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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.

Why Winning “Best Places to Work” Is As Significant For Our Customers As It Is For Us At Jackson Systems

Find a company with the most satisfied workers and you’ll find a company with the most satisfied customers!

 

That is certainly true at Jackson Systems.

 

Jackson Systems employees are regularly interviewed by “Best Places to Work” for their satisfaction. That’s how we’ve won the award not just this year but multiple times. Jackson System uses the same method of surveying happiness of its customers as it does its employees to always understand their level of satisfaction. And, it’s interesting how the results mirror each other. The things that matter most to customers – like reliability, quality and performance of products and service – are the same things that earned Jackson Systems this prestigious recognition for its employees.

 

Our employees are at the core of quality in everything we do. They’re why we continue to succeed as supplier to contractors who want more: more (and better) product solutions , more knowledge and training, and more service and more support!

 

Other reasons we continue to succeed as a quality supplier include:

  1. Quality solutions
  2. Great prices
  3. Production capabilities
  4. Quick turnaround
  5. Ease of doing business
  6. Ethical, honest business practices

It’s not always easy to identify a good supplier. That’s why awards like “Best Places to Work” can help when you are looking for one. While we all remained humbled by this award, we are not really surprised by it. We say this because our customers’ satisfaction reminds us daily that we are doing the right thing and doing it the right way!

We say thank you to our current customers for their role in our most recent recognition of this award. And, we invite you, if you are not a customer, to check us out. Visit us at www.jacksonsystems.com to view our product offering and videos to see if we might be the right supplier for your contracting business. Or, call for a free catalog: 888.652.9663.

REPEAT BUSINESS IS YOUR BEST BUSINESS

We all have to be sales-minded in this industry. With that, we all understand that maintaining existing customers and business is a lot less costly than marketing to find new ones. The lower cost of these leads gives you higher operating margins, which you can then invest in other parts of your business.

Did you know that the incremental growth that repeat business provides is 20 percent per year on average? It’s true, according to http://www.businessknowhow.com.
 
20 percent growth year after year is definitely nothing to sneeze at!
 
So, why are we bringing this up to you? Because we have an easy, no cost solution to retain business once you establish a customer. It’s imprinted thermostats with your logo and phone number on them.
 
Jackson Systems imprints your logo and phone number on all thermostats (or backplates) FREE OF CHARGE with orders of 6 stats or more. And, shipping on these is always FREE! We provide highly competitive pricing on thermostats of all brands, makes and models! Customers will keep you top-of-mind for all HVAC sales and service when they see your name every time they go to touch or read their thermostat.
 
You have to buy thermostats anyway, why not have your logo put on them and keep those customers you paid so much to get!
 
For more information on this incredible free imprinting offer, call your Jackson Systems representative or watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfGgZ6gPVXg

Top 10 Reasons Why Every Contractor Needs To Offer The FilterFetch™ Filter Home Delivery Program

1. People Move!
2. People Forget! You Remain “Top of Mind” as a Contractor!
3. It Differentiates Your Maintenance Program From All Others!
4. You Don’t Have to Stock Hundreds of Filters!
5. Shipping Direct to Your Customer’s Home is Free!
6. Emailed Filter Change Reminders are Sent Every Month!
7. It Minimizes Repairs…a System Benefits From Regular Filter Changes!
8. We’ve Got an App for That! It’s So Easy to Order!
9. It Can Be a New Stream of Revenue for You!
10. It Costs Contractors Nothing to Participate!

Isn’t that enough for you to explore FilterFetch™?

Watch our short video here to learn more: https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch or call Jackson Systems at 888.359.0366 to get started today.

Google Home, Honeywell and Jackson Systems have big news!

Google Home can now control your Honeywell Total Connect Comfort thermostat. And, Jackson Systems can deliver this incredible combo to you! https://madeby.google.com/home/

Google Home isn’t just great for accessing entertainment and “daily to do’s,” it’s also great for your Honeywell climate control devices, too. A simple voice command like “Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees” can set the perfect home comfort for any occasion. All you need is your voice!

It also allows for you to set timers for your home’s temperature and control that temperature straight from your smartphone. But most importantly, this Google Home & Honeywell combo is likely cheaper than the other intelligent home thermostats!

Features like Smart Lighting, Audio Command, Google Answers, My Personal Agenda, and Smart Devices Control are just a small sampling of the some of the other valuable features that are also offered.

Ready to give your home a voice? Call your Jackson Systems’ representative for ordering information toll free at 888.652.9663.

We Honor Ron Jackson This National Inventor’s Day

February 11th is National Inventor’s Day.

On this National Inventor’s Day, we recognize our very own Ron Jackson, Jackson Systems Founder. Ron holds 11 patents for his inventions that have made significant contributions to the HVAC industry. In Central Indiana, Ron has been declared an “ACCA Hall of Famer”. Today — and every day — we at Jackson Systems honor and thank you, Ron.

Jackson has been a full time inventor for over 50 years and also holds 10 U.S. patents. Jackson’s book shares many of his ideas that have made him a successful inventor. Ron’s patents have been developed under the Jackson Systems brand and have won (at last count) 21 awards.

Ron’s patents in the heating and cooling industry are known to to be the best quality and most contractor-friendly. Such products like the Jackson Systems’ programmable and non-programmable thermostats can perform with the best, like Honeywell, Braeburn and White Rodgers. https://jacksonsystems.com/category/jackson-systems-2.html

Jackson Systems zone dampers, designed by Ron, are the smartest and most effective in the industry! https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html

Because of his father’s early work, Tom Jackson, CEO of Jackson Systems says “for 15 years, Jackson Systems has had a simple mission; provide the best quality and most contractor-friendly control products and service in the industry. And while we have grown from my father working out of his garage to having nearly 40 employees, our commitment to the HVAC contractor has not changed. As we embark on our next 15 years, our passion and commitment to our clients is stronger than ever,” says Tom Jackson.

Founded in 1997, Jackson Systems today is celebrated as one of the fastest growing companies in Indiana. Jackson Systems serves customers worldwide as a leading direct-to-contractor zone control manufacturer and distributor.

Combining the skills of our Ron Jackson, our talented technical engineers and the customer service support of our sales team, Jackson Systems will continue to set the standard from creating contractor-friendly products and available support teams to help our customers achieve success. Jackson Systems is the direct choice for simple controls. For formal quotes and/or  design assistance, call 888-652-9663. For more about Ron Jackson visit https://jacksonsystems.com/about/executive/5

The New ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat Available Soon

A new smart thermostat is “in the house!”

The ecobee3 lite, less expensive than its bigger brother the ecobee3, delivers as much in comfort, control and energy savings but has less features that some may not find necessary. Budget-minded ecobee3 lite is perfect homes that are smaller, have an open floorplan, or are already wired for multiple zones.

The ecobee3 lite displays a beautiful and easy-to-use touchscreen interface in a slim, but sturdy, attractive protective case. The ecobee3 Lite is compatible with almost every residential heating and cooling systems. It does not require a common wire when using the Power Extender Kit (included).

ecobee’s mobile app is available for Apple and Android devices. The application includes typical ecodbee monitoring and a new Installation Wizard, providing homeowners with step-by-step support and videos with the touch of a finger.

ecobee, since 2007, is know for their beautiful designs, intuitive customer experience and unwavering support of their products.

Reserve your ecobee3 lite today by calling your Jackson Systems representative: 888-652-9663.

Jackson Systems’ 4 Channel Wireless Relay is Second to None!

Our contractor-friendly #WirelessRelayKit is a strong “finisher” for those HVAC projects where you need to wirelessly control hundreds of applications. The WR-400 Wireless Relay Kit can control or monitor heating and/or cooling equipment, condensing units, fan and pumps, lighting or other industrial equipment.

The WR-400 Wireless Relay Kit can energize a relay up to 100′  (depending on the construction of the building). And, a limitless number of WR-400 Wireless Relay Kits can be installed in the same building. The kit can be mounted outdoors in its weatherproof covering so no enclosure is needed.

The WR-40 Wireless Relay Kit has built-in signal strength indicator and contains 2 four-channel transceivers. The base module has 3 transmitting channels and 1 receiving channel. The satellite module has 3 receiving channels and 1 transmitting channel. Each transceiver module uses a redundant transmission protocol for failsafe protection.

For more information on Jackson Systems’ Wireless Relay Kit, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/products/jackson-systems-4channel-wireless-relay-kit.html or call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663 to order.

 

Room With a View…And High Utility Bills

They can’t help it…especially with that view!
 
Your vacation rental property visitors will be tempted to leave the windows or doors open especially when they have a view — whether it’s to hear the crashing of waves or get a clear shot of the snowcapped mountains. If they’re not paying for the extra utility usage, they’re not even thinking about it!
 
But, it is costing property owners hundreds – maybe thousands – of dollars extra every year. Did you know YOU CAN LOCK OUT THE HVAC EQUIPMENT WHEN DOOR OR WINDOWS ARE LEFT OPEN? You can with Lodge Watch by Jackson Systems.
 
#LodgeWatch is a heating and cooling monitoring system designed to reduce wasted energy by as much as 40% in vacation rental properties. This is achieved by turning off HVAC equipment when doors or windows are left open. The opening of a door or window will trigger a transmitter to send out a signal to a control module. After 2 minutes, the control module will turn off the HVAC equipment. The small, wireless magnetic contact can be installed on any door or window. Heating or cooling operation is restored once the doors or windows are closed.
 
The obvious benefits of this is it saves lots of money on heating and cooling costs, but it also prevents compressor short cycling and extends the life of your system. The greatest benefit…they’ll get to enjoy that room with the view!
 
For more information, send your contractor to https://jacksonsystems.com/products/lodge-watch-wireless-energy-management-system-4-transmitters.html or call Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663.
 

Jackson Systems Celebrates 20 Years of Quality People, Products & Performance

At Jackson Systems, our people are our greatest asset – we say this with good reason. The passion of our people to serve you is what has generated our long-term contractor relationships, some for over 20 years. At every step, our employees dedicate themselves to giving you the best buying experience and most support possible. Jackson Systems invests in its employees to expand their knowledge in the industry of HVAC, zoning and home comfort by conducting continuous education and professional development. In return, our employees are able to sell with knowledge and authority, and contribute significantly to our goals and to those of our customers. Read more here:
https://jacksonsystems.com/about/testimonials

Jackson Systems knows that the right products win – with contractors, homeowners, and building owners – and for us! “Highest quality possible” are not just words we use to describe our products, we believe it is the only acceptable solution for our customers. At our facility, we closely manage every aspect of product development from concept to production to shipping, assuring you are always getting the highest quality thermostats, dampers and zoning products you and your customers expect and deserve…on time!

The performance of our products has earned Jackson Systems many awards, moreover, it has earned us trust from the contractors who use them. All across America, Jackson Systems products have provided maximum comfort and helped create more efficiency for difficult to heat and cool living and work spaces. “Dependable, easy-to-install and long lasting” best describe our products. Whether it’s a single thermostat you need or a complete zoning system, you won’t be disappointed with the performance of Jackson Systems products!

#20years doesn’t happen by accident…it takes a commitment to total customer satisfaction. If Jackson Systems sounds like the kind of supplier you desire for your thermostats, zoning systems, and other HVAC solutions, call us and we’ll answer…with quality people, products and performance!

Contractors: Gain an Edge on the Competition With FilterFetch™

We all know that timely filter changes almost always guarantee three things: a full and healthy life for a heating and cooling system, utility bills that stay “in check,” and better indoor air quality for homeowners. At a minimum, air filters should be changed at last every 2-3 months and for these three very good reasons. But, like they say…out of sight many times is out of mind!

#FilterFetch™ is a contractor filter home delivery program for its customers to ensure they always have the filters they need on hand so that they NEVER miss a scheduled filter change. FilterFetch will help you add more value, remain more competitive, and increase your profits with your HVAC preventive maintenance program. Best of all, FilterFetch costs contractors NOTHING!

In addition to providing the filters and filter change reminders, FilterFetch will keep you top of mind with your homeowners by branding the program as your own. A FilterFetch link can be added to your website, which will link to a landing page at the FilterFetch website with your logo and branding. Your customers will appreciate this extra service and recognize it as one YOU provide them…not us for you!

Participating contractors also name the price for filters. Add whatever margin you want and we’ll put your prices on our filters. You’ll enjoy rebates direct to contractor as part of your participation. (Call and we can explain this further).

Give your Jackson Systems representative a call to learn how you can start offering this air filter home delivery service to your homeowners and boost your profits!

Call 888-359-0366 and START TODAY! Learn more at https://www.filterfetch.com/

Indiana Soup- Story Courtesy of IE3 Business Intelligence for Professional Contractors

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in: Building Performance, Residential Buildings

Image-DewPt-MapI thought I knew all about this topic, but I did not really get a grip on this until a few years ago while preparing to teach the subject. If you’re looking for the ultimate motivator for learning, I highly recommend getting hired to train a room full of experienced contractors so you can stand in front of them and preach, “This is how it is!”

The topic (this time), is moisture. Recall in the past we knew a home had a moisture load (or latent heat load) that needed to be managed, but we also knew our cold AC coil did a remarkable job of sucking the water out of the air. Even if you did not understand the psychrometric chart or read the AC manufacturer’s latent capacity specs, you still learned all about the great moisture removal abilities of an air conditioner the first time you forgot to hook up the condensate pipe. What a mess!

So what have I learned recently that makes me think I deserve your attention for the next few minutes? I now understand the potential water volume in air, and I appreciate the high levels of moisture we have in the Midwest for a large portion of the year.

Don’t stop reading because you have already read about moisture control. You are right, it is a topic frequently talked about today. However, I do not think many in our business are following through and helping the customer understand. It is time for all of us to sign up for a class on moisture. We can no longer ignore our professional responsibility to understand and control the humidity in our customer’s home.

Are you afraid of the psychrometric chart? Well, I am. Maybe not so much afraid as overwhelmed by how much information it reveals. Fortunately, you do not need to know it all. In fact, I do not even “work the chart” in my short class, but let’s remind ourselves on a few of the basics:

  • In the summer, in humid climates, we would like to comfort our homes to about 55% Relative Humidity. A dryer 50% RH is even better.
  • Outside air is beginning to feel uncomfortably humid at a dew point temperature of 60 degrees.
  • Outside air at 60 degree dew point brought inside an air conditioned home at 75 degrees will result in 60% RH. Too high.
  • Outside air at 65 degree dew point brought inside an air conditioned home at 75 degrees will result in 70% RH. Much too high. Bad things can start to happen, depending on how much of this moist air you allow inside.
  • Outside air at 70 degree dew point? Throw me a life jacket and snorkel!

So what? The air conditioner runs and we’re all fine, right? Two things are different now, compared to the past:

  1. Home Performance measures for existing homes (or building energy efficient new homes) helps our homes become more energy efficient, but now the AC runs less.
  2. Sometimes we deliberately suck in outside air that is above 60 degree dew point.

Either of these two actions on their own can cause moisture issues. Having both could be double trouble. Sometimes these measures simply affect the homeowner’s comfort. Sometimes there is so much moisture we cause health and structural problems. Who’s responsible? You. You are the expert. You must understand moisture.

What do you need to do?

The first step is to understand dew point and track it! This is an easy measuring stick for how much water is in the air, and you need to follow it. It’s on your weather app on your phone. Look at this number as frequently as you check the radar. Appreciate that some climates are very humid.

The summer so far in Indiana has been terrible. Wanna see it? Go to WeatherSpark.com. This is my favorite site to view historical Dew Point. The link below is for my city in Indiana, but you can change it to your city. This is a great resource when you learn to navigate through all the adjustments.

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Note the dew point levels during the week I wrote this article. Those are serious moisture levels! Now notice the temperatures (Dry bulb) for this period. Not too hot, and especially if your home is energy efficient like mine, then there is not too much load on the AC.

My geothermal heat pump did not run too much that week, and not nearly enough for adequate moisture removal, but I was very comfortable thanks to my whole house dehumidifier. Fortunately, I did not let much of that Indiana soup into my home, other than a few, normal exhaust fan run times, clothes dryer exhaust, and normal door traffic. I condition to a very comfortable 76 degrees and 45% RH. Half my home is over a basement and the other over a sealed crawl space, and both are dry and odor free.

This is not the way it was in the past. I love the outdoors and in the past I kept my home open as much as possible. Odors grew downstairs, and spent portable dehumidifiers piled up in the basement.

Not so anymore! Once I condition my home in terms of temperature, humidity, and even pollens and dust, then I like to keep it that way. Sure, I still keep a lookout for “fresh” air and bring it in when it is available, but for some stretches of time in the Midwest, “fresh” is rare and I do not intentionally allow the Indiana soup to get into my home.

What about mandatory residential ventilation? (Oops, will you look at that. We are almost out of room for this article and we will need to cut it short.) Briefly, until we have more time, yes fresh air makes sense; lots of it for some situations, much less for others. But with what I know about moisture, I think we are blindly rushing into problems with indiscriminate ventilation. Ventilation timing and moisture knowledge is critical. In many areas, ventilation strategies must include a dehumidifier. And by the way: An ERV is not a Dehumidifier. (Related article http://www.ie3media.com/erv/)

Incidentally, I could go for a good dose of fresh air right now. Let’s see, checking the dew point map, I wonder what size duct I might need to bring in 100 cfm of fresh air from Ely, Minnesota to Indianapolis?

AHRI Releases September 2014 US Heating and Cooling Shipment Data

AHRIAHRI recently released the September 2014 data on U.S. shipments of heating and cooling equipment. For September 2014, gas warm air furnaces increased 16.6% over September 2013. Oil furnace shipments increased 3.3% for this time period. Y-T-D gas warm air furnaces are up 4.9%. Y-T-D shipments of oil warm air furnaces are up 5.9%. Air conditioning and heat pump shipments were also up for May at 29.7% combined. Y-T-D these units are up 8.2% driven by a 16.9% increase in heat pump shipments. Click here for the full report: AHRI Shipment Data.

Videos On Your Web Site

YouTube-Video-EditorTons of studies have been done on how to increase Web site hits and usage. Of all of this research, one clear message stands out. Use of videos on your Web site (and with your social media posts), increase the rate of interaction with your site (and social posts.) You don’t need a high end studio to produce great videos. From instructional to testimonial, videos are easier to create than you might think. A simple Webcam or even a quality cell phone camera can create videos to share with your clients. There are many online (free) tools to help with video editing. YouTube offers a simple tool called Video Editor. One of the benefits of this is you can edit and post all in one spot. Videos should show your personality while engaging your clients. Keep them short, 2 – 5 minutes, and informative. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Humor is one of the best ways to engage your audience. We use a great online tool called Powtoon to create presentations, training videos, informational videos and more. There is free version available and it is easy to learn. So don’t be afraid to spend a little time creating some short clips about your company or team members. Even the most basic videos can go a long way to increase your Web presence.

Belimo Takes the Guesswork Out of Economizers

zip-economizerThere is a great new product on the market from Belimo. The ZIP Economizer makes installing an economizer in a new or retrofit application very simple.

“ZIP” stands for “ZIP code” – 5 little numbers that the installer keys in to automatically set up the ZIP Economizer for maximum energy savings in a given climate zone. No consulting temperature curves, no cross-referencing with energy codes, no operation manuals and no erroneous factory default settings.

This new product features onboard setup and diagnostics, alarm notifications, an automotive quality LCD and more. It also offers expansion modules for more functionlities, such as two-speed fan and Demand Control Ventiliation. There is even a communications module that provides alarm output and firmware updates.

The ZIP from Belimo will save contractors time and money when installing new or retrofit economizers. For more information, click here Belimo ZIP Economizer

Universal Communications Protocols Urged by ACCA

acca-logoACCA, the nation’s largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, recently published a great article urging manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment and controls to adopt universal communication protocols for “equipment commissioning and on-going diagnosis for the purposes of ensuring that HVAC equipment is properly installed and maintained.” Many manufacturers maintain proprietary protocols for communications, creating many different systems for technicians to learn and limited cross platform between different manufacturers’ systems.

Here is a link to the full article: ACCA Urges Manufacturers to Develop and Adopt Universal Communication Protocols

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