U.S. factory shipments of unitary air-conditioners and heat pumps by first quarter's end of this year totaled 1,979,988 and were up 19% from January - March 2005. Heat Pump shipments, year-to-date ending in March, totaled 575,270, also up 30% from the same time last year. Distributor shipments, year-to-date numbers ending in March were up 20.2%.