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March 14, 2014

And Year-to-Year Data Supports Industry Momentum, Positive Economic Outlook

HVACR equipment was selling in 2013. In fact, some would describe 2013 as a banner year for HVACR shipments. According to HVAC Sales Increasethe Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), shipments of residential storage water heaters, commercial storage water heaters, warm-air furnaces, central air conditioners, and air-source heat pumps increased in 2013, when compared to comparable data recorded in 2012.

Things are Looking Up

The numbers support the growing consensus in the industry that things are definitely improving. At the 2014 AHR Expo, held this January in New York City, Steve Yurek, president and CEO at AHRI, agreed that manufacturers are feeling more optimistic than they were a year ago.

“I think everybody’s feeling pretty good about 2013 — it was a good year for the industry,” Yurek said in a recent NEWSmaker podcast. “I think everyone is [feeling] very positive. I think the industry itself … has a positive outlook for 2014, both in the residential and commercial space.”

Francis Dietz, vice president of public affairs, AHRI, said the organization is happy with the shipment data and hopes to see the trend continue.

“We are pleased to see an uptick in shipments in the year-to-date numbers for these products,” he said. “[We] hope it bodes well for the industry as a whole in 2014 and beyond.”

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