Monthly Archives: September 2011

INHP and HACA “Bring the Heat” before cold weather sets in

INDIANAPOLIS (September 29, 2011)— The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) is partnering with the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance (HACA) on Saturday, October 1, 2011, for a “Bring the Heat” system inspection, cleaning, and repair event aimed at 60 low- and moderate-income families.

On Saturday, from 8 – 11:30 a.m. HACA heating professionals will check, clean and service heating units free of charge for 60 families identified by INHP.

“We want to provide a maintenance tune-up for the families’ heating systems before cold weather sets in,” says Sherri Puckett, Executive Director of HACA. “Our focus is on helping families who have low income levels, and there is a natural fit for us to work with INHP in this program.”

This is the fifth year INHP and HACA have worked together to assist families with a heating system program.

“’Bring the Heat’ is an excellent opportunity for INHP to align its mission of increasing—safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities—with a program specifically focusing on the issue of safety and the well-being of Indianapolis homeowners,” says Joe Huntzinger, INHP Vice President of Mortgage Lending. “We want to make sure families do not have carbon monoxide issues and that dirt and debris are cleaned out of their units.”

Mayor Greg Ballard will join the HACA professionals to kickoff the event from 7:30-8 a.m. at Indiana Supply, 3835 E. 2st Street. From there they depart to their assigned homes to do the work.

About INHP
INHP is a trusted 23-year-old nonprofit that empowers working families to become and remain long-term, successful homeowners. The mission of INHP is to increase safe, decent, affordable housing opportunities that foster healthy, viable neighborhoods. During the most recent fiscal year, 2,287 families received homeownership assistance through INHP; and, INHP in collaboration with its partners and the community invested more than $15 million in financing for low- and moderate-income families to purchase or repair their homes. For more information, visit

About HACA of Indiana

The Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana is a local trade organization consisting of industry professionals committed to meeting the HVAC needs of our community and promoting a safe and competitive marketplace. These licensed professionals employ trained service technicians using the latest technologies to promote energy conservation while following all health and safety standards to provide a comfort level you can rely on. For more information, visit


FAST TUBE Sampling Tubes for Smoke Detectors

by Mike Holscher

Jackson Systems now has available the newest sampling tubes on the market for smoke detectors. They are APC’s FAST Tubes.

The FAST Tubes is 3 pieces of 20” plastic tubing. You can assemble up to three gray FAST Tube sections to achieve the length needed. Then prep the duct smoke detector by affixing the starter piece to FAST assembly (the starter piece is supplied in the duct smoke detector package). Finally, cut and cap to your finished length. Save any unused sections for future jobs. No tools required.
Installing sampling tubes has never been easier.

For more information, visit or call us at 888-652-9663.


2011 Indiana Innovation Awards

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Jackson Systems is proud to be the recipient of a 2011 Indiana Innovation Award. Founded in 2011 by the Greater Indy Innovation Roundtable, the Indiana Innovation Awards annually honor the state’s most innovative new products and services.

Jackson Systems won the 2011 Indiana Innovation Award for the WCZ-600 Wireless Comfort Zoning Panel. The WCZ-600 Wireless Comfort zone control system is a six zone, two-position, forced air zone control panel offering the latest in wireless thermostat and wireless damper technology to reduce energy costs. The WCZ-600 allows consumers ease of installation and the ability to specify heating and cooling levels for specific zones.

“We are truly honored and excited to be named one of the inaugural recipients for the Indiana Innovation Awards. We are proud to be an Indiana company with a deep tradition and culture of innovation throughout our organization. We were thrilled to have the efforts from many of our employees recognized by the judges. We hope to continue to grow and develop innovative products for the global HVAC market while staying firmly rooted in our Indiana home,” says Kurt Wessling, Director of Sales at Jackson Systems, LLC.


8 Tips for Valve Installation Safety

By Marie of Flo-Pac, LLC

During construction projects involving heavy lifting and potentially dangerous tools, safety should always be a top priority. Taking the proper precautions when installing supply ball and balancing valves ensures both a successful project and a healthy crew. Control valve suppliers Flo-Pac offer these safety suggestions for valve installation:

  1. Always wear protective goggles while installing valves. Soldering and screwing on parts can send dangerous materials airborne, and if your system contains hot liquids under pressure the damage can be even greater. It’s important to have protective eyewear on even if you and your crew are experienced.
  2. Install the valve while it’s in the “closed” position. You can easily tell that a supply ball valve is closed because the handle will be running parallel to the piping.
  3. Don’t overheat the valve while soldering – this could damage it. Use soft solder, apply flux evenly, and clean the copper tubing before installation.
  4. Wait until the valve has cooled completely before trying to replace the o-ring or tighten any nuts. Do not over-tighten, as this could damage the parts or cause the nuts to stick.
  5. Many companies use seals made of EPDM, a rubber that’s resistant to damaging substances like glycol and detergents. If your valves use EPDM, do not use any products containing petroleum, hydrocarbon solvents/oils or turpentine.
  6. If you’re using a PTV (pipe tester valve), use a drain hose to collect water and water vapor. This reduces the risk that high-temperature steam will fly out.
  7. When venting the valve, remove the cap slowly. High pressure could send the cap flying off and allow high-temperature steam to burn you.
  8. Always use the pressure gauge whose highest pressure rating is greater than the water system pressure. Don’t assume that the pressure will “be okay.”

Jackson Systems’ Fall/Winter 2011 Training Schedule

1) Honeywell Redlink Internet Gateway October 4th 12pm-2pm
• Webcast training put on by Honeywell covering the new RIG and Prestige

2) Jackson Systems Thermostats November 10 Thursday 5pm-7pm
• T-32-P, T-21-P, WCT-32
• Class taught by Phil Kimble and Mike Holscher of Jackson Systems

3) Open date for possible Honeywell Training November 30th
• Class taught by Tom Giorgio

4) Commercial Controls-Basic December 15th Thursday 5-7pm
• Class taught by Joe Jackson of Jackson Systems

5) Wireless Comfort Family of Products January 19th Thursday 5-7pm
• WR-400
• WZC-600
• WCT-32
• Wireless Zone One
• Class taught by Phil Kimble and Mike Holscher of Jackson Systems

6) Commercial Zoning and Distech Controls/VAV February 9th Thursday 5-7pm
• Class taught by Phil Kimble and Mike Holscher then Joe Jackson

Things to See and Do: Comfortech 2011

It’s on! Comfortech 2011 is right here in Jackson Systems’ home town, beautiful Indianapolis. We are looking forward to seeing everyone this week, and hope everyone enjoys the show and our beautiful city. Here are just a few things to check out at Comfortech this week:

Stop by booth #408 to see Jackson Systems! We’ll have our products on display, including the new T-21-P touchscreen thermostat. Also, meet the Cash Cow and step into our money booth for special Cash Cow Savings!

Greg McAfee of McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning Company is conducting a seminar titled “Six Skills You Need to Profit During Changing Market Conditions.” Greg’s business has thrived during the tough economy, and he shares his plan for contractors in this seminar. He’ll be presenting Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm, and again on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 8:30 am- 9:45 pm.

Steve Miles of Jerry Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning will be presenting a technical seminar, “Different Approaches to Troubleshooting Residential Gas-Fired Furnaces.” You can catch Steve’s seminar Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4:15 pm- 5:30pm, and also on Friday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 am- 9:45 am.

Be sure to check out Steve Coscia’s seminar, “The New Workforce for Hire: Fasten Your Seatbelts, Folks.” Steve will be discussing Coscia Communications’ recent survey about service companies’ hiring experiences, sharing what hurts and helps now with today’s workforce. He’ll be presenting Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4:15 pm- 5:30 pm and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm.

Matt Michel of Service Roundtable is presenting a seminar titled, “Welcome to the All-You-Can-Eat Marketing Buffet.” Check it out Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm, and again on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5:15 pm- 6:30 pm.

Doyle James of Aire Serv will be presenting a seminar titled, “Sell More Systems With A Step By Step Selling Process.” Catch his seminar Thursday, Sept. 22 from 3:45 pm- 5:00 pm.

Also, be sure to check out PerformanceTown USA, presented by National Comfort Institute.


See you at Comfortech!


Meet the Cash Cow!



Its been a long time coming, and we are happy to introduce everyone to Jackson Systems’ Cash Cow and Cash Cow family of products, designed to save you money!

The Wireless Comfort Family is the perfect cash cow for contractors by allowing you to differentiate yourself from the competition, assisting you with projects that were once too costly or impractical. At the same time, the Wireless Comfort Family allows you to make a nice profit and keep your clients comfortable.

Comfort System thermostats are the perfect products for every contractor to stock on their vans and in their inventory. The T-21-P and T-32-P thermostats can handle any application at a fraction of the cost. They are also guaranteed reliable with a 5 year warranty and support from some of the best in the business. Great features – Great price!

Want to put the Cash Cow to work for you? Visit to get your free Cash Cow Kit. The Cash Cow Kit is full of information and the tools you need to promote your company.

Also, if you plan on attending Comfortech in Indianapolis next week, stop by booth #408 and meet the Cash Cow in person! Life is better with the Cash Cow.

Its Time to Bring The Heat, Indianapolis!

Its time again for the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana’s annual “Bring The Heat, Indianapolis” event, on Saturday, October 1st, 2011! This program was designed to ensure Marion County homeowners on fixed incomes have adequate and safe heating in their homes this winter season. This is the seventh year the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana and their volunteers will be providing heating assistance.

The Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana needs your help to be able to provide this service to homeowners in need. You can donate your time and talent, or make a monetary donation to help assist with operational costs. Jackson Systems’ very own Tom Jackson and Kurt Wessling will be on hand Saturday to help out. We’d love to see you there donating your time to this worthy cause. If you can’t , we encourage you to make a donation to help HACAI’s efforts, and your Indianapolis neighbors.

If you would like to register, please contact Sherri Puckett, the Executive Director of the Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, at 317-573-0277 or email at

ACCA’s Operation 2020

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, working in the HVAC industry you’ve surely heard of ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America)! ACCA is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to helping contractors succeed in their businesses. They offer valuable training and technical resources, as well as legal and marketing resources. Led by volunteer contractors, ACCA devotes their time to make the industry a stronger place for everyone.

Due to extensive growth of the organization, ACCA has outgrown their headquarters, and needs our help revamping their office to accomodate for this growth! ACCA’s Operation 2020 is geared towards raising money to complete these improvements, and as they say, “Every dollar we raise to accomplish these much-needed construction improvements is a dollar from our treasury that can go right back to working for the contracting industry.”

For more information on ACCA’s Operation 2020, visit

Jackson Systems is a proud contributor to ACCA’s Operation 2020 Campaign, and Ring of Gratitude member.