The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) reported that U.S. shipments of residential gas water heaters increased 4% in January 2010, to 311,055 units, up from 299,448 units in January 2009. The number of U.S. residential electric water heater shipments decreased half a percent, to 311,618 units, down from 313,177 units in January 2009.
Commercial gas water heater shipments increased 10%, from 6,016 units in January 2009 up to 6,598 units in January 2010. Shipments of commercial electric water heaters dropped 14% in January 2010, to 4,120 units compared to 4,771 units in January 2009.
Shipments for residential gas warm air furnaces increased 26%, to 169,024 units, up from 134,370 units shipped in January 2009. Oil warm air furnaces shipments increased 76%, to 5,609 units, up from 3,186 units in January 2009.
U.S. factory shipments of central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps was 309,892 units, 116,910 of which were heat pumps, in January 2010. The combined total of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps increased 38% from a revised total of 224,447 units in January 2009. The total number of shipments for heat pumps increased 27% from a revised January 2009 total of 92,148 units.
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