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HVAC Shipments Down in November 2008
Jan 13, 2009
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Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for November 2008 totaled 231,995, down 33% compared with the same month a year ago, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). For the year-to-date, combined shipments totaled 5,595,194, an 8% drop compared with the same period last year.

Heat pump shipments for November totaled 95,506, down 21% from the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, heat pump shipments totaled 1,768,813, a 0.8% drop compared with the same period last year.

U.S. factory shipments of gas-fired, warm-air furnaces in November totaled 200,502, a 20.7% drop compared with the same month a year ago. Oil-fired, warm-air furnaces for the same month totaled 5349, a 38.5% drop compared with November 2007 totals. For the year-to-date, gas furnace shipments totaled 2.1 million, an 18% drop compared with the same period last year. Oil furnace shipments for the year-to-date totaled 53,368, a 29.3% drop compared with the same period last year.

Residential electric water heater shipments for November totaled 280,019, a 24.2% drop from the same month a year ago. Residential gas water heater shipments totaled 260,443, a 26.8% decrease compared with shipments for the same month last year. For the year-to-date, about 3.6 million residential gas water heaters have been shipped, a 7.7% drop compared with the same period a year ago. For the year-to-date, about 3.9 million residential electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 4.2% drop compared to the same period last year.

AHRI says that commercial gas water heater shipments for November totaled 4910, dropping 38.5% compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 4292, a 26% drop compared with the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, commercial electric water heater shipments (63,842) are 3.3% ahead of total shipments during the same period last year (61,800). Commercial gas water heater shipments (82,083) for the year-to-date are up 0.5%, compared with the same period a year ago (81,665).

A total of 13,860 vent-free room heaters were shipped in November, a 60.4% drop compared with the same month last year (34,986). For the year-to-date, 233,507 units have been shipped, a 10.1% drop compared with the same period last year (259,759).

November gas logs and insert product shipments totaled 7448, a 59.6% drop compared with the same month last year. For the year-to-date, 173,660 gas logs and inserts have been shipped, an 18.3% drop compared to the same period last year. Gas fireplace shipments for November totaled 1417, a 62.2% drop compared to the same month last year. A total of 430 gas stoves were shipped in November, a 32.1% drop compared to the same month last year.

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