Why can’t my friend and I see the Heating device

According to a rule laid about by the HOA in our planned community, homeowners need to keep the Heating & A/C component from view, however all residential Heating & A/C has to be screened from street level view or be in the back of a fenced in yard! Why? This is what I’ve been asking myself for the past couple of months as I try to help my friend deal with an obstinate HOA board, but i just can’t seem to get an answer as to why our heating & cooling component has to be hidden from view.

I mean, my friend and I live in the south so it’s no secret that my friend and I all rely on cooling system. And while our winter season weather is quite mild, some heating from the heat pump sure does come in handy at times; But this Heating & A/C component has to be hidden from view & I’m stumped, but my neighbors are older & they use a grass maintenance to take care of their property. It’s usually quite appealing but this Springtime, the grass crew split back a privacy hedge that was screening the Heating & A/C equipment. And they split it back a bit too short. It didn’t take 24 hours before these terrible folks were being threatened with fines from the HOA, however that was almost two months ago & the issue is almost moot now that the hedge has new growth. But instead of being logical or satisfactory, the HOA wants to force these people to pay. And as a lawyer, that makes me crazy. I told my neighbors not to pay a dime & that I’d be their advocate. There is a public HOA meeting next week & those HOA board members are going to get an earful.

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