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Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipments Slip in September

Written by Brett Linton

Total heating and cooling equipment shipments in September fell 5.1 percent compared to one year ago, according to data released by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on Wednesday. Prior to September, total monthly equipment shipments on a year-over-year basis had increased every month since October 2016 (22 months).

Residential and commercial storage water heater shipments declined 12.2 percent year over year to a combined 659,372 units; 642,344 units were shipped for residential use and 17,028 units for commercial use.

Shipments of warm air furnaces totaled 330,548 units in September, down 3.8 percent compared to the same month last year.

Central air conditioners and air-source heat pump shipments rose 3.4 percent over a year ago to 659,372 total units; 379,698 air conditioners and 216,003 heat pumps were shipped.

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

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