Although showing a few positive numbers, residential cooling and heating equipment shipments are still on the decline.

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 Furnaces

For 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 Heaters

Residential 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 Pumps

For 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.