Homes located within a community that has an HOA (homeowner’s association) may have a set of HVAC requirements unique to that community. HOAs adopt rules and regulations to protect the property values and the well-being and enjoyment of residents.
Some of the more common HOA regulations regarding HVAC systems include those that apply to:
Air conditioners use an outdoor condenser as part of their operation, and they make noise, especially when they first start to run. If your condenser is malfunctioning and making excessive noise, you may need to shut it off until repairs can be made to avoid violating the HOA’s rules.
If you’re replacing your system, check with the HOA first to find out the maximum decibel rating they allow for the condenser. Significant strides have been made over the last few years to make quieter condensers. Before committing to the system, verify with the HOA that the system will be compliant with their rules.
Whether you live in a single-family neighborhood or a condo/townhome project, odds are the HOA’s HVAC requirements will prohibit you from using window or wall air conditioners to protect property values and ensure an attractive streetscape.
An alternative acceptable to most HOAs is to use a ductless mini-split air conditioner. These systems do use an outdoor condenser, but they’re compact, quiet and can sit on the ground. Mini splits are among the most energy efficient air conditioners and heat pumps available, easy to install and offer design flexibility.
Attached condo and townhome projects sometimes use shared HVAC components. When they require maintenance or repairs, the individual owners may have to bear the costs. If you’re not sure of the type of HVAC system your home has and what your responsibilities are, contact the HVAC board for clarification. Simple things, like air filter changes and keeping vent covers clean lower conditioning costs and prevent damage to the equipment.
If you have any questions about the HVAC requirements for your community, contact them to learn their guidelines. For more information or clarification, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, serving Cleveland-area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about HVAC requirements and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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