AHRI Releases July and August 2011 U.S. Heating, Cooling Equipment Shipment Data

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment. AHRI provides regular reports on the sales of a variety of equipment. Offered below is the data for July and August 2011.


Residential Storage Water Heaters


U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for July 2011 decreased 22 percent, to 233,120 units, down from 297,218 units shipped in July 2010. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 16 percent in July 2011, to 241,804 units, down from 288,026 units shipped in July 2010.


U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for August 2011 decreased 8 percent, to 284,536 units, down from 308,646 units shipped in August 2010.  Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 5 percent in August 2011, to 284,574 units, down from 299,048 units shipped in August 2010.


For the year-to-date, U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters decreased 5 percent, to 2,602,563 units, compared to 2,725,684 units shipped during the same period in 2010.  Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 5 percent year-to-date, to 2,462,055 units, compared to 2,577,475 units shipped during the same period in 2010.


Commercial Storage Water Heaters


Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 28 percent in July 2011, to 4,943 units, down from 6,896 units shipped in July 2010. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments decreased 26 percent in July 2011, to 4,158 units, down from 5,642 units shipped in July 2010. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial gas storage water heaters increased 0.1 percent, to 49,045 units, compared with 48,998 units shipped during the same period in 2010. Year-to-date commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 0.2 percent to 35,344 units, up from 35,262 units shipped during the same period in 2010.


Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 1 percent in August 2011, to 5,760 units, down from 5,835 units shipped in August 2010.  Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 8 percent in August 2011, to 4,952 units, up from 4,573 units shipped in August 2010.


Year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial gas storage water heaters decreased 0.1 percent, to 54,805 units, compared with 54,833 units shipped during the same period in 2010.  Year-to-date commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 1 percent to 40,296 units, up from 39,835 units shipped during the same period in 2010. 


Warm Air Furnaces 


U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for July 2011 decreased 10 percent, to 150,193 units, down from 167,113 units shipped in July 2010. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 25 percent, to 2,467 units in July 2011, down from 3,286 units shipped in July 2010.


U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for August 2011 decreased 9 percent, to 181,771 units, down from 199,402 units shipped in August 2010. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 6 percent, to 3,435 units in August 2011, down from 3,636 units shipped in August 2010.


Year-to-date U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces decreased 8 percent, to 1,313,610 units, compared with 1,426,017 units shipped during the same period in 2010.  Year-to-date U.S. shipments of oil warm air furnaces decreased 11 percent to 25,352 units, compared with 28,413 units shipped during the same period in 2010.


Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps


U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 554,027 units in July 2011, up 9 percent from 510,567 units shipped in July 2010. U.S. shipments of air conditioners increased 13 percent, to 406,485 units, up from 358,871 units shipped in July 2010. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps decreased 3 percent, to 147,542 units, down from 151,696 units shipped in July 2010.


U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 517,864 units in August 2011, up 18 percent from 439,551 units shipped in August 2010. U.S. shipments of air conditioners increased 24 percent, to 371,157 units, up from 300,046 units shipped in August 2010. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps increased 5 percent, to 146,707 units, up from 139,505 units shipped in August 2010.


Year-to-date combined shipments of residential central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps increased 13 percent, to 4,417,192 units, up from 3,899,259 units shipped in August 2010. Year-to-date shipments of central air conditioners increased 17 percent, to 3,052,281 units, up from 2,618,762 units shipped during the same period in 2010. The year-to-date total for heat pump shipments increased 7 percent, to 1,364,911 units, up from 1,280,497 units shipped during the same period in 2010. 


NOTE: Industry figures are estimates derived from the best available figures supplied by a sample of AHRI member companies and are subject to revision.


*AUGUST YEAR-TO-DATE FIGURES ARE CORRECT AS ISSUED. 

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