HVAC equipment shipments slip in April

Written by Brett Linton

Shipments of heating and cooling equipment receded in April from March, according to the latest data released from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Following the multi-month high recorded in March, shipments remain strong through April in comparison to recent months.

April shipments declined 6% month on month (m/m) to 1.86 million units, 7% greater than the same month one year prior. Recall that shipments had jumped 18% m/m in February and 13% m/m in March.

On an annualized 12-month moving average (12MMA) basis, shipments have been trending lower since their post-Covid surge, flattening out in late 2023. The latest 12MMA for total shipments is 1.75 million units. This is 6% lower than the same period last year and 14% lower than the 12MMA through April 2022.

April shipments of residential and commercial storage water heaters eased 2% m/m to a combined 870,126 units. Recall that in March we saw the highest monthly water-heater shipment rate seen since April 2022.

Warm air furnace shipments fell 6% m/m in April following March’s 15% jump, now at a combined 236,330 units.

Shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps declined 11% m/m to a total of 748,688 units. This comes after a 28% m/m surge in March. Note that air conditioner/heat pump shipments are very seasonal, with slowdowns experienced throughout the winter months as evident in Figure 2. Total air conditioner and heat pump shipments are 4% lower than the same month one year prior.

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

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