U.S. factory shipments of residential cooling and heating equipment declined in February compared to a year earlier, while the commercial market for these products maintained steady growth, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for February fell 13% compared with February 2007. Heat pump shipments for the month dropped 10% for the period.
U.S. factory shipments of gas warm air furnaces dropped 22% compared with February 2007 totals. Oil warm air furnaces for the same month fell 39%.
Shipments of vent-free room heaters in February declined 22% versus 2007.
Residential electric water heater shipments for February slightly outpaced residential gas water heater shipments, but shipments for both types of water heaters fell about 3% compared with shipments for the same month last year.
However, commercial gas water heater shipments for the period increased 4% versus the same month last year. Electric water heater shipments also increased for the period by some 8%.
February gas logs and insert product shipments fell 24% compared to February 2007, while gas stove shipments for the same month jumped 34%. Gas fireplace shipments for February 2008 fell by 19%.