How to Air Condition a Tent [8 Best Tips] – GearDetects

How to Air Condition a Tent

How to Air Condition a Tent

A lot of people are aware of the summer camps that start in various parts of the world. We also believe that warm weather in summers is always the best season to go out for camping. The days are long and there is a sense of calmness in the air as well. 

However, summer camps come up with a lot of benefits as well as a few difficulties. One of the major obstacles for any touring party during summers is to keep their tents air conditioned. 

Hot weather can certainly take a toll on humans as well as their camps. In order to avoid getting uncomfortable in your hot tent, it is extremely necessary to keep it air conditioned and suitable for use. 

There are some regular tourists that believe that it is not possible to properly air-condition a tent. We think otherwise because there are some key steps that can give you air-condition like experience inside a tent. 

If we start from scratch, there are various things that you’d need in order to earn tent air conditioning. A tent with an AC port is also very vital along with a reliable electrical source and an AC stand as well.

Tent Air Conditioners:

If you’re looking for camping AC then there are at least two major types of air conditioners to pick from. They are best suited for air conditioning a tent and it also includes the window AC unit alongside a free-standing air conditioner.

Window AC Units and Tents:

A window air conditioning unit is one of the best and most common options as far as tent air -conditioning is concerned. We’d personally suggest a smaller sized unit because you wouldn’t feel any inconvenience while transporting it and moving it around. A smaller sized unit will help and accommodate you in many ways. 

Another huge reason of choosing a smaller window AC unit is that they will come with a very few BTU’s and it will protect the tent against dampness and getting too cold. Tents during summer camps are not wide enough to place a large window AC unit because it can potentially overwhelm the tent with cold air.

Using a free standing Air Conditioner:

There is another type of air conditioners that are not huge and are free standing. They are portable and are made to be used particularly with tents during summer camps. The AC units that we discussed earlier are meant to be handing off the side and outside of the tent, these freestanding ACs have the potential to sit inside the tent and come equipped with a hose that runs outside.

You also don’t need to arrange for a tent an AC port because the stealthiness of these ACs does not need them at all. The only thing that can be seen on the outside of the tent is a small hose that can be taken through with the help of a hole that will accommodate a 6 or 8-inch hose.

DIY Tent Air Conditioners:

DIY Air Conditioners are an effective way of cooling your entire tent and get rid of the sticky, hot and humid weather during summer camps. These homemade/handmade air conditioners are suitable for tents and other small places like your desk work. Let’s check out some of the brilliant DIY AC projects that can keep your tent air conditioned.

Milk Carton AC:

These two methods are by far the most effective as far as DIY Tent Air Conditioners are concerned. You are likely to find the particulars at your home and turn your milk carton into a fantastic mini cooling machine. You are going to need a computer fan and a 12W ac adapter. 

Place the fan on the upper side of the carton and do the required wiring. Seal the gaps on the sides of the milk carton and you can also use a connector to import electricity. You can find videos of the whole process and understand it better.

Copper Coiled Air Conditioner:

The science behind the copper coiled air conditioner is a small electric water pump that is basically used for circulation of water inside an aquarium. With the help of this method, you’re going to pump cool water through copper coils that are attached to a fan, therefore; forming a very useful and effective cooling system.

Small Desktop Cooler:

Another amazing DIY hack to make a homemade cooling system is possible with the help of a 9-volt battery and a small computer fan. It has the ability to direct air in almost all directions and can be modified to spread its effect in just one direction as well. 

You can watch videos of the whole process on the internet and we’d certainly recommend you to go through these videos before trying anything at home.

Oscillating Fan and Ice Air Conditioner:

There is another magnificent way of cooling your entire tent by forming an Oscillating Fan and an Ice Air Conditioner. For this purpose, you’re going to need a fan and two plastic soda bottles. 

The bottles need to be modified by cutting off the ends and punching holes in the sides. The next step is to strap them to the back of the fan and fill the bottles with cold ice. We believe that you’re going to get an amazing cool air inside your tent and it will definitely cheer me your mood in scorching heat.

Electric and a Camping AC Stand:

The last two methods for camping with air conditioning are electricity and an AC stand. As we all know, air conditioners are bound to use a lot of electricity and you are going to need solar power or batteries to particularly run them. 

Therefore, we recommend using a reliable source or 120V electricity when you are trying to camp with air conditioning. You can also use an evaporative cooler instead of 120V electricity. The coolers will use 75% less power than a normal standard AC unit that can run off of batteries.

You should also keep in mind that using some sort of AC stand is vital if you’re planning to use a window unit because it will support the weight of the air conditioner. Also, we believe that tent walls are too fragile to bear the weight of an AC unit by themselves.


These were some of the major ways to air condition a tent. We have tried our best to describe the dos and don’ts of this field. Also, we believe that enough amount of light was shed on various techniques of air conditioning a camp during summer holidays. We truly hope that a lot of our followers cum travelers will benefit from this guide. 

Write it down in the comments below if you have any queries. We shall try and answer them precisely. See you soon in our next guide. Until then, goodbye and good luck with whatever you choose. 


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