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Celebrating 20 Years in Business!

Jackson Systems is excited to announce the 20-year anniversary of the company.  Established in 1997, Jackson Systems started in the garage of Ron Jackson along with his wife and son Tom.  Shortly thereafter, they moved to a small office and as the business grew they looked for property to build an office with warehouse space.  In 2003 they moved to their current location on the South side of Indianapolis.  The company has since grown to 50 employees and expanded it’s warehouse several times.

“I would like to thank the several thousand industry friends and customers that have allowed me to help them solve their control problems over the years.  This has been a very fulfilling career” states founder Ron Jackson who has been in the HVAC Controls business for over 50 years.

Tom Jackson, CEO proclaimed “Wow! It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed!  I have been involved with Jackson Systems longer than my kids have been alive and even married to my awesome wife, Jane.  I am truly blessed to be business partners with my parents, Ron and Bette; who continue to be the dynamic guidance for Jackson Systems.  And as for our team, I am thankful they have kept us rooted in the belief of “work hard and play hard”.  Another special thank you to our clients and vendor partners.  We are indebted to you for believing in our products and services.  While I do not know what the next 20 years will bring, my vision is to continue to serve others while enjoying life.”

Jackson Systems’ commitment to continue as a family owned business has cultivated a culture of loyal employees with the same vision.  Throughout the last 20 years, they have won many industry awards for their innovative products and have been voted Best Place to Work in Indiana four times.  They continue to pride themselves on quality products and outstanding customer service.

Hot Yoga and the Thermostat

Namaste.

Hot yoga is a group exercise that uses heat and humidity to increase an individual’s flexibility with yoga poses. Introduced by Bikram Choudhury, a yogi from India, hot yoga is performed under extreme temperatures and is designed to replicate the conditions of his country, where this trend first got its start.

Hot yoga is to be performed at 104-105 degrees Fahrenheit to meet the goals of the particular poses and yoga exercise program. It is designed to lead to profuse sweating. As you can imagine, maintaining the temperature in a hot yoga studio could be quite the heating challenge.

Jackson Systems has the solution!

Our T-32-P 7-day Programmable Thermostat https://jacksonsystems.com/products/jackson-systems-programmable-3h2c-thermostat.html has become a favorite among hot yoga studio owners because it has an operating temperature of up to 122°F. This is one of the highest operating ranges available without incorporating more expensive and sophisticated digital direct control systems. A separate humidifier with its own controller to add relative humidity optimizes the hot yoga operation.

The Comfort (or in this case, discomfort) System™ T-32-P universal thermostat is a perfect mix of aesthetics, intuitive operation and performance at an amazingly affordable price. The T-32-P is compatible with most commercial HVAC systems and is ideally suited for use with the Comfort System zoning panels.

Yogis interested in this product can contact their HVAC contractor for purchase and installation. We are a direct-to-contractor supplier of all things HVAC controls. Visit us at www.jacksonsystems.com or call 888-652-9663 for more information on Jackson Systems.

3 Ways Contractors Can Better Serve Property Managers

Reliable and expert HVAC contractors are crucial to the success of landlords. On the flip side, if you are a contractor and lucky enough to sell and service property managers, you know that they usually result in longstanding relationships that can be critical to your growing revenue and success.

Jackson Systems supports the efforts of contractors who serve property managers with our solutions for apartments or buildings, multi-family, vacation and/or second homes. These solutions provide what property managers want most from contractors and we suggest those are:

  • Price and energy savings
  • Quality and reliability
  • Referrals and reviews

We usually don’t directly deal with property managers so you may ask why do we care? It’s because we can help you, the contractor. Our products are sold direct-to-contractor and support all 3 categories and may help you better seal the deal with property managers.

Let’s look at these 3 and how we can help:

Price and energy saving solutions

The better the solution — and how much it will cost — is most important to property managers when considering an HVAC repair or replacement. If you tell them you can save them money, they are likely to jump on board. Solutions like the Nest learning thermostat or ecobee4 smart stat are perfect for landlords or those who have second homes used as vacation rentals.

These smart, WiFi thermostats are perfect with their “away-from-home” features for monitoring the heating and cooling system from afar. Look at the temperature of your second home anywhere from any smart device at any time…and change it, if necessary. Nest actually “learns” (and relearns) occupancy patterns of the home or business and programs itself to provide the most efficient heating and cooling.  The ecobee4 smart thermostat can be controlled via smart phone or iPad or laptop and programmed to provide heating and cooling as needed. Integration with Amazon Echo allows even more convenience and control.

Quality and reliability

The last thing a property manager wants to deal with is a broken air conditioner or thermostat that is not working properly. Both cost them – and their home or building owners – money that they don’t really want to spend. While price is always the primary consideration for repairs and replacement, high quality, reliable products provide the value most property managers desire. We don’t sell inferior products and all Jackson Systems controls and solutions come with warranties. Buy the same product at a big box retailer and you may not get that warranty.

Referrals and reviews

Finally, we all prefer recommendations from family, friends or others who have served to choosing a contractor blindly from the Yellow Pages. To get business from Property Managers, be sure to keep your REVIEWS up to date. Ask for them from current customers. Post them on your social media pages. Blog about them. This is your greatest resource for new business.

And, if you are considering a supplier for your smart devices and other HVAC products, check out our reviews. Jackson Systems is preferred by many contractors as a direct-to-contractor supplier of controls, including thermostats of all brands and operation, home automation and connected homes solutions, zoning systems, specialty controls and much more. We even have a program for air filter delivery for contractors, called FilterFetch https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch.

Jackson Systems supports the efforts of contractors to serve property managers with our high quality, highly reliable products and solutions. To learn more about Jackson Systems, visit www.jacksonsystems.com or give us a call at 888-652-9663.

Home Automation Used to Only Be for the Wealthy…Not Anymore

Nest recently visited Jackson Systems at our Indianapolis facility to talk to staff and our customers about the shift in HVAC to more smart home products. (You can view the entire presentation here: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/nest/technical-training)

What really resonated with all who attended was:

  1. If you aren’t selling and servicing connected homes, you may be left behind in this industry. By 2020, it is reported that 80% of the homes in the U.S. are going to be “connected homes.”
  2. Smart home automation is affordable for the average homeowner. $200 stats, cameras, smoke/CO detectors and hubs are making the shift to smart home automation an easy “sell” and conversion.
  3. Homeowners want it, but aren’t sure where to go for it. Contractors need to make it an option at every installation. Doing so, will meet consumer demand and significantly contribute to their bottom line.

Although Nest is not the only manufacturer of smart products for HVAC, they are the most recognizable brand. And, the Nest thermostat is the only t-stat that is approved and recommended by Energy Star to provide energy savings. “Demand for the product is at an all time high,” says Nest.

Nest encourages homeowners to think about efficiency and become more energy efficient. They make it easy! How so? The Nest thermostat will actually program itself based on data it collects from individual homeowners. It’s a “learning thermostat,” meaning it will take a look at your 30 day schedule to develop the program that is going to provide you with the most comfort and energy savings. And, it keeps learning over time as seasons and occupancy change, providing many set points for the most efficiency. Nest’s trademark “leaf” shows when the stat is in energy savings mode. For the homeowner, that means the lowest heating and cooling bills possible.

Installation is as simple as it is with any thermostat. In fact, in most instances no common wire is necessary. Upgrades to the Nest thermostat are automatic…your homeowners won’t have to do a thing! And, the Nest t-stat comes with a 5-year warranty. Rebates and rewards are also available in much of the U.S. See http://blog.jacksonsystems.com/get-connected-and-be-rewarded-from-the-utility-company/

In addition to the thermostat, Nest makes indoor and outdoor cameras and the Nest Protect CO/smoke detector in hardwired or battery versions. All products communicate together in an app that makes monitoring your devices easy and at your fingertips. Nest doesn’t require a hub, like Alexa or Google Home, but it can be connected to one for convenience and optional control.

There are other smart products on the market today, but when you are looking at GOOD BETTER BEST, there is SMART, SMARTER and GENIUS. The Nest thermostat is a home efficiency genius!

Learn more about our Nest product offering here: https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=nest, or call your Jackson Systems representative to order a bundle of Nest at 888-652-9663 to enjoy significant savings today through June 30 with Nest’s Father Day sale here: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/fathers-day-nest-promo

 

FilterFetch™ is designed to put HVAC contractors back in the filter business!

With FilterFetch, contractors can generate revenue from their customers’ filter purchases without the hassle of handling any of the deliveries. Filter change reminders in your customers’ email, filters shipped directly to their doors, and a comprehensive record of the filter purchase history makes the FilterFetch program the most convenient and comprehensive of its kind!

Check out our informative YouTube video more information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLeWb1l5tMA8Fyyd8kXT8e_N9aynAPb5JM&v=27M0lGAuzuA

5 “Rules of Thumb” About Zoning That Should Be Followed

For the most part, Jackson Systems #zoningsystems are easy to install, especially if you follow these five rules:
 
RULE 1
Duct work must be configured properly to accommodate a zoning system. It must never be undersized. In most cases, it will not be necessary to modify duct sizing when installing a zoning system.
 
RULE 2
It is always better to slightly undersize the HVAC equipment than to oversize it. Two-stage equipment is most always a better choice.
 
RULE 3
Dampers should be installed at least two feet away from the plenum, when possible.
 
RULE 4
It is a good practice to size the smallest zone to handle approximately 25% of the system CFM. Upsizing registers in the smallest zone to the next larger size should also be considered.
 
RULE 5
Always use a separate 24-volt transformer to power the zone panel. (Do not use the equipment transformer.)
 
But…
…if you should you need support during a Jackson Systems’ zoning installation, our inside sales engineers are standing by “live” to answer your product questions at 888-652-9663.
 
For a look at our comprehensive zoning products, click here: https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html
 
Jackson Systems: Controls (and Service) Done Right!

June is National Safety Month: Keep Your Customers Safe With NEST

The health and safety of businesses and homeowners is always at the front of our minds as we grow our product offering to meet contractor demands. This month, we want to offer you and your customers the best the industry has to offer in the product line of safety in recognition of #NationalSafetyMonth, specifically with NEST home protection.

NEST Cameras: indoor and outdoor
Sees homes in super clear high definition when you are in or away from home! These best in class cameras send alerts to smart devices whenever it detects a problem. They allow users to talk back and look after their families even when they are away!

NEST PROTECT: CO and smoke detector
These CO and smoke detectors have a “voice” to tell users when something isn’t right! And, the Nest Protect detector checks its own batteries and sensors over 400 times a day so you don’t have to. A constant soft green glow lets homeowners know it is in perfect working order! This product is the best in keeping families safe from fire and CO dangers.

NEST Learning Thermostat: only thermostat listed by Energy Star
Many thermostats promise to save you money in utility costs, but the Nest is the only one proven to and I sendorsed by www.energystar.gov! The Nest t-stat learns daily routines and occupancy and programs itself to provide homeowners with the most savings and comfort possible! Not just that, it has built in sensors to protect families from dangers started by the heating and cooling system. Alarms are sent to smart devices to alert when danger exist.

Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor: works with NEST to keep air clean and safe
Meet the first air quality monitor that takes over the HVAC system to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Minimizes dirt, dust and allergens that enter the home through the airflow system to keep families safe and healthy!

And, don’t forget the HUB! Google Home works with NEST to help run the show
Google Home is powered by Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it what to do. Google Home integrates with these NEST home automation products to help keep families safe!

For a closer look at these NEST products from Jackson Systems, visit: https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=nest or call your representative at 888-652-9663.

Get Connected and Be Rewarded from the Utility Company!

This is good news for homeowners and small businesses wishing to better manage their energy usage during peak summer months. All over the country, programs with local utility companies are popping up to help preserve the electrical grid.

They work like this: by simply installing a smart thermostat — like Nest, Ecobee, Sensi, Honeywell — they can get incentives (and enjoy lower utility bills) through participation in eSmart Thermostat Programs. Immediate incentives are given, as well as ongoing savings and rewards. (Check with your local utility company for your exact program).

Connected thermostats make it easy and convenient for homeowners and businesses to manage their energy usage. They can be adjusted on the go or programmed with an automatic schedule that optimizes energy usage based on a routine.

Visit our website for our comprehensive offering of smart thermostats! Jackson Systems has the largest variety and is your best source for all home automation and connected products, including WiFi thermostats, indoor/outdoor cameras, co/smoke detectors and indoor air quality monitors!

Find all of our smart thermostat products here:https://jacksonsystems.com/category/brand-1.html

High Humidity and Its Effect on the Body

High humidity levels at home can affect the body…and not in a good way. Not only does the body dehydrate faster when levels of humidity are high, but people can also suffer from more joint and muscle pain. Here’s why…our joints contain sensory nerves that respond to changes in the weather, especially humidity. When the humidity is high it causes our tendons, ligaments, and muscles to expand. For those who already have muscle or joint pain, this can be especially irritating and uncomfortable.

HVAC manufacturers offer many products to correct levels of humidity in the house. One such solution, offered by Jackson Systems, is the Pro1 IAQ Programmable 3H/2C Wireless Touchscreen Thermostat with Humidity Control. Wireless sensors read levels in and out of the home to take over the system to correct instances of too much (and too little) humidity. Other features and benefits include:

  • Humidity Control
  • Programmable fan
  • Wireless Thermostat and Base Model
  • Touchscreen
  • Set dual fuel balance points
  • Connects up to 4 indoor remotes (R251W)
  • Connects to outdoor remote (R250W)
  • 7 Day or 5/1/1 Programmable
  • Auto Change over
  • Electric or gas configurable

It’s a great product to add to the contractor’s arsenal of easy and affordable retrofit solutions to help create more comfort for homeowners and businesses.

Learn more here https://jacksonsystems.com/products/pro1-iaq-programmable-3h2c-wireless-touchscreen-thermostat-humidity-control.html or call your Jackson Systems’ representative to order at 888-652-9663.

Jackson Systems Offers Competitive Pricing on Honeywell Media Air Filter Replacements

Jackson Systems carries a comprehensive line of Honeywell air filters, including specialty filter replacements for AprilAire.
Honeywell air filters are the most widely used by contractors and are designed perfectly to remove airborne particles and improve indoor air quality in homes and businesses.
 
Honeywell media filters are MERV rated and include a wide range of configurations to ensure the right filter to fit your customer’s AC unit(s).
 
Contact your Jackson Systems’ representative to help you find the filters you need at a most competitive price. Call 888-652-9663. Or visit us https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=honeywell+air+filters to order online.
 
You may also want to consider FilterFetch, Jackson Systems air filter home or office delivery service…FREE to contractors. We’ll manage the process of air filter delivery direct to your customers for you…free of charge! In fact, you can even make new revenue off of this convenient service. Here’s how: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/filterfetch-training

Provide More Comfort With Zoning & Better Controls

Do homeowners really care about how air will flow in their home when purchasing a new heating and cooling system? Well, if that is what will determine their comfort levels, ABSOLUTELY! Most, however, don’t know they even have a choice in how the air will be distributed throughout their home beyond what system they’ve purchased. 

 

Air distribution is one of the most overlooked topics when purchasing a new heating and cooling system. There is such an emphasis on efficiency numbers, sound decibels and price, that how the air is going to flow is often never discussed. 

 

When we think about proper air distribution through the home, we should to consider these 3 things: room design, potential hot/cold spots and occupancy. Let’s briefly look at each:

 

Room design

Popular today is the “open concept”. Yes, it’s modern and looks great, but it can cause some heating and cooling challenges. It’s going to take a lot of energy to maintain a level of comfort that homeowners will enjoy in an open concept if it is not distributing air properly.

 

Potential hot/cold spots

Let’s say a room has a “view to die for” but is completely lined with west facing windows. That room is going to absorb a tremendous amount of the afternoon’s sun, creating a hot spot. Has that been considered in the installation of the new hvac system? Likely not. That room is going to need more cooling (or less heating) after about 3:00 pm.

 

Occupancy

Rooms have different uses…and at varying times. Occupancy will affect the comfort level of a room when it is used at its peak times. For example, dinner is usually prepared and served around 7:00 pm in many homes. The oven, lights, and movement in the kitchen and dining areas — that were idle during the day — are at peak right now. This activity can greatly heat up a room…and fast.

 

Today, there are many sophisticated solutions for maintaining comfort in the home, including zoning systems that call for heating and cooling as needed. Zoning uses motorized dampers that open and close in the duct system, and multiple thermostats to control them, to better distribute air as it is “called for.”

 

There are also better thermostats, like WiFi and smart t-stats that are more effective to provide more comfort as well. You can control the temperature in your home while in or out of it via smart devices with WiFi thermostats. And, great programming options and “away from home” features make WiFi thermostats a very valuable tool when you want to save on energy usage and utility bills. Smart thermostats, like NEST, actually “learn” your occupancy and schedule and program themselves to deliver more comfort when and where you need it. This can also save on your utility bills.

 

Are you offering these options to your customers when designing a heating and cooling system, including an air distribution plan, that will work best for them? If not, you should.

 

For more information on zoning and controls, visit www.jacksonsystems.com. Jackson Systems: Controls Done Right!

FilterFetch’s Filter Quality, Breadth of Product and Delivery Service is Second to None

Contractors: Looking for a way to add to your bottom line without having to invest much (or anything at all)? Here it is!

FilterFetch’s contractor filter delivery service to businesses and homeowners is the best in the business! And for many reasons:

  1. We have every filter imaginable.
  2. Filters are high in quality.
  3. We have an APP for that.
  4. We deliver for FREE.
  5. It’s free for contractors to sell and promote…and we do all of the work.

It’s too easy. Simply provide FilterFetch information to your customers. We even make that available to you. They order directly from FilterFetch’s easy-to-use website and, BAM!, you’ve made money!!!

We manage the entire program, including sending filter change reminders, free timely delivery, and recording history of their purchases. A separate contractor log in for you shows how, which ones, and what your customers are buying…and calculates your revenue.

There’s nothing to it…especially for you!

Learn more here: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/filterfetch-training

And, then call your Jackson Systems representative to sign up or do it here: https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch

 

 

 

National Utility Rebates on Ecobee Products

Contractors, check this out…
Utility rebates on Ecobee products provide you with an easy conversation to have with homeowners on why to upgrade to smart thermostats.
https://www.ecobee.com/rebates/

Jackson Systems is your one stop for all things HVAC controls, including Ecobee, with excellent pricing, immediate delivery and contractor support. Call your Jackson Systems representatives today to inquire about Ecobee. 888-652-9663 or visit us at https://jacksonsystems.com/category/ecobee-1.html

Jackson Systems Offers Recorded Webinars On-Demand for Your Convenience

Jackson Systems University hosts an array of free, live webinars throughout the year on the latest technologies in HVACR controls. And, we record every one of them so if you are unable to participate live, you can watch the recordings at your convenience.

Choose your webinar based on the title. Webinars vary in length from 30 minutes to a little over an hour. You can see how long a webinar is by clicking on it. Simply click the title link and it will begin. Get started here: https://jacksonsystems.com/category/demand-trainings.html

Our most recent topics include:

FilterFetch

Lux IoT (NATE Certified)

Honeywell IAQ

Belimo Products

Lux Thermostats (NATE Certified)

Braeburn Thermostats

Basic DDC Controls

Nest/Home Automation

Web Comfort

Zoning 101

Honeywell T Series Thermostats

Want more resources? On individual landing pages for many of the products we offer we post videos, articles, specifications, and other documents that provide the most comprehensive understanding of how to operate and install that specific product. Here’s a typical landing page to illustrate what we mean https://jacksonsystems.com/products/jackson-systems-zone-control-panel.html. Notice there are 5 Documents and 5 Articles/Videos available just for this one Zone Control Panel. That’s typical of every product page!

And, that’s not all…our blog http://blog.jacksonsystems.com offers you even more dynamic information on what’s up at Jackson Systems, new products and what’s happening in our industry.

Jackson Systems is committed to providing you with the most learning when it comes to the products and solutions we provide. If you don’t find the information or the answers to your questions at our website in Contractor Trainings or on a product page, call our representatives at 888-652-9663. Monday – Friday, 8-to-5 Eastern, we are standing by to help you!

“Alexa…lower the temperature to 70 degrees.”

Amazon Echo & Honeywell bring voice control to your connected home. Echo now works with your Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostats.
 
Connecting is easy. Simply download the Alexa App https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201602060 on your mobile device and make sure that Alexa and your thermostat are connected to your Wi-Fi network. Then, let Alexa discover your thermostat to get started.
 
To connect your smart home device to Alexa in the Alexa app:
o From the Menu select Smart Home.
o Select Get More Smart Home Skills.
o Browse or search keywords for the skill for your smart home device and select Enable Skill.
 
Having trouble? https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201751350
Jackson Systems is the largest single location supplier of Honeywell stats. And, imprinting of your logo and phone number is always free…just like shipping! To order visit www.jacksonsystems.com or call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663.
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