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December Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipments Rise 3.0 Percent

Written by Brett Linton

Total heating and cooling equipment shipments in December rose 3.0 percent compared to one year ago, according to data released by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on Friday. Excluding the 5.1 percent slip last September, total monthly equipment shipments on a year-over-year basis have increased every month since November 2016.

Residential and commercial storage water heater shipments rose 5.0 percent year over year to a combined 802,555 units; 781,017 units were shipped for residential use and 21,538 units for commercial use.

Shipments of warm air furnaces totaled 305,540 units in December, down 3.1 percent compared to the same month last year.

Central air conditioners and air-source heat pump shipments rose 3.9 percent over a year ago to 491,986 total units; 292,320 air conditioners and 199,666 heat pumps were shipped.

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

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