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May Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipments Up 10%

Written by Brett Linton

May heating and cooling equipment shipments were up 10.0 percent in May compared to one year ago, according to data released by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) last Friday. This is the higest year-over-year increase since March 2017 when there was a 10.1 percent increase.

Residential and commercial storage water heaters were up 14.2 percent year over year to a combined 819,359 units; 797,761 units were shipped for residential use and 21,598 units for commercial use.

Shipments of warm air furnaces totaled 279,202 units in May, up 13.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

Central air conditioners and air-source heat pump shipments rose 7.9 percent over a year ago to 971,246 total units; 673,010 air conditioners and 298,236 heat pumps were shipped.

The full press release is available on the AHRI website here.

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