Category Archives: Web/Tech

Building an Effective Web Site

There are many factors that impact the usability of a Web site. From the look of the site to how easy it is to navigate, can impact a customers decision to do business with you. Also remember, effective Web design is judged by your customers, not you.

When designing (or redesigning) your site, you first must determine what you want users to get from the experience. This will guide the look and information you include on your site. Also keep in mind, customers using the Internet tend to want information quickly, so be clear and make the information easy to understand.

Don’t get cute with fonts. It is easy to litter a site with too many different fonts. San serif fonts work the best. Try to not use more than 3 fonts in your site to keep it simple.

Navigation is key. This determines how people move around your site. Use breadcrumbs (links at the top of the page to navigate users back to a particular page), arrange content into sections, keep menus simple and easy to understand.

Finally, studies show people scan computer screens in an “F” pattern, first viewing the top and left of the screen. Use this natural behavior to cater to your customers.

There are many great Web site building tools available online, so you don’t have to be a designer or a coder to create a beautiful and usable site. Take queues from the sites you visit often and don’t be afraid to make changes if you are not getting the results you expect. Happy Web site building!

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HVAC Smart Home Technology on the Rise

Last week, the NEWS enlisted Tom Jackson’s industry expertise to join a panel discussion on the rising use of smart home technology and its affect on the HVAC industry. Smart home technology to control a home’s climate remotely has been on the market for years, but increasingly popular use of smart mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, is driving the rising trend.   Homeowners can control temperature, humidity and energy consumption in their homes from anywhere at any time of day. Although Wi-Fi thermostats and controls currently represent less than 5 percent of the market, that percentage is expected to grow to 50 percent by 2015.   

 

A new product called the Nest Learning Thermostat is adding to the buzz of wireless home controls. Developed by former Apple engineers, Nest is being marketed direct to consumers. The Nest Learning Thermostat  has the ability to monitor from the internet, learn a homeowner’s schedule and use that information to program itself.

 

Homeowners are increasingly calling on HVAC contractors to deliver in the home automation market. The current customer base is largely homeowners who have more than one residence and want the ability to control their vacation home from their prime residence and vice versa. It won’t be long till the demand reaches the mainstream HVAC market.

 

We are on board with the rising trend. Our WEB Comfort™ Communicating Thermostat System controls up to 1000 thermostats through internet access while tracking energy usage that can be used to create a custom schedule.   

 

The WCT-32™ Wireless Comfort™ communicates via an RF wireless data link to a relay control module located near the HVAC equipment. 

 

Our T-32-P™ universal thermostat is compatible most residential HVAC systems and provides web-based remote access when used in conjunction with the Comfort Systems™ zoning systems.

 Check out a complete listing of our wireless and web-based solutions and get ready for the next big thing in HVAC. 

Jackson Systems launches new website

Make sure you check out the new look of Jackson Systems website. The new website now features browse by product type or manufacturer, an improved search function and sharing tools. We are currently adding new features and products daily, including our contractor central page, so please check back often to see the updates.

We always love to hear your feedback, so let us know what you think of the new website!

Jackson Systems partners with Online-Access

Jackson Systems has partnered with Online-Access
to help market your company online … and make selling
replacement products right through your site profitable & easy.
 
Jackson Systems has announced a partnership with Online-Access to offer their PagePilot contractor websites so contractors can market their company and provide an easy-to-maintain online store for their customers. Now, you will be able to let your customers order filters and other products through your website using Jackson Systems to ship the orders direct to your customers.
 
PagePilot websites are designed to market your business and to be a product and information source for your customer base. All PagePilot sites are optimized to help your site be found by consumers who use search engines to locate service companies in your area.

Online-Access’ E-Commerce system uses PayPal, one of the Internet’s most popular and trusted transaction providers, so you don’t have credit card concerns. Their E-Commerce can be used with ANY website, not just PagePilot. Through Online-Access’ system, Jackson Systems supports all product descriptions and pricing in addition to shipping orders, making setting up and maintaining your online store fast and easy.

 
Home Maintenance Reminders also come with E-Commerce. It is a scheduled system that automatically emails your customers telling them when to change their filter and other things they need to do to keep their systems working their best. You can add a changeable marketing message to every email sent. You can even reward your reminder customers with a special discount when they purchase the replacement products they need from you through a link in their reminder email.
 
To learn more about Online-Access’ PagePilot websites and features watch the Informational Video by clicking here.
 
To add an online-store to your existing site or to convert to a PagePilot website, call Online-Access toll-free at 1-888-966-4785 or click below to open an order form with pricing. Online-Access’ money-back guarantee provides you with 30 days to explore the PagePilot web generation and/or E-Commerce system risk free.

To learn more about Jackson Systems visit www.jacksonsystems.com.

ACCA Releases “Understanding Electricity”

ACCA Releases “Understanding Electricity”
Computer Video Training in Basic HVAC Electricity

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the largest organization of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) contractors, has released the latest in its popular series of computer-based training packages known as “HVAC Essentials.”

The latest package is entitled “Understanding Electricity” and explains the basic information necessary to properly understand, install and service the electrical circuits commonly associated with HVAC equipment.

 

Understanding Electricity” is a 5-CD set, each part taking 1-2 hours, allowing users to move at their own pace as they learn this vital part of HVAC installation and servicing. Taught by presenter Jack Rise, each video session is presented in plain English, with lots of real-world examples that make the necessary principles easy to learn and apply. Each CD also contains appropriate handout materials.

A brief excerpt of the training may be viewed online at www.acca.org/hvacessentials/. (Excerpts are also available there for the other packages in the “HVAC Essentials” series.)

The five CDs in “Understanding Electricity” are:

  • Part 1 – Atoms, Current Flow & Circuits
  • Part 2 – Relays, Contactors & Motors
  • Part 3 – Ohm’s Law, Series and Parallel Circuits, & Meters
  • Part 4 – Schematic Diagrams, Electrical Service Panels, & Compressors
  • Part 5 – Power Distribution and Electrical Safety

The “HVAC Essentials” CD sets comprise a full-featured training library that is available whenever you are. Other packages in the “HVAC Essentials” series include:

  • Understanding Manual J (Residential Load Calculation)
  • Understanding Manual D (Residential Duct Design)
  • Understanding Manual N (Light Commercial Load Calculation)
  • Understanding Manual Q (Low Pressure, Low Velocity Duct Design)
  • Understanding Section 608 (Refrigerant Handling)

To learn more information, view excerpts, and purchase any of these packages, visit www.acca.org/hvacessentials.  They may also be purchased by phone at 888-290-2220.

For over forty years, ACCA has served the nationwide educational, policy, and technical interests of the small businesses who design, install, and maintain indoor environmental systems. For more information, visit www.acca.org.

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To learn more about Jackson Systems visit www.jacksonsystems.com

Honeywell World of Wireless (WOW) Tour

All eyes are on the Honeywell World of Wireless (WOW) TOUR as it comes to a city near you. Get ready to be WOWed at this fast-paced, fun-filled event for Forward Thinking Distributors and Contractors featuring the introduction of Honeywell’s new wireless portfolio. Join us for food, drinks and fun, and walk away with a hands-on experience with the new products – plus your chance to win free product and prizes! Don’t miss out. Register soon to reserve a seat. Seating is limited on a first come, first serve basis.
Event Details*
  • Social Hour and Tradeshow: 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Event: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tradeshow: 6:00 p.m. – Beyond

The WOW Tour will be making stops in multiple cities.  To attend at a city near you visit http://www.forwardthinking.honeywell.com/wowtour for all the details and to register for this event. 

To learn more about Jackson Systems visit www.jacksonsystems.com.

Jackson Systems’ Warning Watchdog demo pieces now available

Jackson Systems now has Warning Watchdog demo pieces available for wholesalers to purchase.  The demo piece is a great way to help sell the Warning Watchog.

Warning Watchdog is the condensing unit security system that offers complete protection.

Theft of residential and commercial condensing units is on the rise. A hundred dollars worth of copper could cost your customer thousands of dollars to replace the outdoor condensing unit. The price of copper has more than doubled in the past year and thieves are out to steal or gut condensing units.

Jackson Systems is proud to announce the Warning Watchdog™, an alarm system that monitors individual condensing units and immediately detects voltage interruption, tampering or refrigerant loss. When activated, the Warning Watchdog™ sounds an extremely loud siren and can also be tied in with a phone dialer or any other security device. The Warning Watchdog™ works with split systems and packaged units.

Use the Warning Watchdog™ for retrofit or new installations and give your customers peace of mind by protecting their investment.

Warning Watchdog is Sold Exclusively Through HVAC Wholesale Distribution.  To locate this list you can visit http://jacksonsystems.com/search/161 to find the closest wholesalers to you.

Learn more about Jackson Systems, LLC at www.jacksonsystems.com.

Warning Watchdog featured on WFAA Dallas/Fort Worth newscast

The article below was featured on the WFAA newscast on Jackson Systems’ Warning Watchdog:

New technology sounds off on copper thieves

By BRAD HAWKINS / WFAA-TV

HASLET – As North Texans start firing up their air conditioners this spring, more and more have found their cool breeze has been taken away by copper thieves.

Copper thieves have become such a nuisance, it has led to a new kind of technology created to keep them away.

While sweltering heat hasn’t hit yet, that hasn’t slowed things down for air-conditioning repairmen, who have kept busy fixing units stripped by thieves.

The Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church was hit by thieves four times. The church has had three break-in attempts and one actuall break-in. They have also dished out thousands to replace expensive air conditioning condensing coils, which thieves steal and sell for cash.

Now, the church is installing a first-of-its kind system to protect in hopes they won’t be hit again. The hooked up alarm sounds loudly, and can tie into existing security systems. It is set off for multiple reasons, including a loss of power or a hard jolt.

"Anything that can notify us or alert us, whether it’s an alarm or a device that can get us out there to the scene before they’re finished, is going to be beneficial to us," said Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, with the Dallas Police Department, on the new technology.

Insurance companies haven’t yet caught on. News 8 couldn’t find any discounts on policies for the anti-theft device.

"It’s the same thing as your truck or your house or whatever," said Gerald Bennet, an administrator for Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church. "I f you can prevent a seven or eight, ten thousand dollar [unit] from being stolen, and only have to spend a few hundred dollars to do that, that’s money in the bank. Insurance companies ought to be publicizing this themselves."

Catch our new webinar series on zone control

We are excited to announce our launch of a webinar series on zone control. This valuable web-based workshop will help you learn about zoning, information on a couple specific products and will help you learn how to grow your business by selling zone control.

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The Z-200, The Green Zone, webinar will take place Wednesday, May 14th, 2 p.m. eastern time. Learn how this new 2-zone zone control panel and system will help you save money and energy!

The Z-2000 for light commercial and residential use will take place Tuesday, May 20th at 2 p.m. eastern time.

Just contact us to reserve your spot on the Webinar!

ACCA National Releases New Website

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new ACCA National website, visit there today. The site if full of business resources, technical resources, marketing resources and more. It’s really a great place to hit a lot of solid industry news and information – all in one spot.

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