AHRI Releases December 2011 and January 2012 U.S. Heating and 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 December 2011 and January 2012.


Residential Storage Water Heaters


U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for December 2011 increased 4 percent, to 364,054 units, up from 350,549 units shipped in December 2010. Residential electric storage water heater shipments increased 6 percent in December 2011, to 348,692 units, up from 328,298 units shipped in December 2010.


U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for January 2012 increased 8 percent, to 328,122 units, up from 303,429 units shipped in January 2011. Residential electric storage water heater shipments increased 4 percent in January 2012, to 304,529 units, up from 292,656 units shipped in January 2011.


Commercial Storage Water Heaters


Commercial gas storage water heater shipments increased 60 percent in December 2011, to 10,868 units, up from 6,798 units shipped in December 2010. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 11 percent in December 2011, to 5,182 units, up from 4,659 units shipped in December 2010


Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 0.5 percent in January 2012, to 6,109 units, down from 6,138 units shipped in January 2011. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 6 percent in January 2012, to 4,641 units, up from 4,381 units shipped in January 2011.


Warm Air Furnaces


U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for December 2011 decreased 18 percent, to 222,774 units, down from 270,074 units shipped in December 2010. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 13 percent, to 4,781 units in December 2011, down from 5,464 units shipped in December 2010.


U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for January 2012 decreased 32 percent, to 130,598 units, down from 190,798 units shipped in January 2011. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 44 percent, to 2,917 units in January 2012, down from 5,237 units shipped in January 2011.


Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps


U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 271,967 units in December 2011, down 20 percent from 340,526 units shipped in December 2010. U.S. shipments of air conditioners decreased 16 percent, to 173,435 units, down from 206,141 units shipped in December 2010. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps decreased 27 percent, to 98,532 units, down from 134,385 units shipped in December 2010.


U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 256,686 units in January 2012, down 22 percent from 327,077 units shipped in January 2011. U.S. shipments of central air conditioners decreased 22 percent, to 154,367 units, down from 198,613 units shipped in January 2011. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps decreased 20 percent, to 102,319 units, down from 128,464 units shipped in January 2011.


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

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