The year 2022 is off to a fairly good start for the air-conditioning sector: the figures recorded by Assoclima for the first quarter indicate growth percentages for the most economically significant product categories. As at 31 March 2022, the direct expansion sector recorded the following percentage increases: +11.4% in volume and +17.1% in value for monosplit air conditioners, substantial breakeven in volume but 15% growth in value for multisplit systems, +32.4% in volume and +34.1% in value for miniVRFs and VRFs.
Also excellent in the first quarter of 2022 was the performance of air-cooled hydronic equipment, for which the Assoclima survey reveals overall percentage increases (cooling + heating) of 115.5% in volume and 108.8% in value. The growth of hydronic heat pumps continues: the first quarter of 2022 shows a general three-figure increase for this type of product (+118.3% in volume and +121.2% in value), with significant growth (+125.7% in volume and +144.7% in value) especially in models with power ratings below 17 kW, mainly intended for the residential sector.
Positive signs also came from the terminal unit sector, where there was an increase of 24.4% in volume and 38.6% in value compared to Q1 2021.
In the January-March 2022 period, residential mechanical ventilation systems also showed growth (+33.6% in volume and +44.2% in value) and packaged air conditioners, which closed the quarter with +15% in volume and +18.8% in value.
No significant changes were recorded for packaged and rooftop air conditioners (+0.9% in volume and -0.4% in value), while negative percentages were recorded for air handling units (-9.9% in volume and -4.8% in value), water-cooled liquid chillers (-58.8% in volume and -3.3% in value) and transferable air conditioners (-50.3% in volume and -43.7% in value).