Continuing the trend of the past three years, shipments of central air conditioners and heat pumps dipped in April. Furnace and water heater shipments also continued falling in April versus the same period last year, according to the latest statistical information from the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for April were down 6% versus April, 2007. Year-to-date shipments of 1.8 million units fell by 7% compared to a year ago.
Shipments of related equipment were mixed:
U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces fell 19% versus April, 2007. Year-to-date shipments were off by 17%.
Oil warm air furnace shipments in April dropped 28%. Shipments year-to-date fell 27% compared to the same period last year.
Residential electric water heaters declined 3% in April, while residential gas heaters fell by 7%. Combined shipments of 2.8 million units represented a drop of 8% year-to-date.
Commercial gas water heaters in April rose 15% versus April, 2007. Year-to-date shipments are 2% ahead of last year.
Commercial electric water heaters jumped 18% in April, running 7% of 2007, year-to-date.