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September HVAC Shipments Trend Lower

U.S. factory shipments of various heating and cooling equipment continued lower for the most part in September, according to figures compiled by the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (link -- www.ahrinet.org) Only shipments of oil-fired warm air furnaces and residential gas water heaters bucked the trend with gains versus September 2008.

Product Sept. '09 vs. Sept '08 YTD
Gas-fired warm air furnaces -2.5% -12.5%
Oil-fired warm air furnaces +4% -11.5%
Residential gas water heaters +7.4% -10.3%
Residential electric water heaters -3.8% -13.4%
Commercial gas water heaters -8.9% -19.1%
Commercial electric water heaters -4.2% -20.3%
Central A/C and air source heat pumps No change -15.8%
Heat pumps -6.3% -14%