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AHRI releases September shipment data for heating, cooling equipment

November 12, 2008
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Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for September totaled 420,726, down 20 percent compared with the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, combined shipments totaled 5,037,412, a 5 percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Heat pump shipments for September totaled 137,298, down 12 percent from the same month a year ago. For the year to date, heat pump shipments totaled 1,550,137, a 0.4 percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Warm Air Furnaces
U.S. factory shipments of gas-fired, warm-air furnaces in September totaled 249,550 a 17.5 percent drop compared with the same month a year ago. Oil-fired, warm-air furnaces for the same month totaled 7,819, a 33 percent drop compared with September 2007 totals.

For the year to date, gas furnace shipments totaled 1,682,405, a 17.4 percent drop compared with the same period last year. Oil furnace shipments for the year to date totaled 40,903, a 27.6 percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Storage Water Heaters
Residential electric water heater shipments for September totaled 332,970, an 8.8 percent drop from the same month a year ago. Residential gas water heater shipments totaled 297,747, a 20.8 decrease compared with shipments for the same month last year. For the year to date, about 3 million residential gas water heaters have been shipped, a 5.5 percent drop compared with the same period a year ago.

For the year to date, about 3.2 million residential electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 2.3 percent drop compared to the same period last year.

Commercial gas water heater shipments for September totaled 6,801, jumping 2.1 percent compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 5,164, a 6.8 percent drop compared with the same month a year ago.

For the year to date, commercial electric water heater shipments (54,176) are 8.6 percent ahead of total shipments of this product during the same period last year (49,878). Commercial gas water heater shipments (71,102) for the year-to-date are up 7.7 percent, compared with the same period a year ago (66,020).

Boilers
For the third quarter ending September 30, 2008, 3,403 steel boilers were shipped, a 17.8 percent drop compared to the same quarter last year. For the year to date, 6,963 boilers were shipped, a 16.4 percent drop compared to the same period last year. Cast iron boilers experienced a jump in the third quarter with 82,714 units shipped, a 5.3 increase compared to the same quarter last year. For the year to date, 185,369 cast iron boilers were shipped, a 6.7 drop compared to the same period last year.


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