Monthly Archives: April 2010

Another successful training at Jackson Systems

Jackson Systems wanted to say Thank You to all the local contractors who attended the Honeywell Commercial Thermostat and Economizertraining on Wednesday, April 21st. We had a fantastic turn out and wanted to share some of the training literature to those of you who were unable to attend. We have listed below information about the CommercialPRO7000, Commercial VisionPRO 8000 and the Econo-Pack Economizer System. If you would like additional information about any of these products discussed during our training, please contact one of our Inside Sales Engineers at 888-652-9663.

Thanks again and remember you can always keep up to date on the trainings and events at Jackson Systems by visiting our Events page at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Honeywell CommercialPRO™  7000 Sales Sheet
Honeywell CommercialPROTB7220U Installation Instructions

Honeywell Commercial VisionPRO 8000 Sales Sheet
Honeywell Commercial VisionPRO 8000 Installer Setup and System Test Pocket Guide
Honeywell Commercial VisionPROTB8220U Installation Instructions

Econo-Pack Economizer System Packet

Meet the Newes Member of the VisionPRO Family

Meet the Newest Member of the VisionPRO® Family
Upgraded Model Adds IAQ Control
The industry's favorite touchscreeen thermostat, the VisionPRO, now packs even more punch with a brand new model being introduced this month. The new TH8321U1097 VisionPRO has all the features you know and love – plus a configurable terminal which gives you the ability to control a single IAQ product – humidification, dehumidification or ventilation – the choice is yours.

Along with the IAQ function, the TH8321U1097 also provides these great features:

  • Desert Humidification
  • Enhanced Geothermal Heat Pump Control with Fossil Fuel Back-Up
  • Expanded Ventilation Lockouts

 

For more information please contact Jackson Systems at 1888-652-9663 or visit us at jacksonsystems.com

Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors are a crucial control in any commercial building for early detection of smoke and products of combustion present in air moving through HVAC ducts.  They are designed to prevent the recirculation or spread of smoke by air handling equipment, fans, or blowers.  These systems can be shut down in the event of smoke detection.  Smoke detectors usually come as ionization or photoelectric detectors.  Jackson Systems smoke detectors have output terminals to provide access to remote accessories such as horns, strobes, remote status indicators, and test/reset key switches.  Some of the features of the smoke detectors that Jackson Systems stock is:

-Low Flow Technology

-Connect up to 30 units for common functions

-front or rear loading and removing of sampling tubes

-sampling tube sizes of 2.5ft, 5ft, or 10ft

-Testing of smoke detector without cover removal

-“No-Tools required” for installation

-Easy wiring and installation

-Flashing LED on head indicates normal operation.

The smoke detectors that we have in stock are UL & CUL listed, CSFM listed, and MEA accepted.

Tom Jackson visits ACCA National Office

After a week of making sales calls in the Washington D.C. area, Tom Jackson, C.E.O. of Jackson Systems, was excited to make his last stop the ACCA National Office. He was able to meet several of the staff members as well as meet up with Kevin Holland and Hilary Atkins for dinner on Thursday evening. “After Paul Stalknecht visited Jackson Systems back in August, I’ve been looking forward to my next trip to Washington D.C.”, says Tom Jackson. “Everyone I met was extremely nice and welcoming.”

With being a strong supporter of ACCA, Jackson Systems is honored to be a 2010 Corporate Sponsor. For more information on Jackson Systems, please visit www.jacksonsystems.com. For more information about ACCA, visit www.acca.org.

Jackson Systems’ is an approved NATE Testing and Training Site

Jackson Systems is excited to announce their approval to be a NATE Testing and Training Site. Jackson Systems is now able to administer the NATE Core and Specialty Exams to contractors who are interested in becoming NATE Certified. Jackson Systems' first testing session was held on April 6, 2010.

In addition to becoming a NATE Testing site, Jackson Systems is now a NATE Training Site. So, what does that mean for you? Jackson Systems' hosts several training events throughout the year for Indiana contractors. Training classes usually last about two hours in the evening, and now contractors who attend the specified NATE Certified trainings will earn NATE Continuing Education hours. For those who are NATE Certified, in order for your NATE Certification to remain current, you must have a minimum of sixty (60) hours of continuing education over five years. So, not only is this a great way for you to stay current on your certification, you will keep up to date on the latest and greatest products in the HVAC industry (plus, we provide the dinner!) Jackson Systems current NATE Certified trainings include: The Green Zone Training and Intro to DDC for Commercial Systems. Jackson Systems is currently in the process of adding the Z-2000 Zone Control Training. 

At this time, no further dates have been scheduled for NATE Testing, however, please continue to check out the Jackson Systems Event page to keep up to date on Testing and Training Sessions.

Hometoys Interview with Tom Jackson: Controlling HVAC Systems with Home Automation

Hometoys, a news and information resource for Home Technology, recently had the chance to speak with Tom Jackson about the connection between HVAC and Home Automation. Read what Tom Jackson has to say about the role HVAC plays in the home automation market, the importance of energy savings and what types of equipment are available for home automation. Click here to view the full article on hometoys.com.

What role does HVAC play in the home automation market?
I believe that HVAC systems play a major role in automation and that connection is becoming much more important as energy savings takes center stage.

Not only does the HVAC equipment comprise one of the largest systems in a house, it is also the single biggest user of energy.  Because of this, it is only natural that it be integrated and controlled with the rest of the home’s systems.

 

Is thermostat control the only thing you can do with a home automation system?
While the main integration of HVAC and home automation will always be the temperature control (a.k.a. thermostat control), other indoor air quality devices will also be monitored and controlled.  This would include items such as humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air cleaners and UV lights.

 

What about Energy Management? How can I save energy with my Home Automation System?
There are several ways that home automation can play the role of the energy management system.  The first and most basic, is the configuring and running of schedules, very much like how a simple programmable thermostatworks.  The next level would involve whole house and individual schemes.  They could be based on a program preconfigured in the automation system, or using active sensors that know when a room is occupied.   Finally, home automation would allow for “peak demand” control, so that during high energy usage times, either the home owner or utility could regulate the systems.

 

Which type of HVAC system do you find gives the best energy savings return when controlled by an Automation System?
Regardless of whether or not there is an home automation system, HVAC equipment selection and system design are critical.  There are many factors that play into what is the best system for a particular application, there is no “one size fits all” approach.  I would say that geothermal heating has really become mainstream and is an option that each homeowner would want to consider.  I do want to stress, that proper installation is by far the most important aspect of the HVAC system.  You can have the highest efficiency equipment available, but if it is not installed properly, it will not deliver on its promises of comfort and savings.

 

Are all Home Automation Systems created equal or do you recommend specific systems to control your HVAC equipment?
Honestly, the home automation system really should not make much of a difference.  Currently most HVAC equipment is controlled by a thermostat, which is really nothing more than a simple switch to turn the HVAC equipment on and off.  So the most important aspect is that the thermostat and or home automation system is compatible with the equipment.  In other words, if you have a heat pump then your thermostat or automation system needs to be able to control that type of equipment.  The HVAC industry is starting to change some, many of the equipment manufacturers (Trane, Carrier, Lennox, etc.) have developed their own propriety controls systems, which will make it much more difficult to integrate with home automation systems.

 

How important is thermostat location to overall performance and comfort?
Thermostat location is important and you should follow all the basic rules.

Install the thermostat in a location that represents the ambient space temperature. Do not install the thermostat in an area where drafts are present, near the floor, behind doors or on an external wall. Avoid placing the thermostat in areas where the air movement is limited, affected by direct sunlight or other areas not typical of the temperature in the space.

However, with more wireless products hitting the market, people now actually have the option to have their thermostat as a remote control unit.  While this means you can sense the temperature where you are and not where the thermostat is mounted on the wall, you have to be careful about losing the device or leaving it somewhere where you do not want it.

Ideally, adding zone controlto any HVAC system allows for increased comfort and better temperature control. Zone controlis a household control system that allows you to use only one HVAC unit and have up to 12 separate temperature zones, or areas, controlled by individual thermostats and motorized dampers located in the ductwork. If you use programmable thermostats, not only do you get the comfort you want but the energy savings you demand. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the time and temperature of each zone in the home without having to constantly adjust the thermostats. This innovative system allows you to accommodate your lifestyle and control your utility bill.

 

What are some of the new products being released in the HVAC industry?
I think the HVAC industry has been focused on several areas, including higher efficiency units (partly mandated by the government), new refrigerants and controls.  There also is a continued push to improve indoor air quality through new products such as energy recovery ventilators.  Additionally we are starting to see the introduction of solar into the traditional HVAC marketplace.  Web-based thermostats are also gaining in popularity (these actually can operate without any home automation and really only require a high-speed Internet connection).

 

What other types of equipment and sensors do you recommend for the home system?
I want to reemphasis the importance of a quality installation, including the proper ductwork and sealing of the ductwork.  Beyond this, I believe it really have a lot to do with personal preference and your budget.  I do think that zoning is a great product that really gives the homeowner the type of comfort they are looking for (but in full disclosure, that is what Jackson Systems manufactures).

 

If you were building a new dream home, what type of HVAC system would you install and how would you control it?
If it were my home and money was not a concern, I would put in geothermal units with zoning, media air cleaners, UV lights, steam humidifiers, whole-house dehumidifiers and energy recovery ventilators.  I would then be able to control each zone from the home automation systems through touchscreens and remotes.

 

Looking in your crystal ball — what can we expect to see in the next 5 or 10 years in your industry?
There will be a an ongoing quest to increase efficiency, find new refrigerants that are better for the environment, a push toward zero energy usage and devices that allow us to be connected to our house in real time, all the time.

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