U.S. Cooling Equipment Shipments Accelerate
May 12, 2008
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With the cooling season fast approaching shipments of central air conditioners and heat pumps for March jumped 75% compared with last month, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.
 
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for March totaled 590,192, a 7% drop compared with the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, combined shipments totaled 1.2 million, a 7% drop compared with the same period last year.
 
Heat pump shipments for March totaled 186,720, a 4.5% drop from the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, heat pump shipments totaled 435,331, a 3% drop compared with the same period last year.
 
U.S. factory shipments of gas warm air furnaces in March totaled 200,544, a 26% drop compared with the same month a year ago. Oil warm air furnaces for the same month totaled 4,185, a 26% drop compared with March 2007 totals. For the year-to-date, gas furnace shipments totaled 528,153, a 17% drop compared with the same period last year. Oil furnace shipments for the year-to-date totaled 13,710, a 27% drop compared with the same period last year.
 
A total of 2,603 unvented room heaters were shipped in March 2008, an 11% drop compared with the same month last year. For the year-to-date, 12,429 units have been shipped, an 11% drop compared with the same 3-month period last year.
 
Residential electric water heater shipments for March totaled 380,074, a 14% drop from the same month a year ago. Residential gas water heater shipments totaled 385,448, a 15% drop compared with shipments for the same month last year. For the year-to date, 2.1 million residential gas and electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 9% drop compared with the same period a year ago.  
 
Commercial gas water heater shipments for March totaled 8,655, dropping 9% compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 6,772, jumping 9% compared with the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, electric water heaters shipments are 4% ahead of total shipments during the same period last year. Commercial gas water heater shipments for the year-to-date are down 2%, compared with the same period a year ago.

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