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Happy Thanksgiving from Jackson Systems

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our employees to reflect on the past year and share what they are thankful for. Here are some of their answers:

 

Kati L Clem, Marketing Coordinator 

 

“I am thankful for friends and family who love me, my pet cats: Lunetta and Starshine and a comfortable lifestyle. I’m thankful for my creativity and an education that has allowed me to contribute meaningfully and apply my skills to constantly changing purposes. I’m fortunate to have maintained independence through the past several very challenging years. Even though I am quiet natured I’m glad that my inner self is usually resilient enough to be peaceful despite the world’s negativity. I’m thankful that I have the motivation to be a constant learner so that life stays fresh and I can grow every day.”

 

Tom Jackson, CEO

 

“I am incredibly blessed.  I am most thankful for God, my family and my country.  And while I could expand on all three of these, I will just take a brief moment to mention our country.  Every day, I have to pause and remember that it is our freedom here in the United States that allows each of us to pursue our dreams and goals.  America allows us to be who we want to be.  I am thankful that our forefathers had wisdom and foresight, and I am thankful for all those who have, and are currently, defending her.

 

I am also thankful that my 13 year old yellow Labrador retriever “Terra” still wags her tail at me.  She has a hard time getting up and walking but still seems as happy as a puppy!”

 

Mike Lee, Account Manager

 

“I am thankful for our clients.  It is truly amazing to work with such great clients and assist them by providing our amazing HVAC controls products. I am thankful for the Jackson family; they have created an exceptional place to work and a great atmosphere.  I truly look forward to work every day!”

 

Kurt Wessling, Director of Sales

 

“As I ponder Thanksgiving’s approach, I am reminded of all that I am thankful for.  I am most thankful for what I call my “daily blessings.” Some of my daily blessings are: another day to try my best, my family and friends to love and be loved by, my 125 pound Mastiff’s tail wagging as I awake, my cat’s meow, a great place to work, great people to work with, wonderful clients to help serve, sports to watch, books to read, workouts to complete – and of course, the good health to enjoy them all!   Daily blessings come in many forms – sometimes a stranger’s smile or your own to make them pause, 12 oz. cold bottles work some days but so does a child’s laughter… Turkey dinners or a favorite fast food snack…

 

Whatever your daily blessings are- remember this -  there is always someone in this world who has it worse and would gladly trade places with you.  Be thankful for what you have and for what you are working towards – including the journey!  Remember to smile - it’s contagious!”

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The Joseph Groh Foundation

Meet Matthew Blaylock, the latest grant recipient of the Joseph Groh foundation, an organization Jackson Systems supports each year.

 

Most of us take for granted the freedom of mobility that our motor vehicles provide us. For many who become disabled however, the one-two punch of loss of income coupled with the cost of specialized transportation is difficult to overcome.

 

Please take a minute to read Matt’s story and consider how great of a difference a community can make in one person’s life.

 

We hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Matt’s Story

 

After Matt graduated from high school in Leesville, South Carolina, he decided to pursue a career as an electrician. He became a licensed, bonded and insured residential electrician in the state of South Carolina, and has been working in that capacity for the past 13 years. As an electrician, Matt ran wiring for new homes and performed work in pre-existing homes. He completed electrical projects ranging from vacuum systems to alarm systems and home automation. He also was involved in building home theater systems from the ground up. On a hot summer day in 2011, Matt decided to join some friends for an afternoon on the water, having been on a job that morning. He was looking forward to relaxing and cooling off.

 

When Matt dove into the water, he hit his head on the bottom, breaking his neck at the C-4/C-5 vertebra.

 

As a result of the accident, Matt is now a quadriplegic. Like most newly paralyzed individuals, Matt had reoccurring issues that caused him to regularly seek medical attention. The accident however had devastated his finances and he had no independent way to get to these appointments. He had to either rent handicapped accessible vehicles or use an ambulance for more severe issues. Living in a rural community east of Columbia, South Carolina made that a difficult and expensive proposition. He needed a vehicle but finances stood in the way.

 

Matthew’s aunt lives in Frisco, Texas and as it happens, one of the members of her church is a friend of the foundation who introduced him to the Joseph Groh foundation. Handicapped accessible vehicles generally rank high on the list of needed items for newly disabled individuals, but they can also be very expensive. The demand for affordable and reliable transportation is high, so when a suitable vehicle is found action must be taken quickly.

 

Due to the generosity of supporters, the foundation was able to act quickly when Matt’s parents found the right van.

 

Following receipt of the vehicle Matt wrote, “My family and I cannot thank you enough for all your help. This was my most pressing need as I have had major difficulties getting to doctor appointments etc. Thank you so much for this van.”

 

The Joseph S. Groh Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support to employees, former employees, family members of employees and former employees of the construction trades industry (plumbing, HVAC, electrical, roofing etc.) who have suffered permanent spinal cord injuries or other permanent and life altering disabilities. This charitable organization will not engage in any non exempt activity.

 

For more information on the Joseph S. Groh Foundation, please visit http://www.josephgrohfoundation.org/

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ACCA Fall Meetings Bring Contractors New Ideas, Fresh Approaches

ACCA, the nation’s largest organization of indoor environment and energy services contracting businesses, presented two back-to-back contractor events in Austin earlier this month: the first Building Performance Forum and the 5th Annual Service Managers Forum. Total attendance for the two events was the largest ever for ACCA’s fall meetings, with attendance up more than 45% over 2011.

 

New Building Performance Forum

The Building Performance Forum was held October 9 & 10. Contractors from across the country came to learn about the future of building performance and how to grow this particular service within their companies.

 

The event started with Nate Kredich of the US Green Building Council sharing how building performance has gained prominence on a world-wide stage and how it can change the way you do business. It wrapped up with a frank and humorous session with Doug Garrett of Building Performance & Comfort. He explained how the market is changing now and over the next 10 years, with growing customer demand for home performance services. In between, contractors chose from 12 different Learning Labs led by contractors and other experts, covering both introductory and advanced topics.

 

“The 2012 ACCA Building Performance Forum was very eye-opening,” said Mike Tucker, owner of Tuckers Air Conditioning & Heating in Gaithersburg, MD. “There was a lot of great information in a short time frame. I believe this is an important step for my company and will help me achieve my company and personal goals.”

 

“I really liked the way the event was structured with tracks for beginners and more experienced contractors,” added Keith Paton of Ivey Mechanical in Kosciusko, MS. “The presenters were so willing to share the good and the bad stories about their experience and it gave a lot of reassurance that contractors can succeed. It was great to see how to get down the road to be successful.”

 

Rob Minnick, of Minnick’s in Laurel, MD, said of the forum, “It brought together so many contractors that were willing to ask questions and pick my brain for ideas. The networking was awesome and I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year.”

 

The event also included a Sponsor Showcase that allowed attendees to learn about new and innovative solutions to challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. “The sponsor showcase was great for us,” said Chris Boaz of Aeroseal. “I had the opportunity to speak with most of the attendees and left with several enthusiastic prospects. I look forward to future opportunities.”

 

The Building Performance Forum sponsors were: Aeroseal; CallSource; Comfort Institute; ComfortRX;  Emerson; Everblue Training Institute; Federated Insurance; GreenHomes America; Honeywell; Jackson Systems; Mitsubishi; Thermostat Recycling ; Trane; and Ultra-Aire.

 

Stay tuned for details about the next Building Performance Forum atwww.buildingperformanceforum.com.

 

5th Annual Service Managers Forum

In its fifth year, the Service Managers Forum reached new levels of success, with the highest attendance in history. The day and half event brought contractors from 35 states together to learn and network on October 11 & 12.

 

The event kicked off with an upbeat and honest look at the different generations in the workplace with popular keynote speaker Bruce Wilkinson. He shared the traits of the different generations and how managers can get the most out of each employee by making small adjustments. There was also a special lunch session on October 11 where Bobby Ring of Meyer & Depew Co. in Kenilworth, NJ, talked about his experience working with NBC this summer on a “sting” operation that aired on the Today Show and Dateline. He showed the full clip from the Dateline airing and discussed with attendees how their companies can avoid being caught in similar situations, and also how they could use the broadcast in their own training programs.

 

12 Learning Labs covered a variety of leadership and management topics created especially for service leaders, from hiring the right people to motivating your employees, from creating consistent procedures to improving communications, and from maximizing the value of service agreements to implementing new technologies.

 

“The best part of the event is all the tried and true ideas people share with each other,” said Ken Marshall, service manager at Mark E. Meacham, Inc. in Charlton, MA. “This has been a great event to get me back into the business frame of mind.”

 

“I really had a good time and learned a lot from everyone I talked to,” said Robbey Moore, co-owner and vice president of Perkins Climate Control in Leesville, LA. “We are a small company and we like the information we get from this event.”

 

“This was my first Service Managers Forum and I didn’t know what to expect,” added Chase Rampey, service manager at Centex Mechanical, Inc. in Bastrop, TX. “I was recently promoted to service manager and have been wondering how I am going to adapt to my new roll, because it’s both exciting and terrifying. I had never considered asking for help from peers in the industry, but after attending the conference, I see that we are in this together as an industry. Finding people that are so willing to share information with each other helps dial down the ‘terrifying’ aspect of my new position. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I’ll see you guys at the next one.”

 

The Service Managers Forum also included a Sponsor Showcase where companies showcased products and services to help service managers increase productivity, improve workflow, and take advantage of new opportunities.

 

“I was very impressed with the open mindedness and support for technician training by ACCA members,” said Barney McClung of Everblue in Huntersville, NC. “I have always believed that the field technician is the key to great customer service and providing good quality training for the field tech demonstrates the commitment ACCA members have to their technicians and their customers.With the positive response we received at the event, we look forward to sponsoring more ACCA events.”

 

The Service Managers Forum sponsors were: 3M/Filtrete; AC Leak Freeze; Advanced Refrigerant Technologies; CallSource; Comfort Institute; Contractorselling.com; Data-Basics, Inc.; Davis Business Solutions Inc.; Emerson; Everblue Training Institute; Honeywell; Jackson Systems; Mitsubishi; Mobi; NATE; Nextraq; Service  Automation; Thermostat Recycling; and Trane.

 

Learn more about this year’s event and get details about the 6th Annual Service Managers Forum at www.servicemanagersforum.com.

 

The ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the HVACR community, who work together to promote professional contracting, energy efficiency, and healthy, comfortable indoor environments for all Americans. For more information, visit www.acca.org.

 

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The Best Indiana HVAC Wholesalers

Jackson Systems is committed to maintaining a standard of excellence that contractors can depend on. We are proud to be a family business with strong ties to our Indianapolis community. Never ones to shy away from competition, we decided to build on our community appreciation by sharing a list of the best Indiana HVAC wholesalers we are proud to call colleagues in our local community.

 

Here are three regional HVAC wholesalers that do a great job in Indiana:

 

Lee Supply Company

 

We like Lee Supply because they are locally owned and operated, plus they do both HVAC and plumbing.  Their people are friendly and they are active in the community.

 

Koch Air

 

Headquartered in Evansville, Koch Air is the fourth oldest Carrier distributor in the country and are a multi-state operation.  What I like about Koch Air is how closely they work with their HVAC contractor clients.  They build strong relationships that are hard for competition to break.  They are good at marketing to the contractor as well.

 

Duncan Supply

 

Duncan Supply is headquartered in Indianapolis, but also has locations throughout Indiana and Illinois.  They are the number one wholesaler when it comes to commercial refrigeration.  They are known for their incredible technical support.

 

 

This list represents some best Indiana HVAC wholesalers. If you are looking for solutions that Jackson Systems does not offer, you won’t go wrong with one of these three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Streaming Training

Jackson Systems Offers Live Streaming Training

Twice a month we invite contractors to join us at our Indianapolis location for no cost training sessions. We are excited to share that we are now offering our training via a live online stream to accommodate contractors outside of the Indianapolis area.

 

Each training is designed to introduce you to new products and give you the tools and knowledge you need to master it. We want you to leave our training with confidence, knowing you can offer a new product to a client without worrying if you can install it correctly. Trying something for the first time can be daunting, and with a busy life sometimes it is easier to stick to what you know. When it comes to business, however, embracing the new is necessary to stay in the game.  We think our live streaming training is the perfect solution to balancing your busy life and educating yourself on new products so you can stay relevant.

 

Check out our events page to see a listing of our upcoming training dates and the products we will be discussing. Next up is White Rogers training so sign up today to attend in person or online.

 

How it works

 

The online training is hosted through GoToMeeting, which is a simple, user friendly format. For your first training session, you will need to “arrive” or log in early to download the system software, which only takes a few minutes.

 

What to expect

 

We use a high end web cam to stream the live training session so you don’t miss a beat. When the training goes from the hands on, step-by-step walk through training that you need to see to follow, we switch the screen to a presentation of information on the subject.   Throughout the presentation there is a live chat option to get any questions you have addressed. The presentation ends with a Question and Answer session so you can hear questions from other contractors.

 

The next training is this Thursday at 5 pm eastern time. If you can’t make it, don’t sweat. We will offer all of the training sessions on our website for you to access whenever you need them.

 

 

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ACCA Member, Randy Weber, Elected to Congress

ACCA member Randy Weber of Pearland, TX, was elected to Congress this week. Weber will represent the 14th Congressional District after beating former Congressman Nick Lampson in the race to succeed retiring Republican Ron Paul.

 

Congressman-elect Weber tallied nearly 54% of the vote  in one of the most watched races nationwide. While the recently redrawn district may lean Republican, Weber had to overcome an opponent who enjoyed a decided name recognition and fundraising advantage.

 

“This is a significant milestone for ACCA and small business HVACR contractors,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president & CEO. “It doesn’t matter where you live – even if you’re far away from Randy’s district – electing an ACCA member to Congress means one of our own has a voice in every debate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Special recognition goes to all those ACCA members who helped get Randy Weber elected. ACCA-PAC, the only political action committee funded with the voluntary contributions of HVACR contractors, supported him and other pro-small businesses candidates.”

 

When he comes to Washington in January, Randy Weber will join an expanding “HVAC & Plumbing Contractor Caucus” in Congress. In Oklahoma, Republican plumbing contractor Markwayne Mullin was elected to Congress from the 2nd Congressional District, earning just over 57% of the vote. And in Florida, incumbent Republican Daniel Webster of Orlando, whose family HVAC business featured prominently in his campaign, was reelected by a 52-48 margin over Democratic challenger Val Demings.

 

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Global A/C Growth Predicted

A new study released by the firm Companies and Markets estimates the global air conditioning market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.5 percent through 2015. This is a good sign for the growing U.S. HVAC market, which staged a remarkable recovery in 2010 after the temporary stall in industry growth resulting from the economic recession.

 

The report cited the key factors contributing to growth include the increased need for energy-efficient air conditioners and the development of inverter-based air conditioners. Another major factor that will affect the U.S. market in the coming years is the growing need for system replacements. There is already a rise in demand for replacing old air conditioning systems with new energy-efficient models, a trend which is expected to grow with the increased focus on energy conservation. Another trend shifting the industry is the decrease of overall price for air conditioners that is a result of the increase in competition among vendors.
For more information on the global air conditioning market study, visit http://bit.ly/TawLJl.

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The William Penn IPS #49 Christmas Story

Jackson Systems would like to share with you the story of William Penn Elementary IPS School #49, the least privileged of all IPS schools. At School #49 every teacher is invested in their students. They have to be, because they are the voice for those children. Many of School #49’s students are homeless, and many others live in foster care or group homes. Each year, the school has to report numerous cases of neglect, a chore that is truly heartbreaking.

 

William Penn administrators know that they have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their students. They care for their students greatly and strive to help them overcome their many barriers. Below are just a few services School #49 does to help these less fortunate children.

 

 100% free breakfast and lunch

 English as a second language (48% of students are from non-English speaking families)

 Homework assistance (many students have parents who are illiterate)

 Social workers find Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for many of the students

 The Mary Riggs food pantry and Second Helpings provide dinner to many of the students’ families

 Teachers sell nuts to buy school uniforms

 Utility bill assistance

 Midtown Mental Health has an office at School #49 to help students cope with everyday stress and living

 

Each year in December, Jackson Systems provides two classrooms with winter gloves, books, school supplies, fruit, stickers, candy and a classroom party. The kids love the fruit as they never have it at home and many have never even owned a pair of gloves. The children choose their own book, and for many, it becomes the first book they have ever owned. We then play games and provide juice boxes and a Christmas snack for the class. The grand finale is a snowball fight! Before the party, our staff makes snowballs out of white hosiery and quilt batting. The kids love it and it warms our hearts to be a part of their joy. Additionally, the two teachers are given a piece of technology (computer projector aka “Elmo”) to aid in the teaching process.

 

We have decided to take this program to the next level. Instead of only doing two classrooms, we are going to host a holiday party for the entire school this year. Our projected cost for the party is approximately $6,000. In addition, we would like to provide an “Elmo” brand visual aid projector to each grade level (K-6) at William Penn. Each Elmo projector costs approximately $900. The grand total of the entire project is $15,000.

 

Along with the financial commitment, a lot of work goes into preparing and giving the party. So we would be grateful for any volunteer time you could offer as well. We would welcome approximately 3 hours of time either helping in advance of the party or the actual day of the party.

 

Although there are assistance programs in place at William Penn, the school and its students are far from having the things they truly need to be successful. Jackson Systems is asking for your help in making this year’s Christmas tradition even more bountiful, rewarding, and memorable.

 

William Penn Elementary #49 is not just a school. It is home for many of its students. William Penn’s teachers do more than teach. They love their students and hope you will too. This is a big undertaking. It is our hope you will be able to assist us. Any donation of time or money is greatly appreciated.

 

Please contact Terry McConahay or call 317.788.6800 to share your support.

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Meet Mark Nash

Mark Nash is an Account Manager at Jackson Systems. You can go to him for any questions you have about purchasing products from Jackson Systems.  Mark is not your average HVAC Account Manager, and the following interview will shed some light on what makes Mark so exceptional.

 

When did you start working at Jackson Systems?

 

I started working at Jackson Systems in July of 2009. I began working in the HVAC industry in 2001, when I worked at ES Monitrol in St. Petersburg, FL programming thermostats and modifying circuit boards on an as needed basis.

 

What is the best thing about working at Jackson Systems?

 

The best thing about working at Jackson Systems is the family-oriented atmosphere.

 

What do you love most about the HVAC industry?

 

The best thing about this industry in that it is thriving. The technology is always evolving and there is something new to learn every day, making it an exciting industry to be a part of.

 

What do you do outside of work?

 

Outside of Jackson Systems, I work as a professional actor. I am a SAG-AFTRA union member so I travel all over the United States. I’ve been acting professionally for 16 years, starting in Tampa Bay, FL then Los Angeles before finally moving to the midwest. My last project was a Hollywood movie production that was shot in Goshen, Indiana called Sand Castles, which just wrapped up production last week. The release date is to be determined, but will hopefully come out the summer of 2013.  I have worked in film, television, commercials and theatre and teach acting classes at the Indy Actors Academy in Greenwood, Indiana.

 

What is your motto?

 

Never give up.

 

Check out Mark’s impressive list of acting projects by visiting www.actormarkanash.com.

ecobee EMS App is now available to download for free on the Android Market!

The new EMS App was developed in partnership with you, our commercial customers who range from HVAC contractors and distributors, to facility managers and business owners. The EMS App was created to provide you with a simple and easy way to monitor and control all of your EMS and EMS Si thermostats while on the go.

With the ecobee EMS App, you can be more responsive to your tenants, employees and customers, address problems quickly, decrease the number of expensive on-site service calls and increase your overall efficiency.

 

Some exciting features of the EMS App we think you will enjoy include:

 

Watch List – you can create a custom watch list of thermostats to quickly keep tabs on priority spaces and locations with repeat issues.

 

Alerts List – conveniently summarizes all current issues and maintenance actions, allowing you to address problems immediately.

 

Access On the Go – you will gain remote visibility into each of your ecobee EMS/EMS Si thermostats and have the ability to make simple adjustments.

 

We will be sure to notify you the minute the iPhone and BlackBerry Apps are available for download.

The Receptionist’s Vital Role by Steve Coscia

I have found writing is a pleasant and therapeutic way of working out my ideas and clarifying my business strategies. I appreciate many of the kind reader’s remarks about these articles. As I age, one of the recent changes which I have had to endure is a degenerative case of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand. This condition was exacerbated after handwriting the same sentence on numerous postcards for marketing purposes.

 

I spoke with my general practitioner regarding available options in an attempt to circumvent surgery. He first suggested that I undergo an electromyography (EMG) to determine the severity of any muscle and nerve deterioration. This seemed to me like good advice and I agreed to the EMG procedure. Accordingly, I made an appointment for an EMG with a local Hand Clinic.

 
I arrived a few minutes early for the appointment which is my habit and soon experienced the worst office reception I have ever endured. I noticed at once upon entering the reception area of the Hand Clinic that the receptionist was busy with another patient. I introduced myself to the receptionist once my turn finally came. She immediately overwhelmed me with a barrage of questions without so much as a smile, a greeting, or a welcome. Her questions were, Are you here for physical therapy? followed without delay by Do you need X-rays? My response to this onslaught was jaw- dropping disbelief. Perhaps my stunned facial expression motivated her to ask a more pertinent question, namely Are you a new patient? My affirmative response to that question along with my confirmation of an appointment provoked her into recovery mode.

 
It is my belief that the best question to ask upon an initial encounter is How may I help you? but this tactic was absent from her repertoire. All organizations would do well to make it standard operating procedure for their receptionists to meet clients with a smile, a polite greeting, and an invitation to help. The verbal and non- verbal behavior of a receptionist speaks loudly about an organization.

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T-32-TS Touchscreen Thermostat

In an age where the needs and priorities of home and building owners vary it can be difficult for contractors to deliver exactly what their client needs. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a go-to thermostat that contractors can pick and choose which features fit the needs and priorities of their clients, nothing less and nothing more?

 

If you pay for cable, you’ve likely thought, “I wish I could pay for the channels I actually watch instead of paying this huge amount for channels I have no interest in.” It would make much more sense for the cable consumer if they could order the basic cable package and then add on the channels they need ala cart. The Comfort System T-32-TS is the thermostat equivalent to the ala cart cable package we wish was an option and luckily for HVAC contractors, the T-32-TS is an option.

 

The Comfort System T-32-TS is a universal, low-cost touch screen thermostat available exclusively from Jackson Systems that is poised and ready to become the go-to thermostat that contractors can rely on to give their clients exactly what they need at a price point that fits any budget. The T-32-TS can be battery powered or hardwired which makes it ideally suited for use in residential and light commercial applications.

 

The T-32-TS is available in manual or auto changeover, making it a great fit for any part of the country. Manual changeover will allow a homeowner to change their system from heat to the cool mode with a simple switch of a button. This works great in regions where either heating or cooling is required for only a few months out of the year. Auto changeover means that the thermostat will automatically switch itself from heating to cooling based on the desired setpoint. Auto changeover thermostats are typically found in commercial buildings and large residences.

The thermostat is also available in either programmable or non-programmable. Programmable thermostats are great for home and building owners who are interested in energy savings. The energy savings comes from the ability to program the home or building to be set at different temperatures throughout the day automatically. If no one is home during the day, the thermostat can be set to a temperature that allows the furnace or air conditioner to run less. For home or building owners who think programmable thermostats are too complicated, this model is available as a non-programmable thermostat, making it much simpler to set up and use.

Additional features include:

•  Up to 3H/2C, gas/electric, heat pump or dual fuel

•  Keyboard lockout

•  Adaptive recovery

•  Adjustable heating and cooling setpoint limits

•  Outdoor temperature display (with optional outdoor sensor)

•  Temperature averaging (with optional indoor sensor)

•  Short cycle protection

Benefits:

•  Profitable universal touchscreen thermostat

•  High operating temperature makes it ideal for hot yoga rooms

•  Versatility with programmable or non-programmable in a single thermostat

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Mercury Thermostat Collection Regulations on the Rise

California is taking major steps to increase the collection and recycling of thermostats containing mercury. The NEWS published an article announcing that The California Department of Toxic Substances Control has proposed regulations that establish performance goals for collecting and recycling mercury thermostats. This sets the stage for other states to propose similar regulations for proper disposal of mercury thermostats in order to keep mercury out of the water supply.

 

The proposed regulations would require manufactures to collect and recycle over 65,000 mercury-containing thermostats in 2013 which is 30 percent of the estimated total number of mercury thermostats becoming waste. These goals would increase each year until 2017, in order to reach the final goal of a 75 percent collection and recycling rate.

 

The proposed regulations would require manufacturers who formerly sold mercury thermostats to meet these recycling goals either through participation in the Thermostat Recycling Corporation or an independently sponsored program.

 

Jackson Systems is committed to helping contractors and homeowners dispose of old mercury thermostats properly and has a thermostat collection program that makes it easy for contractors and homeowners to properly dispose of thermostats containing mercury. Find out how the program by clicking here.

Read the complete article in The NEWS by clicking here.  

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The Best Wireless Thermostat: Reviews of the Top 3 Contenders

At Jackson Systems, we are all about making life easier for contractors. We figured it would be helpful to provide a quick overview of the 3 best wireless thermostats including what each of them offers and when they might be a good fit. All three of these models are easy to use and easy to install.

 

Jackson Systems WCT-32

 

This thermostat has a very small footprint (meaning it doesn’t take up a lot of space) for the control module which is only about 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. This makes it very easy to mount the control module anywhere near or on the HVAC equipment, making this model a great option for times when space is limited.

 

This model can have up to 256 wireless thermostats at one location without any chance for cross communication. This is by far more than any other model on the market can offer at one location, making it a great fit for schools, hospitals, nursing homes or any place that has a large number of HVAC systems that need to be controlled wirelessly.

 

Another great feature is that the control module has an LED display that shows what the control module is doing from a standpoint of what calls are taking place, making it easy for the homeowner and contractor to know if the thermostat is working correctly with control module. It also features the ability to adjust temperature differential between stages, enabling flexibility so that a contractor can tweak the thermostat for specific applications.

 

The WCT-32 is the most economical wireless thermostat on the market and works as well as any other wireless thermostat, making it a great fit for any job.

 

Honeywell Wireless Focus Pro

 

This thermostat has a wide range of models that make it possible to get exactly what you are looking for. This is a good fit for those looking to add accessories such as the portable comfort controller. This controller looks like a TV remote and enables the homeowner to control the thermostat from any room in the house.

 

It also features a wireless outdoor sensor which monitors the outdoor air temp enabling you to set a low balance point for the purpose of the heat pump application.

 

The price depends on the configurations you opt for and will vary depending on what accessories you include. There are nine different kits to choose from.

 

White Rogers 90 Series

 

This thermostat offers an optional wireless sensor that can be configured for an indoor or outdoor sensor. It is the only model of out of the three that offers this feature. It also has a remote indoor sensor that allows you to take a reading from three different locations and average the temperature of the whole house rather than reading the temp in one location, such as a hallway.

 

It is also the only wireless thermostat on the market that has the optional choice of duel fuel control with wireless temperature sensors or duel fuel logic programmed in the thermostat. This allows for a low balance point to help heat pumps operate more efficiently when it gets 30 degrees or below. This feature will automatically turn off the heat pump and turn on auxiliary heat.

 

It is the only wireless thermostat of the three that has humidifier and dehumidifier control. The user sets the level they want to maintain and the thermostat will automatically adjust to maintain that level.
This is the most expensive of the three wireless thermostats, so it is a good option if the features are relevant to the needs of the home.

 

 

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Bypass Damper vs. Barometric Zone Damper

Bypass dampers are used in zoning applications to relieve excess system pressure caused when a small or single zone is making a heat or cool call. Excess pressure can occur when not all of the dampers are open. This excess pressure must go somewhere, which is why installing a bypass damper is necessary. It enables the excess pressure to be redirected back into the air system and re-circulated through the system.

 

There is no doubt that a zoning system requires a mechanism to relieve the built-up pressure. Until recently, installing a bypass damper was the only option available to do this.  While zoning is a great concept for increasing the comfort provided by an HVAC system, installing a bypass damper can present challenges such as no room for the installation, extra labor and materials required, and even decreased system efficiency. 

 

Ron Jackson, President of Jackson Systems and HVAC inventor and innovator, is all too familiar with the headaches contractors associate with installing bypass dampers. He wanted to figure out an easy to use solution to zoning applications.  As happens with many great inventors, Ron was awakened at 3AM. He said aloud, “Man, have I got an idea for a product that could change the zoning industry.” And the BZD was born.

 

The BZD damper works like any standard damper with one exception – it has a built-in barometric relief mechanism that eliminates the need for a bypass damper. Tests indicate that most systems can handle up to double the rated cfm through the registers before noise becomes a problem. Unlike a standard zone damper, the BZD has been designed with both a fixed and a hinged blade and is controlled by an actuator. The lower half of the blade then functions as a barometric pressure relief for the system. The Barometric Zone Damper will allow the barometric half of the closed zone damper to open if the static pressure reaches the preset setting and bleed a small amount of air into the zones that are not calling, keeping the system static pressure at an acceptable level. Tests also indicate that bleeding a small amount of conditioned air to the zone(s) that are not calling has little impact on the temperature in the zone(s) because in most cases they are above or below setpoint, so the zone(s) can absorb the additional conditioned air. The BZD damper is factory-set and should not need any adjustments.

 

The BZD is a contractor-friendly solution to the typical zoning installation problems. It works as well as a standard bypass damper, but cuts down on the labor and time, not to mention headaches. While bypass dampers are reliable options when there is room available for installing one, a BZD is a great solution when you run into problems installing a standard bypass damper. The next time this happens, you may find that the BZD is the perfect solution to ease your zoning installations. For more information on how the BZD works, click here.

 

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How to Sell Zoning

Zoning provides a level of comfort most home owners don’t think is possible. Why don’t they think it is possible? The answer is simple: most homeowners don’t know that zoning exists. Zoning makes sense in almost every home so it is a great service to start selling if you haven’t already.

 

Start the conversation

 

The first thing to do is to simply ask the homeowner: Are there hot and cold spots in your house?  Are there spots where you are less comfortable than others? This usually resonates with the homeowner. Oftentimes we hear things like, “I just spent $400,000 on a house and now my upstairs is hotter than the downstairs.”

 

Now that you have identified a pain, you can explain that there is a solution.

 

Use an analogy

 

We recommend relating zoning to something that homeowners can grasp quickly, such as a light switch or car analogy.

 

The light switch analogy

 

Ask the homeowner to show you the light switch that controls all the lights in their house, they will most likely look at you like you are crazy. That’s when you can say, “Oh that’s right you don’t have one light switch to control all the lights in your house because it would be silly to turn all the lights on when you are only in one room at a time.” Then explain that zoning works the same way. It gives them the option to control the temperature in the part of the house they are in.  

 

Now they can easily understand that just like it makes sense to have multiple switches, it makes sense to have multiple thermostats in a home. Why would you need cool a bedroom during the day or living area at night?

 

The automobile analogy

 

Most people have been in a car that has dual climate control, meaning the driver can control the temperature where they sit, while the passengers can control the temperature where they sit.

 

Explain how dual climate control is the same thing as zone control. If their $30,000 car has zone control, wouldn’t it make sense for their home to have the same capabilities?

 

Honeywell did a third a party survey that found that about 33 percent of homeowners said they would install zoning if they were asked, because most of them reported that they didn’t know it existed. The moral of the story? Never assume a client knows what solutions are available. It is always a good idea to ask. That way, they will know that the solution exists even if they aren’t ready to buy it. And when they are, they will likely call you.

 

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