May 23, 2023
Residential Storage Water Heaters
U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for March 2023 decreased 9.8 percent, to 414,609 units, down from 459,595 units shipped in March 2022. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 8.4 percent in March 2023 to 445,181 units, down from 486,035 units shipped in March 2022.
Year-to-date U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters decreased 4.5 percent, to 1,144,989 compared to 1,198,888 shipped during that same period in 2022. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 1.9 percent year-to-date, to 1,264,410 units, compared to 1,289,452 shipped during the same period in 2022.
Commercial Storage Water Heaters
Commercial gas storage water heater shipments decreased 15.7 percent in March 2023, to 8,347 units, down from 9,906 units shipped in March 2022. Commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 24.9 percent in March 2023, to 13,982 units, up from 11,195 units shipped in March 2022.
Year-to-date U.S. shipments of commercial gas storage water heaters increased 6.8 percent, to 22,794 units, compared with 21,351 units shipped during the same period in 2022. Year-to-date commercial electric storage water heater shipments increased 51.2 percent, to 37,773 units, up from 24,983 units shipped during the same period in 2022.
Warm Air Furnaces
U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces for March 2023 decreased 25.9 percent, to 268,309 units, down from 361,910 units shipped in March 2022. Oil warm air furnace shipments decreased 55.9 percent, to 1,011 units in March 2023, down from 2,290 units shipped in March 2022.
Year-to-date U.S. shipments of gas warm air furnaces decreased 21.6 percent, to 756,609 units, compared with 964,540 units shipped during the same period in 2022. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of oil warm air furnaces decreased 36.2 percent, to 5,124 units, compared with 8,029 units shipped during the same period in 2022.
Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps
U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 877,912 units in March 2023, down 7.2 percent from 945,983 units shipped in March 2022. U.S. shipments of air conditioners decreased 14.9 percent, to 496,539 units, down from 583,253 units shipped in March 2022. U.S. shipments of air-source heat pumps increased 5.1 percent, to 381,373 units, up from 362,730 units shipped in March 2022.
Year-to-date combined shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps decreased 12.2 percent, to 2,136,924 units, down from 2,434,073 units shipped during the same period in 2022. Year-to-date shipments of central air conditioners decreased 18.9 percent, to 1,166,808 units, down from 1,439,381 units shipped during the same period in 2022. The year-to-date total for heat pump shipments decreased 2.5 percent, to 970,116, down from 994,692 units shipped during the same period in 2022.
Notes and FAQs
A shipment is defined as when a unit transfers ownership; a consignment is not a transfer of ownership. Industry data is aggregated from the information supplied by AHRI member companies that participate in the statistics program and can be subject to revision. Published year-to-date data is inclusive of all revisions. No other AHRI data (e.g., by state or region) is available to the public other than that published. AHRI does not conduct any market forecasting and is not qualified to discuss market trends. BTUHs of 64.9 and below are for residential units; 65.0 and above for commercial. For previous monthly shipment releases and historical data, please see http://www.ahrinet.org/statistics.
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2. Does this data represent shipments to the United States only or are shipments outside of the United States included?
This data represents shipments to customers in the United States only.
3. Do you provide U.S. data by state?
That data is not available publicly.
4. Is historical data available in Excel?
It is available monthly reflecting exactly the data presented in the monthly public release.
5. Is data available in a different format?
The only format available is provided on the website.
6. Does the December YTD data equal full calendar year?
Yes, it does.
7. Can I purchase additional industry data from AHRI?
No, AHRI statistical data is not for sale.
8. Does AHRI provide information for academic research purposes?
AHRI is not authorized by our members to provide information other than what is listed on our website.
9. How much of the industry does the data represent?
Although we cannot get into specifics about how much of the industry the data represents, in general, AHRI is one of the largest trade associations in the
nation, representing more than 300 heating, water heating, ventilation, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration manufacturers within the global
HVACR industry. AHRI’s 300+ member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating,
water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America.
10. Is it accurate to use the number for year-to-date U.S. shipments as a measure of sales?
AHRI reports track shipments, which are defined as when a unit transfers ownership. While some people use the terms shipments and sales
interchangeably, they may not be the same.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.
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