When HOA Affects Your Heating, Ventilation and A/C Requirements

Even though most homeowner associations are beneficial, they can complicate heating, ventilation and A/C requirements for property owners.

The purpose of homeowner associations is to protect the interests of their members.

The appearance and upkeep of the public and many private areas are governed by strict rules and regulations. A heating unit is required in each and every dwelling unit, however A/C is not required. In many HOAs, especially in newer developments, window-mounted A/Cs are not allowed, but depending on your community’s restrictions, ductless mini-split A/Cs and heat pumps may be a viable solution to meet your heating, ventilation and A/C needs. Air conditioners and heat pumps such as these are among the most energy-efficient and versatile heating, ventilation and A/C systems available. Multi-home units and large offices can be conditioned with an immense ductless system, however outdoor condensers can be mounted on the exterior wall or sited on the ground. The condensers with central A/C units are smaller and quieter. They have decibel ratings as low as 56, which is the noise level of a suburban street or a restaurant conversation. Attached homes with decentralized heating, ventilation and A/C systems are another HOA concern. There are some immense projects that use commercial-style heating, ventilation and A/C systems. All of these use ductwork to distribute conditioned air. The financial responsibility for ductwork service and repairs might not usually be clear. In this case, it would be best to ask the HOA board to clarify ownership, and review the community’s budget for reserves before you buy. Funds are set aside for community repairs, service, and improvements. As a general rule, HOAs should quote the cost of repairs and replacements over the lifetime of the component and divide the amount by the expected unit lifespan.
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