Today I inspected a house (built in 1927) that had no heat source. Some of the rooms had wall AC units installed. The seller said the only real heat source is from the fireplace in the living room. Does anyone know if this is acceptable? Can a person even sell a house with out any type of heating? I work out of California…thank you!
This house is not considered habitable in accordance with the IRC. Local codes may vary.
R303.8 Required heating. When the winter design temperature in Table R301.2(1) is below 60°F (16°C), every dwelling unit shall be provided with heating facilities capable of maintaining a minimum room temperature of 68°F (20°C) at a point 3 feet (914 mm) above the floor and 2 feet (610 mm) from exterior walls in all habitable rooms at the design temperature. The installation of one or more portable space heaters shall not be used to achieve compliance with this section.
HABITABLE SPACE.** A space in a building for living, sleeping, eating or cooking. Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar areas are not considered habitable spaces.
And what James said.