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As one important economic mea-sure for the HVAC market, the U.S. consumer confidence index rose in September to its highest level in nine years, showing that the economy continued to recover modestly after the recession. In addition to this, a hot summer pushed up the U.S. air conditioner demand in 2016. Unitary, mini-split, and window types of air conditioners grew by 6.9%, 18.2%, and 11.8% year on year respectively.
The U.S. air conditioner market is mature and one of the largest markets in the world. In addition to the established big U.S. ducted air conditioner players, Asian manufacturers have entered the market and are bringing renewed vitality to it with their ductless air conditioners. AHR Expo is also gradually becoming an exhibition that highlights both U.S.-style ducted and Asian-style ductless air conditioner products and technologies.