MISSISSAUGA, Ontario - Chiller bookings are ahead by 31 percent over the same period in 2002, according to third-quarter figures from the Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada.

Unit heater shipments were close behind, posting a 25 percent increase, followed by commercial air-conditioning shipments at 4 percent.

Residential air-conditioning numbers fell by 37 percent and residential furnaces by 5 percent.

Year to date, unit-heater shipments showed the greatest increase at 29 percent, residential air conditioning increased 4 percent and residential furnaces were up 1 percent. Due to low numbers in the first and second quarters, chiller bookings were still down by 15 percent, at the end of the third quarter 2003. Commercial air conditioning changed very little, less than 1 percent.

Commercial air-conditioning shipments increased by 4 percent, from 11,477 in the third quarter of 2002 to 11,920 in 2003. Year-to-date shipments decreased by less than 1 percent, from 29,572 for the third quarter 2002 to 29,543 for 2003.

Residential air-conditioning shipments decreased 37 percent from 85,963 in the third quarter of 2002 to 54,138 in 2003. Year-to-date shipments increased by 4 percent, from 247,121 for the third quarter of 2002 to 257,862 for 2003.

Residential furnace shipments decreased 5 percent from 88,356 in the third quarter of 2002 to 83,810 in 2003. Year-to-date shipments increased by 1 percent, from 194,178 for the third quarter 2002 to 196,934 for the third quarter 2003.

Unit-heater shipments increased by 25 percent from 6,869 in the third quarter of 2002 to 8,574 in 2003. Year-to-date shipments increased by 29 percent, from 16,623 for the third quarter 2002 to 21,481 for 2003.

Chiller bookings increased by 31 percent from 121 in the third quarter of 2002 to 158 in 2003. Year-to-date shipments decreased by 15 percent, from 549 for the third quarter 2002 to 469 for 2003.

Participation in the HRAI program for air conditioning and furnaces is estimated to represent approximately 93 percent of the total Canadian shipments of these products and program participation for unit heaters is estimated at 95 percent. An expansion factor has been included to compensate for the non-participating portion of the market.