How to Make a Tent Air Conditioner

This post will teach you how to make a tent air conditioner using an old window AC unit and cardboard. This design has been tested for its effectiveness in hot weather, and it’s pretty effective at cooling down the inside of your tent. 

This is a great way to beat the heat during those summer months when camping can be uncomfortable due to warm weather or lack of electricity. The only requirement is that you have access to an old window AC unit, which many people may already own.

How to Make a Tent Air Conditioner

8 Reasons Why You Should Make a Tent Air Conditioner:

1. They are cost-effective.

2. Using a tent air conditioner is more accessible than installing an actual air conditioner in your tent.

3. Tent air conditioners can easily be used when camping or at home. When plugged into them, they will not damage any devices and can be unplugged when you’re done with them.

4. Tent air conditioners can be installed and uninstalled depending on your needs, and they can also be used as a fan if needed.

5. Regular air conditioners require more power to run, which can drain your car battery. But our air conditioners are designed to draw less current, so you can keep your music playing and your radio reception strong.

6. Using a tent air conditioner is healthier than using a regular one, as it doesn’t require water to be used and evaporated in the device, which can cause damage to your respiratory system if inhaled for long periods and your cooling pad will last longer.

7. You can install a USB cord to use it as a regular fan.

8. If you own a pop-up camper, it’s the only kind of air conditioner that you can use inside.

Things You’ll Need to Make a Tent Air Conditioner:

  • Duct tape or packing tape
  • A box fan
  • Two Styrofoam cups
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Tap water
  • A power strip or extension cord
Things You'll Need to Make a Tent Air Conditioner

Step by Step Guide: How to Make a Tent Air Conditioner

Here we have mentioned the step-by-step guide on how to make a tent air conditioner.

Step 1: Gather Materials

This project is done out of simple materials. Finding a tent may be challenging, but it will be pretty easy if you already have one. The only tools necessary for this project are a knife and a screwdriver. Even better, most people would already have these items in their house somewhere.

Step 2: Cut An Opening

Make a hole in your tent (where it is cooler) that is large enough for you to fit through but small enough that bugs cannot get in. The best way to do this is by cutting it with a knife. Leave the bottom of the hole attached so it will act as an exhaust port.

Step 3: Attach the Fan

Get a box fan and attach it to one side of the hole to blow cold air from outdoors inside the tent. Use duct tape, rope, or anything else to keep it in place.

Step 4: Make a Cover

To ensure no bugs can get inside, find a piece of plastic large enough to cover the opening and secure it with duct tape. This will keep the air conditioner from losing power because of heat from outside.

Step 5: Use It

Turn it on and enjoy your new tent air conditioner. This is just an example of how you can use everyday items to benefit yourself. Now that you know how to do this, there are endless possibilities for fun DIY projects just waiting to be made. You should start working on them right now!

Some Tips and Tricks:

1. You can plan the direction of the vents by considering where you want to walk.

2. Since you are using cold air, there is a chance that cold water may damage your computer or other electronics. So make sure not to let them get wet!

3. Since this works as an air conditioner, it drains power from your car if you are using your car.

4. Make sure to check for leaks every so often! If you see water coming out of the vents, tighten the duct tape.

5. Tape can be found at hardware stores or home improvement stores. I recommend metal ducting tape because it is more durable than regular duct tape, which usually comes in small rolls that are hard to work with.

6. If you don’t mind spending a bit more money, you can buy an AC unit made for tents with vents so water doesn’t build up inside it.

7. You can use this as a heater, but be careful not to put anything flammable nearby so nothing catches on fire!

8. Can also be used to cool off your car or truck if there is no AC, or it could be used inside an RV!

Can You Use a Portable Ac in a Tent?

Can You Use a Portable Ac in a Tent

Many campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts use portable air conditioners in their tents to keep cool on hot days. However, many don’t realize they can also use them to stay warm on cold days. This is because the principles of how an air conditioning unit works are basically identical to those of a space heater.

And if you’ve ever spent any time in a tent, you know that it’s not the heat outside creating the heat inside. Instead, those poor little wisps of evaporating breath are conspiring to make your days and nights a sauna.


In the end, it is up to you. A tent AC can be a quick and easy way to get some relief from summer heat for your family on a hot day. It may not have all of the features that an air conditioner in a home has, but it provides valuable cooling power when needed.

If you have been considering building your own, check out this article for some detailed instructions on putting one together from scratch. We hope this post on how to make a tent air conditioner was helpful, and we will see you again soon!

Jennifer Branett
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