High temperatures, recovering economy boost contracting sales nationwide
Sales of cooling equipment increased this summer, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), whose combined June and July 2017 reports showed that U.S. shipments of central air conditioners and air-source heat pumps were up about 5.7 percent compared to units shipped during the same time frame in 2016. Specifically, shipments of air conditioners in June and July increased about 5.4 percent, and shipments of air-source heat pumps increased about 6.4 percent compared to units shipped in June and July 2016.
That trend seemed to last through the summer as many contractors reported sales of cooling equipment increased this year — sometimes dramatically — as an improving economy and low unemployment helped convince homeowners to replace their existing units rather than repair them.
The reason why consumers made the decision to replace rather than repair is that they are starting to feel safe, said Mike Agugliaro, founder of CEO Warrior and previous owner of Gold Medal Service, East Brunswick, New Jersey.
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