MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada’s (HRAI’s) annual statistics forecast for the year 2008 projects that shipments of residential and commercial air conditioning units will increase by 2 percent while residential furnace shipments will decrease by 2 percent compared to the projected 2007 figures.
According to HRAI, residential air conditioning denotes split
system air conditioning and heat pumps up to 5 tons; commercial air
conditioning denotes rooftops (combination heat/cool), packaged cooling, and
packaged heat pumps; and furnace means residential forced air furnaces of all
types including gas, oil, electric, and combination.
The projected 2007 and forecasted 2008 figures are as follows:
•Commercial air conditioning:Actual
shipments in 2006 were 45,499. The projected year-end figure for 2007 shows a
drop of 2 percent to 45,000 while the forecast for 2008 projects a 2 percent
increase to 46,000.
•Residential air conditioning:Compared to the actual 2006 shipments of 250,255, the projected 2007 figure
decreases by 11 percent to 224,000. The 2008 forecast increases over 2007 by 2
percent to 229,000.
•Residential furnaces:Actual 2006
shipments were 323,214. The projected year-end figure for 2007 shows a decrease
of 2 percent to 317,000. The forecast for 2008 decreases relative to 2007 by 2
percent to 310,000.
For more information, visit www.hrai.ca.