Keeping cool is a basic human essential in a place like Darwin, particularly in stuffy apartments where there are few windows and limited air flow. In these situations, landlords have a responsibility to provide adequate cooling for their tenants, but there are some things tenants can do, too. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, here are some cool tips for you.
There are plenty of different options available for landlords to help keep their tenants cool, including affordable and reliable air conditioning. If you are a landlord, make sure you do the following:
If your landlord refuses to provide you with an air conditioning system, you have the following options:
There are lots of things you can do to help keep your apartment cooler. This will mean your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Here are just a few suggestions:
Generally speaking, any repairs or replacement of fixed appliances in an apartment are the responsibility of the landlord. The initial installation cost of an air conditioning system will almost certainly fall to the landlord, unless the tenant wishes to purchase a small portable system for themselves. When installing new units, keep the following in mind:
It is not unreasonable to expect tenants to perform basic regular maintenance on the air conditioning unit inside their apartment. This usually involves ensuring the vents are clean and free of dust build up. Generally, tenants will not be responsible for repairs or replacement of the unit, unless the damage has been caused by the following:
Beyond the maintenance performed by tenants, it’s worth having a professional technician service the unit every one to two years. This keeps the system running efficiently and effectively, saving both you and the tenant money in the long run. This also means you’ll be aware and prepared for when the system might need replacing, as the technician will keep you informed of this.
Every landlord wants happy tenants, and keeping them cool and comfortable is one way to achieve this. If you do your research and plan carefully, installing air conditioning in an apartment doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Make sure you find a quality air conditioning company that can give the right advice and install the unit properly.
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