"As consumers make choices pertaining to heating and cooling their homes, the improving efficiency of heat pumps, in conjunction with rising costs of other heating sources, make the heat pump a logical choice," said David Martz, ARI's vice president of administration and statistics. "The ease of use in a system that both heats and cools the home adds to the allure."
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 542,542 units in April, down 20.1 percent. The year-to-date combined total of 2,522,530, however, is up 8 percent from January through April's 2005 totals.
Factory stock continued to in-crease, up 55,913 units from March of this year. Compared to April 2005, factory stocks are still down 207,491 units overall. Distributor shipments slowed. Down 7.2 percent from April 2005, year-to-date shipments were still up 11.7 percent. Distributor inventories, though down from March 2006, rose by 4,577 units over April 2005.
Publication date: 06/19/2006