ARLINGTON, Va. - Combined U.S. factory shipments of 405,251 central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for January were down 1 percent compared to shipments from the same month last year, according to the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Heat pump shipments of 119,198 were also down 5 percent compared to January 2004.
Factory stocks for January 2005 were up 48,046 units from December 2004, and up 18,011 units from January 2004. Distributor inventories for January 2005 were up 6,963 units from the previous month, and up 101,717 units from January 2004. Distributor shipments for January 2005 were up 8 percent from the same month last year.