Living in a gated community isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There is an added element of security and properties are neat and clean. But the strict adherence to uniformity can get a bit absurd. Home Owner’s Associations exist to enforce rules which are aimed to maintaining property value. I have no problem with that. However, it can go too far at times. I received a formal warning letter regarding the HVAC unit on our old guest house. The letter stated that the old HVAC is outdated and too loud. Now, our guest house is occupied maybe three or four times per year when family is in town. The HVAC unit hardly ever runs! Additionally, the heating and cooling unit can only be seen from the street at one very specific angle. I wanted to fight this silly rule enforcement. But, my wife talked me out of it. She said she would do the research and make the calls to replace the HVAC unit. I agreed to back off. To my delight, about a week later my wife came to me with an option that was brand new to me. The HVAC replacement was called a mini-split system. It’s ingenious. The inside part mounts high on the inside of an exterior wall. All the outside components are connected by small tubes that run through a small hole in the wall. The best part is how the outside components can be hidden either behind the guest house or up under the eaves. There is no more big condenser box with a loud fan motor. The cool put out by the mini-split is remarkable as well. I was so pleased with the addition of this HVAC wonder. I just didn’t appreciate the unnecessary push.