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Performance Contracting

Tom Jackson visits with a contractor at the ACCA Building Performance Forum sponsored by "The News"

Tom Jackson visits with a contractor at the ACCA Building Performance Forum sponsored by “The News”

Energy savings is top-of-mind as we move into what could be a very harsh winter in some parts of the United States. This paired with the growing consumer demand for “green” products is driving many HVAC contractors to performance-based contracting. By viewing the house as a system, these contractors open up a new revenue stream while also doing their customers a great service. As energy costs continue to increase and the demand for “greener” products grows, performance-based contracting is sure to follow.

Here is a link to a great story in “The News”, explaining some strategies for getting into performance-based contracting and resources available to contractors. ACCA Examines Performance-Based Contracting

A Long Cold Winter Predicted

Jaymie Hunckler

This blog post is courtesy of Jaymie Hunckler, Account Manager at Jackson Systems.

Stock up on your hats and gloves now (or rather your hot surface igniters and thermocouples); winter is just around the corner! If you’re an advocate of the Farmer’s Almanac, prepare now – this winter is going to be a doozy!

Calling this winter the “Days of Shivery”, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the United States. While nationwide, last winter was relatively mild, less a few end of season ‘blizzards’, the nation’s coldest temperatures this year will stretch from the Northeast, through the Southeast, Midwest and Southern plains, with above average precipitation rates. What does all this mean? Batten down the hatches, boys, the snow is ON.ITS.WAY (although it is predicted the Pacific Northwest and West Coasts will experience a drier, warmer winter).

Now, it’s easy to challenge the Farmers’ Almanac prediction. The almanac claims an 80% success rate in weather predictions, though many, especially meteorologists refute the 80% success rate claim. Because the almanac doesn’t actually share its mathematical equation for weather prediction, instead indicating that the “top secret” formula is based off of past weather patterns, sunspot activities, and other phenomenon. Even more interesting, the Farmers’ Almanac will not disclose the true identity of its forecast predictor, identifying him simply as “Caleb Weatherbee”.

Regardless of whether or not you take the Farmers’ Almanac predictions to heart, colder weather is coming – and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Preparation is key in the HVAC industry, as system failures and other malfunctions are the only true predictables each winter.

The last thing any contractor wants is to find himself without critical supplies when on a jobsite. In order to serve as a stronger all-around resource for all our contractors, and help ensure all of our clients are as prepared as possible, Jackson Systems is proud to announce that we are now offering Honeywell Combustion products. Contractors may choose from a line-up of new products, such as hot surface igniters, thermocouples, fan timers, contactors, pilot controls and oil burner control units. For more information, check out the products page on the Jackson Systems website: Honeywell Combustion Products

Feel free to contact us anytime at 1-888-652-9663 for more information or to request a quote.

Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors of 2012

The Best Carbon Monoxide Detectors of 2012

Imagine the situation; a family is going about their usual routine and getting ready to turn in for the night when they hear an alarm so loud it could wake the dead. Only it isn’t their smoke alarm going off, it’s their carbon monoxide detector reacting to a leaky furnace – a leaky furnace that is emitting an odorless, deadly gas. Thank goodness their HVAC service person suggested installing the detector last month during a routine service call. Imagine the outcome if he hadn’t thought to mention it. His simple suggestion saved an entire family from a silent killer, and now he will forever be a hero in this family’s eyes.

 

Carbon monoxide is one of the most common household threats, and many states have laws that require certain residential buildings to have working carbon monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors offer an up sell opportunity (and a chance to save lives) for every routine service call.  Homeowners will likely welcome the ability to mitigate the risk of losing a loved one.

 

This silent killer gas is emitted from any appliance that burns natural gas such as gas stoves, heaters or improperly vented fireplaces to name just a few. Without such a life saving device people will have to rely on noticing symptoms such as feeling of lethargy, nausea, sudden tiredness, dizziness or headaches. However, if you are asleep in your bed when this silent killer comes around you will never wake up.

 

When you go into a home ask or check to see if they have a carbon monoxide detector that is working and up to date. It is a good idea to have one near the bedrooms and another in close proximity to the furnace. Make sure to install them so they are mounted towards the floor because carbon monoxide is heavier than air so it settles around the floor.

 

Air Products and Control came out with three new carbon monoxide detectors in 2012 that offer some very useful innovations. The latest addition to their line of contractor-friendly life safety devices includes UL Listed Carbon Monoxide Alarms and Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. They are tailored for indoor residential applications, backed by APC’s 5-year warranty, these professional-grade alarms are a convenient, high quality alternative to what they’re offering at the Big Box store.

 

These detectors come with optochemical sensor technology which provides resistance to nuisance alarms, extends the sensor life and has a failsafe notification. If, for example, you have a low battery, it has a low audible sound that tells you your batteries need replaced.

 

These models also come with an alarm that will alert a homeowner when the CO detector needs to be replaced. Many people are unaware that an actual sensor has a limited life of about six years. This feature will let homeowners rest assured that they will know when their sensor is no longer working.

 

Air Products and Controls 2012 models

 

APC-9v-C

Works with a nine volt battery and is a great option for existing structures since there is no expensive wiring required.

 

APC-9v-Co-S

This model also works with a nine volt battery, but is different because it is a combination CO and smoke detector.

 

APC-120v-Co-S

Works with a 120 volt battery and hard wired combination and is a combination CO and smoke detector. This model is the best option for new construction and can be wired in accordance with building codes to accommodate the rising legislation requiring all new construction to have wired CO detectors for homes with fossil fuel heat sources. The battery operation is included to work as a backup in case of a power outage.

Duct Mounted Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Jackson Systems is now stocking duct mounted CO sensors.  The new SL-701 detector samples the air stream at the AHU supply or return.  In the event dangerous levels of CO are detected, the SL-701 will shut down the AHU to prevent the spread of harmful gas to the occupied space. The SL-701 CO detector wires similar to the duct mounted smoke detector commercial HVAC contractors are familiar with. 

The SL-701 comes as a kit containing everything you need for installation; 

Duct mounted Co Detector

Sampling Tubes

Remote accessory with audible and LED alarm indications

Mounting template and hardware

For more information on the SL-701, please contact us at 888-652-9663 or visit us online at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Gas Detection

A wireless gas detection system is an industry that should see substantial growth in the next several years.  A wireless gas detection system can provide fast reliable protection from harmful gases such as CO and NO2. Complying with building codes, saving energy and protecting occupants are 3 benefits of a gas detection system.  A wireless gas detection system is usually made up of a controller, several transmitters, and possibly a relay module to operate exhaust fans and louvers.  The control panel or monitoring panel is the brains of the system.  The transmitters are your gas sensors that communicate ambient air readings to a central monitoring panel.   The relay module is a remote switching station to control exhaust or louvers.  The system captures local readings at each transmitter and uses zone averaging to keep fluctuations from activating circulation systems unnecessarily.  The control panel can activate only those fans and devices necessary to clear the affected area when gas concentration rises.

Wireless relay modules for gas detection

Many wireless relay modules can support up to three full programmable alarm levels with time delays before or after an alarm.  Most relay modules have multiple double-pull, double-throw relays for alarms or faults.  A wireless relay module can be installed next to a group of fan starters that can activate a fan for a certain zone.  This relay module provides flexibility in new design buildings as well as reduced installation costs in existing buildings.  For more information, contact Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or find out more about gas detection at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Zoning a wireless gas detection system

Zoning a wireless gas diction system has many advantages. Some controllers can handle up to 126 zones.  Individual transmitters can belong to an unlimited number of zones.  Zoning provides maximum flexibility and reliability.  Zoning can reduce operation costs, energy consumption, and wear and tear by operating exhaust fans only in the zone that have a high level of harmful gases.   Zone averaging can average readings from several transmitters in one zone.  Thus if a car is idling near one transmitter in a zone the averaging component will not unnecessary start an exhaust fan.  Zone averaging can save energy and costs by analyzing the whole area rather than activating a fan from a high gas concentration reading from a signal device.  For more information, contact Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or find out more about wireless gas detection at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Wireless Gas detection meshed network

A wireless meshed network is a great feature for gas detection.   In its normally working mode wireless meshed gas detection network monitors ambient gas concentration.  A meshed network will not only send information from the transmitters to the controller but it will also send information between transmitters.  The benefits of a meshed network is that if one transmitter goes off line or is blocked by an obstruction the transmitters can communicate with each other around this defective transmitter.  It could be considered a similarity of a parallel electric circuit versus a series electric circuit in that you have different routes to travel if one component fails.  For more information, contact Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or find out more about wireless gas detection at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Wireless Gas Detectors

Many gas detectors can monitor Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), or Oxygen (O) in parking garages or other applications.  Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) are the harmful gases produced by cars and trucks.  Oxygen deficiency ensures that occupants have enough breathable oxygen.  Different transmitters might be needed for each gas as the concentration of the gases tends to gather at different heights in an area.  Carbon Monoxide detectors are typically mounted at a height of 5 feet from the ground surface.  Nitrogen Dioxide Monitors are typically mounted at a height of 2 feet from the ceiling.  For more information, contact Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or find out more about wireless gas detectors at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Gas Detection

A wireless gas detection system is an industry that should see substantial growth in the next several years.  A wireless gas detection system can provide fast reliable protection from harmful gases such as CO and NO2. Complying with building codes, saving energy and protecting occupants are 3 benefits of a gas detection system.  A wireless gas detection system is usually made up of a controller, several transmitters, and possibly a relay module to operate exhaust fans and louvers.  The control panel or monitoring panel is the brains of the system.  The transmitters are your gas sensors that communicate ambient air readings to a central monitoring panel.   The relay module is a remote switching station to control exhaust or louvers.  The system captures local readings at each transmitter and uses zone averaging to keep fluctuations from activating circulation systems unnecessarily.  The control panel can activate only those fans and devices necessary to clear the affected area when gas concentration rises. For more information, contact Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or find out more about gas detection at www.jacksonsystems.com.

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