Last year’s strong shipments sustain decade-long expansion

September 19, 2000
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
The nation is in the middle of a decade-long economic expansion that has seen a steady gain in the shipment of hvac equipment since 1990. Here is the aggregate shipment of equipment since 1990:

  • Unitary (including heat pumps) — 42.5 million;

  • Central heating (boilers, furnaces, all fuels) — 26.9 million;

  • Window air conditioners — 32.1 million;

  • Direct heating equipment — 5.4 million; and

  • Centrifugal chillers — 62,212.

Last year, sustaining this trend, was a stellar performer for the hvacr industry, with shipment gains reported for most categories.

All of the ingredients in 1998 were present: a hot summer (especially in the South), low interest rates, high employment, strong homebuilding activity, and a replacement market that grows steadily within America’s 100 million housing units and 5 million nonresidential buildings.

Residential sector

This temperature-related business got a boost last summer, which gave us an estimated 1,345 cooling degree-days (population-weighted).

Much of this came from an extended heat wave in the South. The sweltering weather pushed unitary shipments to 6,239,978, an all-time record, and 16% better than the 1997 output.

Also helpful was new homebuilding, which added 1,158,000 single-family housing units to the national stock. This represented an intake of 956,000 central air conditioners (up 4%) and 838,000 furnaces (up 7%).

Last year’s unitary shipments sustained a decade-long drive that saw only one year (1997) that didn’t chart a gain. In June, the industry shattered the single-month shipment record with 837,682.

The same pattern held for heat pumps, a subset of the unitary total. Last year’s output of 1,259,695 was up 11% for the year, and the fifth straight year in the 1 million-plus category.

Central heating equipment (furnaces and boilers, including gas and electric) likewise shows a nine-year growth, capped by last year’s output of 3,438,656. Included is the largest category, gas furnaces, at just under 3 million — an all-time high and 8% better than 1997.

Big systems, small systems

Output of large-tonnage liquid chillers, at 7,558, was down 12%, due in part to an economic downturn in Asia and South America.

Shipments of reciprocating liquid chiller packages, used in a variety of cooling in nonresidential buildings, were 14,768, a seventh-consecutive record.

Shipments of room air conditioners, which are traditionally volatile (with swings of up to 50% from one year to the next), totaled just under 4.3 million last year, up 12%.

Direct heating equipment (wall vented furnaces, floor furnaces, room heaters, and direct vent furnaces) clocked in at 660,989, which was off 7% for the year.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Podcasts

NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts

THE MAGAZINE

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 04-21-14 cover

2014 April 21

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

SERVICE CALLS POLL

Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

plumbing-hvac.gif
2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con