U.S. factory shipments of HVAC equipmentincluding central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, warm air furnaces and storage water heaterscontinued to decline in October, while a few categories, such as commercial gas and electric water heaters, and heat pumps rose modestly, according to the monthly statistical report from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.
Shipments in October and year to date included:
Combined shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps: 17% versus October 2007 and 6% year-to-date compared to past year.
Heat pump shipments: +5% in October and +0.7% year-to-date versus 2007.
October shipments of gas-fired warm-air furnaces: 20.4% month-over-month in 2007 and 17.7% year-to-date compared to last year.
Shipments of oil-fired warm-air furnaces in October: 31.2% compared to last year and 28.1% over the 10-month period in 2007.
Residential electric water heater shipments in October: 1.1% versus October 2007 and 2.2% year to date.
Shipments of residential gas water heaters: 8.7% for the month and 5.8% versus the same period last year.
October commercial gas water heater shipments: 21% versus October 2007 and +4.7% year-to-date versus last year.
Commercial electric water heater shipments for October: 12.2% versus October 2007, but +6.3% year-to-date compared to last year.