According to AHRI, March 2010 brought gains for both gas and oil warm air furnaces. Gas warm air furnaces shipments increased 17 percent to 186,963 units in March 2010, compared with 160,339 units shipped in March 2009. Oil warm air furnaces shipments increased 18 percent to 3,958 units, up from 3,337 units shipped in March 2009. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces increased 21 percent and year-to-date shipments of oil warm air furnaces increased 33 percent.
Commercial gas water heaters saw a 4 percent increase in shipments in March 2010; however, shipments of electric water heaters dropped 4 percent. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial gas water heaters increased 3 percent, while year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial electric water heaters decreased 7 percent.
According to HRAI, residential furnace shipments in Canada showed the largest gain in the first quarter of 2010. Residential furnace shipments in Canada increased 63 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter of 2009. Chiller shipments showed the second largest gain, increasing by 49 percent. Other sectors showing increases included residential air conditioning (38 percent), unit heaters (28 percent), and commercial air conditioning (7 percent). Shipments of ductless splits, which include heat pumps and air conditioning condensing units, decreased by 21 percent compared to the first quarter of 2009.
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