Monthly Archives: January 2008

New “Green” Product Launches

Jackson Systems, LLC Launches First ‘Green’ Product, The Z-200TM Zone Control Panel

Indianapolis, IN – Jackson Systems, LLC, an Indiana-based, award-winning HVAC manufacturer and wholesaler, announces the launch of their first green product, the Z-200TM. The Z-200TM, also known as The Green ZoneTM, is a two zone residential and light commercial zone control system that allows a single HVAC system to have up to two separate zones. Each zone is controlled by its own space thermostat and motorized zone damper.

“The Green ZoneTM was created for our customers who need a quality but inexpensive zone control system,” said Tom Jackson, C.E.O. of Jackson Systems. “We believe this product surpasses all other two zone systems on the market. It’s a quality product full of value, simple to use, saves money, and helps lower energy which is good for the environment”.

The Green ZoneTM comes with all of these great features and Jackson Systems’ benefits:

• Helps low utility bills
• Helps reduce greenhouse gases
• Three models
     o 1 heat / 1 cool
     o 2 heat / 2 cool
     o 2 heat / 1 cool heat pump
• Auto changeover
• First call priority with time share
• No programming required
• Competitively priced
• 10 year warranty
• Contractor-friendly
• Simple installation
• Contractor-direct
• Strong technical support
• Same day shipping
• Free freight
• Online ordering

Learn more about the Z-200TM, The Green ZoneTM, online at


Jackson Systems, LLC is an award-winning HVAC company specializing in zone control. We design, manufacture and distribute controls for the heating and air conditioning industry. Our other areas of expertise include commercial zone control, thermostats and indoor air quality. Our headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jackson Systems serves both contractor and wholesale markets throughout the world.

Z-1600 vs Z-2000

The Comfort System Z-2000, formerly known as the Z-1600, is the latest generation of commercial zone control systems that allows a single HVAC unit to have up to 20 individual zones.  This blog will be taking a look at how the new Z-2000 compares to the old Z-1600.

As mentioned above, the Z-2000 allows up to 20 zones while the Z-1600 only allowed 16 zones.

The Z-2000 is compatible with HC or HP in a separate panel; the Z-1600 is switch selectable on the same panel.

The Z-2000 has 2H/2C stages with the Z-1600 having the same stages

The Z-2000 has an electronic discharge air sensor and the Z-1600 has a mechanical discharge air sensor

The Z-2000 has a P+I thermostat and the Z-1600 also has the P+I thermostat

The Z-2000 has a single 24 Volt 75 VA transformer and the Z-1600 has a 24 Volt transformer for the panel, but the actuators require a separate 24 Volt transformer.

The Z-2000 has homerun wiring and so does the Z-1600, so there is no change in the wiring aspect.

For the Z-2000, the majority wins in the control algorithm and that is also the case for the Z-1600.

The minimum call selection for the Z-2000 is switch selectable and the Z-1600 minimum call selection is with call resistors.

The scheduling on the Z-2000 is clock terminals, clock power terminals, and night stat terminals; the Z-1600 has clock terminals for time clock, night stat, and override timer.

The Z-2000 has economizer terminals while the Z-1600 does not.

The panel configuration for the Z-2000 has a single PC board and the Z-1600 has two PC boards.

Both the Z-1600 and Z-2000 have led indication.

The speed up mode for the Z-2000 is a push button; the speed up mode for the Z-1600 is a jumper.

The Z-2000 and Z-1600 are both switch selectable for heat/auto/cool.

The Z-2000 has RC/RH and the Z-1600 does not have RC/RH.

The Z-2000 and Z-1600 both have inputs and outputs for fuse protection.

The dimensions for the Z-2000 is 11”W x 13.5”H x 2”D;  the dimensions for the Z-1600 is 12”W x 16”H x 2”D.

The difference between 2 wire and 3 wire two-position zone dampers

Zone dampers are used with a zone control system to direct the flow of air in the HVAC central system duct work.  A two-wire zone damper is designed to power the damper blade closed and spring return it open. When a zone thermostat calls for heating or cooling, its zone damper spring returns open to provide heated or cooled air to the zone.  When the zone thermostat is satisfied, the damper is powered closed preventing conditioned air from entering the zone. 

A two-wire zone damper incorporates a 24 volt motorized actuator that powers the damper blade closed. The motor is impedance protected which allows it to stall at the end of the damper travel without having to have an end switch to disrupt the power. When power is removed, the spring return mechanism drives the damper blade to the open position.

A three-wire zone damper requires a motorized actuator that powers the damper blade in both directions. Three-wire zone damper actuators typically have heavier torque ratings which allow them to be used on larger size dampers.


Who is Jackson Systems?

We are excited to announce a new video initiative at Jackson Systems. Each month you’ll see two new videos from us, talking about a variety of things from who we are, to answering technical issues, to telling our story on product development. You can catch our videos on the blog, search "Jackson Systems" on YouTube or catch them on Jackson Systems TV.

2008 Product Catalog from Jackson Systems Now Available

Jackson Systems, LLC, an award-winning HVAC manufacturer and wholesaler, has released their 2008 catalog. The new catalog showcases the comprehensive residential and commercial Comfort SystemTM zone control line by Jackson Systems; complete with technical data sheets, installation guides, wiring diagrams, sales literature and up-to-date contractor net price sheets. Additional sales literature and information is also included from Honeywell, White-Rodgers, Aprilaire, Lux Products, Climatouch and Robertshaw. More than 3,000 products and 400 pages of information is available all with direct-to-contractor shipping. To receive your 2008 catalog, please visit and complete a catalog order form.

Remember our complete catalog, pricing and many technical sheets are also available online for viewing and purchasing,

Introducing the Green Zone – Green for the planet, Green for you

Introducing the Z-200 "The Green Zone"

Coming in February!
Zone control can make a difference for a "greener" planet.

Residential living spaces are often challenging and costly to make comfortable with basic heating and cooling systems. The U.S. Department of Energy states that the typical family spends an average of $1300 a year on utility bills, with 44 percent devoted to heating and cooling expenses. This is a large energy waste that contributes to thousands of pounds of added carbon dioxide emission per household. Homeowners are becoming more environmentally conscious and are looking for ways of reducing energy consumption.

The Green Zone is a simple, high quality and competitively priced residential and light commercial zone control system that consists of a microprocessor based logic panel that can control two zones. The system is available in single-stage, multi-stage and heat pump configurations and is designed to eliminate the 8-12 degree temperature difference that exists between upstairs and downstairs in most two story homes, or between one end and the other in ranch-style homes. The system will also improve overall space comfort and lower operating costs.

How The Green Zone Works
The Green Zone panel is the “heart” of the zone control system. It receives the temperature settings from the zone thermostats and directs the right amount of conditioned air to the proper zone at the right time.

Comfort System™ dampers regulate the air to each zone or area. The zone control panel tells the dampers whether they should be open or closed, making sure that the conditioned air is only sent where needed.

Zone thermostats act as the “command center” for controlling the zone temperatures. The Green Zone system will work with most any equipment compatible thermostat, allowing for a wide selection of choices.

Learn more by visiting The Green Zone on our website.