Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Long Cold Winter Predicted

Jaymie Hunckler

This blog post is courtesy of Jaymie Hunckler, Account Manager at Jackson Systems.

Stock up on your hats and gloves now (or rather your hot surface igniters and thermocouples); winter is just around the corner! If you’re an advocate of the Farmer’s Almanac, prepare now – this winter is going to be a doozy!

Calling this winter the “Days of Shivery”, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the United States. While nationwide, last winter was relatively mild, less a few end of season ‘blizzards’, the nation’s coldest temperatures this year will stretch from the Northeast, through the Southeast, Midwest and Southern plains, with above average precipitation rates. What does all this mean? Batten down the hatches, boys, the snow is ON.ITS.WAY (although it is predicted the Pacific Northwest and West Coasts will experience a drier, warmer winter).

Now, it’s easy to challenge the Farmers’ Almanac prediction. The almanac claims an 80% success rate in weather predictions, though many, especially meteorologists refute the 80% success rate claim. Because the almanac doesn’t actually share its mathematical equation for weather prediction, instead indicating that the “top secret” formula is based off of past weather patterns, sunspot activities, and other phenomenon. Even more interesting, the Farmers’ Almanac will not disclose the true identity of its forecast predictor, identifying him simply as “Caleb Weatherbee”.

Regardless of whether or not you take the Farmers’ Almanac predictions to heart, colder weather is coming – and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Preparation is key in the HVAC industry, as system failures and other malfunctions are the only true predictables each winter.

The last thing any contractor wants is to find himself without critical supplies when on a jobsite. In order to serve as a stronger all-around resource for all our contractors, and help ensure all of our clients are as prepared as possible, Jackson Systems is proud to announce that we are now offering Honeywell Combustion products. Contractors may choose from a line-up of new products, such as hot surface igniters, thermocouples, fan timers, contactors, pilot controls and oil burner control units. For more information, check out the products page on the Jackson Systems website: Honeywell Combustion Products

Feel free to contact us anytime at 1-888-652-9663 for more information or to request a quote.

AHRI LogoAHRI recently released the June 2013 U.S. Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipment Data. According to the report, shipments of gas furnaces increased 18.8% over June 2012 with y-t-d shipments up 23.3%. Shipments of air conditioners and air-source heat pumps were up 7.7% over the same period last year with y-t-d shipments up 9.7%. To read the full report, click here: AHRI Monthly Shipments

Innovation, Change and Legal Barriers – Courtesy Steve Coscia

Steve Coscia

Steve Coscia

Steve Coscia recently made the following post to his blog. We liked it so much, we wanted to share with our blog audience. Thank you Steve!

During his tenure as Intel’s CEO, Andy Grove understood that change was inevitable.

Grove said: “Technology will always win. You can delay technology by legal interference, but technology will flow around legal barriers”.

It was Grove’s total surrender to the technological reality of change and innovation that enabled him to achieve business success. Hence, the title of one his books: Only The Paranoid Survive.

Entrepreneurs everywhere must embrace innovation. When it comes to Innovation, Change & Legal Barriers … it will happen with you or without you.

It’s time for BIG Change!

ENERGY STAR® HVAC Contractor Certification Training

Home Chek - QAP HVAC Workshop Flyer 9-11-13 We will be hosting an ENERGY STAR HVAC Contractor training at our Indianapolis training facility. Home Chek will be providing this training in partnership with the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability and the EPA-recognized H-QUITO organization, Advanced Energy Corporation. This training will take place on Wednesday, September 11 from 8a – 5p EST. Lunch will be provided. Cost for the training is $275. Register before August 23 and you will save $25. For additional information or to register for this training, go to

Click the link below to download the flyer about this training:

Home Chek – QAP HVAC Workshop Flyer 9-11-13.