Over 400,000 air conditioners and air-source heat pumps shipped in February.

ARLINGTON, Va. - U.S. factory shipments for air conditioners and air-source heat pumps totaled 493,589 for February, up 7 percent from the previous month, according to the Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute.

Heat pump shipments of 135,125 also jumped 7 percent compared to February 2004. Total shipments of 887,113 for the first two months of the year are 3 percent ahead of those from last year.

February factory stocks were up 178,749 units from January 2005, and up 27,095 units from February 2004. Distributor inventories for February were up 85,125 units from the previous month, and up 88,417 units from February 2004.