HVAC Unit on Historical Property
Our neighbor has recently installed an HVAC unit on the roof of their historical trinity. To our surprise, this was approved by the Historical Commission since the unit can't be seen from the main street. The problem is that we live directly across from the property and can see the unit from inside our house. We are also worried about the noise of the unit. Is there any way that we can appeal the decision by the Historial Commission? Any other suggestions?
Can you post a photo?
Originally Posted by Bettinajones4
A nondescript sceen around the roof unit might suffice. It's doubtful you'll have it removed.
The HC generally only cares about what is visible from the street. I would hate to think our property rights have eroded so far that neighbors can now dictate how we heat or cool our houses because of something on the roof... I'm guessing it's the AC unit, which could either go on the roof or in the yard, and since we're talking about a trinity, there probably wasn't much room in the yard for it, and it's most definitely more preferable to the HC than window units.
It's unlikely that a rooftop HVAC on a trinity (meaning, not huge) is going to make that much noise. And if you live in a city, you're dealing with loud noises all the time.
There are compact silent units that can be wall-mounted from the outside, by Sila and a few others..
they look marginally better.. but at the end of the day.. I agree if it gets rid of street-facing window units, it made the historic street look better, not worse..