AHRI Releases April and may 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 April and May 2012.


Residential Storage Water Heaters — U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for April 2012 decreased 8.4 percent, to 314,552 units, down from 343,220 units shipped in April 2011. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 5 percent in April 2012, to 302,653 units, down from 318,556 units shipped in April 2011.


U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for May 2012 increased 13.4 percent, to 363,160 units, up from 320,197 units shipped in May 2011. Residential electric storage water heater shipments increased 8.5 percent in May 2012, to 332,974 units, up from 306,778 units shipped in May 2011.


For the year-to-date, U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters decreased 3.3 percent, to 1,690,674, compared to 1,748,943 units shipped during the same period in 2011. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 0.9 percent year-to-date, to 1,605,559 units, compared to 1,620,072 units shipped during the same period in 2011.


Commercial Storage Water Heaters — Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 12.1 percent in April 2012, to 6,398 units, down from 7,278 units shipped in April 2011. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 13.9 percent in April 2012, to 5,303 units, up from 4,655 units shipped in April 2011.


Commercial gas storage water heater shipments increased 7.3 percent in May 2012, to 7,019 units, up from 6,540 units shipped in May 2011. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 4.3 percent in May 2012, to 5,430 units, up from 5,208 units shipped in May 2011.


Year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial gas storage water heaters decreased 7.5 percent, to 33,919 units, compared with 36,656 units shipped during the same period in 2011. Year-to-date commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 2.8 percent to 26,440 units, up from 25,723 units shipped during the same period in 2011.


Warm Air Furnaces — U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for April 2012 increased 7.8 percent, to 143,113 units, up from 132,717 units shipped in April 2011. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 25.6 percent, to 1,656 units in April 2012, down from 2,225 units shipped in April 2011.


U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for May 2012 increased 13.6 percent, to 165,419 units, up from 145,675 units shipped in May 2011. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 42.1 percent, to 1,153 units in May 2012, down from 1,992 units shipped in May 2011.


Year-to-date U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces decreased 5.3 percent, to 742,886 units, compared with 784,361 units shipped during the same period in 2011. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of oil warm air furnaces decreased 35.5 percent to 10,574, compared with 16,398 units shipped during the same period in 2011.


Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps — U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 583,933 units in April 2012, up 4 percent from 561,247 units shipped in April 2011. U.S. shipments of air conditioners increased 4.4 percent, to 406,873 units, up from 389,654 units shipped in April 2011. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps increased 3.2 percent, to 177,060 units, up from 171,593 units shipped in April 2011.


U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 664,802 units in May 2012, up 4.4 percent from 636,506 units shipped in May 2011. U.S. shipments of air conditioners increased 7.7 percent, to 477,993 units, up from 443,757 units shipped in May 2011. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps decreased 3.1 percent, to 186,809 units, down from 192,749 units shipped in May 2011.


Year-to-date combined shipments of residential central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps decreased 1.5 percent, to 2,368,679 units, down from 2,403,882 units shipped in May 2011. Year-to-date shipments of central air conditioners increased 2.4 percent, to 1,623,606 units, up from 1,585,585 units shipped during the same period in 2011. The year-to-date total for heat pump shipments decreased 8.9 percent, to 745,073 units, down from 818,297 units shipped during the same period in 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. Year-to-date figures are correct as issued.


 

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