U.S. factory shipments of gas-fired, warm-air furnaces in October totaled 236,599, an 8.6-percent increase compared with the same month a year ago. Oil-fired, warm-air furnaces for the same month totaled 7,163, an 8.2-percent increase compared with October 2008 totals. Year to date, gas-furnace shipments totaled 1,708,969, a 10.1-percent drop compared with the same period last year. Oil furnace shipments for the year to date totaled 40,867, an 8.5-percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Storage Water Heaters
Residential gas-water-heater shipments totaled 310,857, a 7.9-percent increase compared with shipments for the same month last year. Residential electric-water-heater shipments for October totaled 311,198, a 6.4-percent drop from the same month a year ago. Year to date, 3,089,501 residential gas and 3,125,233 electric storage water heaters have been shipped, an 8.8- and 12.8-percent drop, respectively, compared with the same period a year ago.

Commercial gas-water-heater shipments for October totaled 6,017, down 0.9 percent compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric-water-heater shipments totaled 4,543, a 15.5-percent drop compared with the same month a year ago. Year to date, commercial gas-heater shipments totaled 63,517, down 17.7 percent from the same period last year. Year to date, commercial electric-water-heater shipments totaled 47,708, down 19.9 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps
Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps for October totaled 292,278, down 10.3 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Year to date, combined shipments totaled 4,531,404, a 15.5-percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Heat-pump shipments for October totaled 98,388, down 20.1 percent from the same month a year ago. Year to date, heat-pump shipments totaled 1,431,299, a 14.5-percent drop compared with the same period last year.