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June Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipments Reach Record High

Written by Brett Linton

June heating and cooling equipment shipments totaled 2.28 million units, up 6.8 percent from the same month one year ago, according to recent data from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). This is the highest monthly shipment level in SMU’s 12+ year limited history, surpassing the previous monthly high in June 2018 at 2.27 million units. In May, the market saw the largest year-over-year decline in 11+ years.

As a three-month moving average, total heating and cooling shipments were down 9.5 percent year-over-year, following a 11.7 percent decline in May. This is the eighth consecutive month total shipments have declined on a year-over-year basis.

Residential and commercial storage water heater shipments increased 19.5 percent year over year to a combined 843,597 units; 826,195 units were shipped for residential use and 17,402 units for commercial use.

Shipments of warm air furnaces totaled 323,689 units in June, a decline of 9.1 percent compared to the same month last year. This is the 12th consecutive month that warm air furnace shipments have declined on a year-over-year basis, and two months ago saw the largest decline in over a decade.

Central air conditioners and air-source heat pump shipments were up 3.8 percent over a year ago to 1,113,049 total units; 754,433 air conditioners and 358,616 heat pumps were shipped.

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

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