in a room for a while. It will cost you only the price of a bag of ice and a cooler—the latter you can even borrow from a friend or find cheaply at a garage sale or discount store.

Things you need

  • Towel
  • Cooler (or ice chest)
  • Ice
  • Fan, any kind
  • Cup
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Place a towel on a table and place the cooler on this towel. Because cool air sinks, it’s best to have the cooler of ice elevated—otherwise, the cool air will simply linger around the floor.

  2. 2

    Open the cooler lid or, if possible, remove the lid entirely. If the lid is hinged and therefore not removable, simply open it as far as it will go.

  3. 3

    Fill the cooler completely with ice. The more ice, the better. For best results, the ice should be level with or slightly above the top rim of the cooler.

  4. 4

    Place a fan behind the cooler and turn it on. The air should flow directly over the ice, so you will need to adjust the height and distance of the fan accordingly; this may mean, for example, placing a fan a foot or more behind the cooler and placing it on a chair. Just make sure the fan will not tip over.

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