U.S. factory shipments of residential cooling and heating equipment declined in September, compared with the same month a year ago. Although, residential gas water heater shipments showed a bit of an increase compared to last year’s numbers, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
Warm Air FurnacesFor the year-to-date, U.S. factory shipments of gas-fired, warm-air furnaces totaled 1,471,644 million, a 12.5 percent drop compared with the same period last year. Oil furnace shipments for the year-to-date totaled 33,704, an 11.5 percent drop compared with the same period last year.
Storage Water HeatersResidential gas water heater shipments totaled 319,796, a 7.4 percent increase compared with shipments for the same month last year. Residential electric water heater shipments for September totaled 320,224, a 3.8 percent drop from the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, about 2,778,644 million residential gas and 2,814,035 electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 10.3 and 13.4 percent drop, respectively, compared with the same period a year ago.
As for commercial gas heater shipments, year-to-date totaled 57,500, down 19.1 percent; and commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 43,165, down 20.3 percent, both compared with the same period a year ago.
Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat PumpsFor the year-to-date, combined shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 4,239,126, a 15.8 percent drop compared with the same period last year.
As for heat pump shipments, they totaled 1,332,911 YTD, a 14 percent drop compared with the same period last year.