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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:
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.
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!
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:
- We have every filter imaginable.
- Filters are high in quality.
- We have an APP for that.
- We deliver for FREE.
- 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
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.
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 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:
Lux IoT (NATE Certified)
Lux Thermostats (NATE Certified)
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!
Optimize your energy usage and savings by controlling HVAC, electricity, schedule and automate lighting with our wireless communicating energy management system: #WebComfort. http://www.webcomfort.com/
The Web Comfort System from Jackson Systems integrates lighting, climate control, fans, metering and plug loads to provide a powerful integrated energy management solution. The lighting, thermostat, fan control and metering software share the Web Comfort Energy Manager and operate as an integrated application. And, the Z-2000 zoning system now integrates with the Web Comfort Energy Management System!
Remote monitoring features can include:
- Web Comfort Wirelessly Communicating Thermostat
- Signal Range Extender
- Wireless Lighting Controller
- Wireless Lighting and Load Controllers
- Web Comfort Wireless Door/Window Contact Sensor
- Web Comfort Wired Occupancy Sensor
- Web Comfort Wireless Contact Sensor
- Web Comfort Wireless Relay
- Web Comfort Wireless Metering and Verification
- Web Comfort Destratification Fan
- Web Comfort Wireless Outlet Controller
- Enables multiple thermostats to be wirelessly networked through a building
- Metering and demand response
- Easy to install and configure
- Optional connectivity to Modbus® and BACnet®
- Secure wireless 2.4GHz ZigBee® communications with other networked devices
- Data storage retains all system events for over one year. Event data can be analyzed to optimize energy usage and savings.
- Graphical views of real-time and historical energy usage provide comprehensive and actionable information to users.
- Scalable to manage a single building or an entire campus
- Can operate independently or as an integrated solution.
- Made in the USA (ARRA Compliant)
In the month of May, 2017, Jackson Systems is offering 10% off a Web Comfort System with the purchase of 5 or more devices. http://info.controlsintelligence.com/may-product-spotlight-web-comfort
Today, Ecobee announced the early May launch of Ecobee4. The Ecobee4 is expected to include a built-in microphone and speaker that offers Amazon Alexa integration right on the device. Ecobee3 already works with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant but requires an Amazon Echo smart speaker. https://9to5mac.com/2017/04/24/ecobee4-homekit-thermostat-teased-may-3-unveiling/
With a sleeker look and other enhancements not yet announced, Ecobee is raising the bar for their competition–not just in FABS (features and benefits), they are discounting the Ecobee3 in advance of the launch. But who is really winning? Contractors and customers are right now!
Jackson Systems provides best pricing on Ecobee thermostats and sensors. For more infomation, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=ecobee
Earth Day is April 22nd. This is the day that people from countries all across the globe will recognize that, collectively, we can all do our part to grow a healthier, more efficient and sustainable world.
The first Earth Day was petitioned by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and declared in 1970. Worried that issues as important as our environment were not being addressed in politics or by the media, he conceived this day to bring recognition to the careless attitudes towards it.
Small Changes in HVAC Can Have a Big Impact on Energy Savings
More than 50% of our combined energy use comes from HVAC systems. Poorly maintained or outdated HVAC accounts for the greatest amount of wasted energy in the world. The Energy Alliance Group reports that every year in our country alone, 30% of the $200 billion spent on commercial utility bills is wasted through inefficient heating and cooling systems.* To put this in perspective…what we waste in a single year is enough to heat and cool a small country for lifetime. And, that doesn’t even include residential systems.
Federal and state regulations have demanded manufacturers of HVAC systems design them to operate at higher efficiencies. And, they have answered that call! Couple that with automated system controls – like programmable, smart and learning thermostats – and these efficiencies will significantly contribute to creating a better environment.
Though some changes may seem slight at first, when we cooperate collectively, the results can be huge. Jackson Systems celebrates Earth Day with a vow to our contractor customers to continue to do our part by offering the innovative products that will help them reduce the environmental impact their customers make.
This week, in recognition of Earth Day, Jackson System is offering savings on two great thermostats that are proven to save energy:
Buy 4 Nest Stats; Get a Free Google Home http://info.controlsintelligence.com/nest-earth-day-promo
$10 OFF ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Stat https://jacksonsystems.com/products/ecobee3-wifi-smart-stat.html?jujrtyghfud26898a630676a-1a-1a1144
For more information or to order, call 888.652.9663.
Our tagline “Controls Done Right” are not just words; they are solutions! And our HVAC solutions have grown greatly in recent years.
HVAC is more sophisticated than any contractor could have imagined even 20 years ago. Contractors now rely on Jackson Systems’ products to provide a large range of system solutions. Here are 3 such Jackson Systems’ products that can help alleviate some common HVAC headaches:
Dual Fuel Kit
A dual-fuel system allows for the use of a gas furnace as the backup or auxiliary heat with a heat pump system. Jackson Systems’ Dual Fuel Kit can be used with heat pumps/fossil fuel systems having up to four stages of heating and two stages of cooling. Outdoor thermostat included for low balance control point.
Jackson Systems’ Lead/Lag Controller offers true, two-stage lead-lag control designed to balance the operating run time between two redundant systems. When used with HVAC equipment, the controller can be used in conjunction with our Twinning Kit to bring on both units with a multi-stage thermostat. Jackson Systems’ Lead/Lag Controller helps reduce equipment maintenance and wear in a variety of applications.
Universal Twinning/Paralleling Kit
Jackson Systems’ Twinning Control panel is designed to allow a single thermostat to control two separate HVAC units (can also be expanded to control a total of four HVAC units). Numerous installation options are available, including multi-unit upstaging and lead-lag, when used with our Lead/Lag Controller.
Jackson Systems remains a leader in HVAC product innovations. To learn more about these products, visit us https://jacksonsystems.com/category/dual-fuel-lead-lag-twinning-controls.html or call us at 888-652-9663. We can help you solve some of your most difficult HVAC problems.
It’s that time of year when the furnace kicks on and off constantly to try to maintain the set temperature. It’s also a time when more of them will malfunction. Make sure your customers are protected with #COdetectors.
Carbon monoxide is such a dangerous threat because it is odorless, colorless and it’s deadly…and you can’t tell whether or not it’s leaking into living or work spaces until sometimes it is too late.
States are passing specific carbon monoxide detector legislation for buildings. Duct mounted carbon monoxide detectors provides early detection of carbon monoxide in air moving through the hvac duct supply, return, or both in commercial and industrial building.
Duct mounted versions of CO detectors are extremely effective because they sample the air at the supply and/ or return. In the event dangerous levels of CO are detected, they shut down the system to prevent the spread of harmful gas to building’s occupied spaces.
Learn more about our CO detectors, including this Duct Mounted Carbon Monoxide Detector Kit with Sectional Sampling Tubes and Remote Accessory. https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=co+detectors
Many other options available. Call your Jackson Systems representative today for more information. 888-652-9663
Here’s a fresh idea…as fresh as the spring air! <cue the soft music and white sheets on the clothes line blowing in the wind>
But, seriously, when the warmer spring weather arrives, homeowners often find themselves inspired to clean, tune-up and make repairs around the house. Just like homeowners, contractors too should be so inspired. After all, there’s no better time than the shoulder season of spring to take a deep dive into the dark spaces of your warehouse or storage facility to find revenue opportunity. What do we mean? Consider these:
If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Sell It…Declutter Your Warehouse.
Seasonal changes and the erratic demands of the contracting business during peak season make maintaining the warehouse a battle. But, it is amazing what you will find in your warehouse when you just clean it. Do this on a weekly basis and you can create a new revenue stream. Mystery inventory, returned or damaged goods, and special volume buys surface and no longer have anywhere to hide. Either return them to the supply house or sell them. Both will positively add to your bottom line!
Filters, Filters Everywhere!
Filters are so vulnerable. We aim to bet that every contractor has hundreds of broken, dented or torn filters strewn about their warehouse. The littlest bit of nudging, dirt or over-packing can make them unusable. But, this problem is an easy one to fix! Consider subscribing to a customer-direct, air filter delivery program like FilterFetch™ and you don’t ever have to stock a filter again! FilterFetch™ does it for you. Let us manage the program completely and make your deliveries…and it costs you nothing. In fact, contractors make money from FilterFetch™ and you don’t have to do a thing after signing up your homeowners. Learn more about the FilterFetch™ program for contractors here: https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch
Rejected Equipment? Create a Showroom.
We all have those customers…you know the ones. You go above and beyond and they are never satisfied. Ultimately, they’ve asked you to remove the equipment. You do so and there it sits in the warehouse for who knows how long. Take advantage of this opportunity to show this equipment to all who come to your office. Clean it up as good as you can, place it in your reception area and you have a new showroom. Less expensive HVAC items like UV lights, thermostats, filters, “smart things”, and other small items also display well in a showroom. Your showroom doesn’t have to be large. A single wall space will do. Do this and you can watch your add-on sales surge!
Consider a Spring Promotion: “We’re Cleaning Up Our Warehouse And You’re Winning Because Of It!”
Capitalize on the spring-cleaning theme by offering a special promotion to your homeowners during this time. For example, you may offer a free thermostat with install. It’s a great way to get rid of the extra ones you’ve accumulated over the year. Or, offer a six-month supply of free filters with a tune-up to rid yourself of overstock.
Clean Up and Be Safe!
Probably the best reason to spring clean your warehouse is to provide a safe and clean work environment for your staff. Having more open, cleaner space is not only safer and healthier, but it makes tasks like receiving and loading much easier. Finally, label shelves and you’ll also enjoy less costly mistakes.
It’s tempting to hold onto old inventory, but in reality, it is only taking up important space on your warehouse shelves and that’s costing you money.
This spring, clean up your warehouse and save your valuable space for inventory that’s actually going to make you money. Add one to two additional hours of cleaning per week to maintain your warehouse and you will surely enjoy the benefits and opportunities that this more organized space will provide.
Jackson Systems zoning systems solve many problems of discomfort in homes and buildings including overheating/overcooling, differences temperature needs between floors, basements, additions and other bonus rooms, and in challenging spaces. Zoning can also solve comfort problems associated with high ceilings, walls of windows and other rogue heat emitting devices.
Zoning basically means a home or office building’s spaces get divided up into areas or “zones” and looked at individually for comfort. For example, a two-story house with a basement may be divided into three zones: one zone for each level. A zoning system is beneficial because each zone can have a different temperature control to accommodate its different uses (or non-uses), occupancies and other comfort requirements.
Multiple thermostats are used in a zoning system—one for each zone. The thermostat calls for air and opens and closes the motorized damper installed in each zone to meet the set temperature.
How well zoning works is only as good as the zoning equipment that controls it. Jackson Systems is the best in the business of zoning equipment manufacturing. How can we say this? Aside from our many industry design awards, we have thousands of happy contractors using our zone dampers in tens of thousands of homes and buildings every day. And, our large variety of zoning dampers are made in every shape and size and to work with every new HVAC system.
When dealing with existing construction, we also offer retro-fit dampers.
To learn more about Jackson Systems zone damper offering, visit us at https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html or call us at 888-652-9663.
Jackson Systems is celebrating 20 years of “Controls Done Right™”
When it comes to selecting a thermostat, customers have many choices. Are you offering them all? If not, you are leaving a lot of money on the table.
Consider these proven facts:
- When consumers have a “choice,” the likelihood of closing a sale grows by 30%.*
- Not making the most of this powerful bottom-line enhancing strategy “Here’s the thermostat we offer, take it or leave it.” Many will choose to leave it!
- Pricing options are perceived by buyers as total transparency; trusted.
There are 3 kinds of buyers: cheap buyers, middle of the road buyers, and those who want the best of everything! You’ll be surprised how many buyers choose middle of the road or highest price when presented with options. With today’s thermostat options, this is a golden opportunity.
Of course, the most persuasive thing that any HVAC professional can do is to put educational and truthful product information out there for their prospects. So, “say what?” Here’s what we suggest:
- Give the FABs (features and benefits) of each thermostat you present. Sure it will take longer to make the sale, but your chances of closing are greater.
- Say it like this:
- Good (lower price) – Basic, Select, Performance
- Better (higher price) – Advantage, Choice
- Best (highest price) – Preferred, Superior, Premium
- Never state the bottom-line price when giving options.
- Use % increase for the options “The best option is only 10% more.”
It’s a WIN! WIN! WIN!
Everyone wants to feel good about the purchases they make for their home. This is certainly true of thermostats. Give your customers options…it’s a winning proposition for everyone. When presented with options, customers win because they are getting better served. Your company wins because when a pricing options strategy is implemented, it will gain significant profits. And, if you are working for commissions, you win by growing sales!
Jackson Systems offers more thermostat options than most suppliers—from the most innovative smart thermostats like Nest, Ecobee and Lyric, to the most affordable, simple stats. And, we have extremely competitive pricing. But, that’s not all…we go above and beyond by providing our free, optional imprinting service for thermostats and backplates. Leave your logomark and phone number on every thermostat you install and watch your repeat business growth soar, as well!
Make Jackson Systems your one stop shop for thermostats and we’ll help you grow your bottom line! For our comprehensive line of stats and pricing, call Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663 or shop our product offering at https://jacksonsystems.com/category/thermostats.html
*Americanexpress.com, 30 Ways to Boost Sales Without Discounting
Reposted from http://www.aacpnet.org/Newsletter-2017-03#zone
Homeowner demands for comfort have changed. They want ultimate comfort, greater system efficiency, and less noise. Simply installing a new HVAC system no longer meets these demands.
Zoning Solves Comfort Issues
More of today’s new homes have “open concepts,” more windows, higher ceilings and multiple levels. Solutions on how we will heat and cool those types of spaces must now be considered in the HVAC plan.
The most comfortable new homes today have a “zoning system” installed with their heating and cooling equipment. Zoning is the method by which temperature is managed differently for certain areas of a home with multiple thermostats, rather than controlling the whole house from one thermostat.
Zoning not only increases the level of comfort, but it also helps homeowners save on the cost of heating and cooling their home—up to 30% annually. This is achieved because only the amount of heating and cooling needed in a particular zone is supplied and system usage is minimized. For a homeowner that also could mean a longer lasting system.
What a Zoning System Looks Like
A zoning system has six main components: a zone panel that manages the entire operation and gets installed with the HVAC system; a transformer to power the zone panel; zone dampers (one for each zone); one thermostat for each zone; a discharge air sensor and a bypass damper to release air pressure.
The zone panel gets installed at the system and is where all of the wires come together. Zone panels are preset to “plug and play,” but do allow for auxiliary needs or add-on’s like air cleaners or humidifiers.
Zone dampers reside in the ductwork – one for each zone – and channel conditioned air to the right places at the right times. As calls for heating and cooling come in, a zone damper opens and closes to provide the air into the zone. Most operate so quietly, a homeowner doesn’t even know they are moving about inside the ductwork.
Calls for heating and cooling are controlled by a thermostat; one placed in each zone. Using an example of a two-story home, a homeowner may only use the upstairs in the evening, and the basement even less frequently. While the main living space (zone 1) may have the thermostat set to 72˚, the upstairs thermostat (zone 2) could be set to 65˚ and the basement (zone 3) to 68. Zoning saves money on utility bills and wear and tear on the system because calls for heating and cooling are minimized in zones that need it less.
The discharge air sensor is also mounted in the supply duct before any zone dampers. It probes the air, sensing the temperature, and cuts off the heating or cooling when the delivered air temperature goes above or below normal operating limits.
Finally, bypass dampers eliminate the buildup of excess pressure. Bypass dampers automatically bypass air when increases in duct static pressure occur due to closing of zone dampers.
5 “Rules of Thumb” About Zoning That Should Always be Followed
- Ductwork 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.
- It is always better to slightly undersize the HVAC equipment than to oversize it. Two-stage equipment is always a better choice.
- Dampers should be installed at least 2 feet away from the plenum, when possible.
- It is a good practice to size the smallest zone to handle approximately 25% of the system CFM. And, upsizing registers in the smallest zone to the next larger size should be considered.
- Always use a separate 24-volt transformer to power the zone panel. (Do not use the equipment transformer.)
Whole-house zoning systems are effective, easy to install and many come with lengthy warranties for years of guaranteed comfort and energy savings. Contractors can gain a technological advantage with homeowners when offering zoning as a comfort solution but should look for a supplier who can also provide knowledgeable support and troubleshooting when purchasing zoning system for their customers.