Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps for August totaled 571,420, down 19% from August 2006 shipments, according to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI). Year-to-date combined U.S. factory shipments totaled 4.8 million, down 12% from the same period last year. Heat pump shipments for August totaled 160,989, down 23% compared with August 2006. Year-to-date heat pump shipments totaled 1,387,643, down 12% from the same period last year.
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