Monthly Archives: July 2017

Do you follow The Working Joes podcast for news and reviews in HVAC? If not, you should!

 

Started by Zack Psioda and hosted by Zack and Ralph Wolf, The Working Joes Podcast is an online audio program that addresses issues and experiences dealing with skilled trades, small business ownership, tools of the trades and much more. A huge focus is on the rapidly changing industry of HVAC.

Small business owners in HVAC are frequent guests and come to talk about their contributions to the industry and launch really cool products on the podcast to very critical reviews from Zack and Ralph. Recently, our own Tom Jackson was featured on the podcast to talk about HVAC Controls…”Done Right!”

More talk centered around the advancements in the engineering of zoning systems led by Jackson Systems, like the Z2000 ESP, a zoning system that doesn’t require the use of a bypass damper https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=esphttps://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=esp and FilterFetch, a one-of-a-kind air filter delivery service for contractors to enhance their own offerings to homeowners and commercial customers https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch. You can listen to Tom’s podcast here: http://workingjoes.libsyn.com/podcast/wj-pdcast-tom-jackson-jackson-systems-1.

You can follow them at http://workingjoes.libsyn.com/podcast where all podcasts are announced, in addition to fun contests and ways to win cool merchandise, tools and other giveaways.

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1 in 8 Homes Has a Programmable Thermostat…

…but even for those households that use central air conditioning and have a programmable thermostat, more than two-thirds of them control temperatures without actually programming the thermostat.
In a 2015 survey, respondents were asked how they set indoor temperatures during the summer. Almost half (45%) of households using central air-conditioning units said they set the thermostat at one temperature and left it there most of the time. The second most common approach was to manually adjust the temperature at night or when no one was at home (26%). Using a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust indoor temperatures was the third most common approach (18%), and it was more common than manually turning equipment on or off as needed (11%).
Read more on these interesting facts here: www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=32112

Why Repeat Business is So Important…And How Jackson Systems Can Help!

A surprisingly often overlooked “new” source of revenue is repeat business. New, in that repeat business is known to increase revenue at least 20% year over year. (Source: https://www.businessknowhow.com/marketing/new-customers.htm)

Your homeowners and commercial customers are more likely to call you if you leave them your information because they already know and trust you versus someone randomly selected from the Yellow Pages. But, people move. People forget. People quit their jobs and they lose your information. Whatever the reason, if they don’t contact you, you lose that easy sale. Make your contact information readily available to your customers so you keep that business. (We’ll get back to this in a moment).

Repeat business also decreases the cost of lead generation. How? Having a customer return means not having to spend money to attract a new one. Customers who come back are returning at a premium to you because there is no acquisition cost associated with them. Costs you would have had to spend to attract this customer is foregone and can go right to the bottom line of your sale.

It gets even better! Customers who return will likely spend more with you over time. With repeat business, you have gained their trust. You have become their “HVAC partner.” As such, you will be rewarded with additional revenue from a greater lifetime value for that customer…that is, as long as you maintain that trust with good and ethical service.

Finally, what we all know is that happy customers refer businesses they trust to friends, family and workmates. This grows your referral business…and so could this be repeat business.

So, how is it that Jackson Systems can help you with your repeat business? It’s quite simple actually!

STOP THEM AT THE STAT!

Jackson Systems’ imprinted thermostats are a best bet to growing a contractor’s repeat business. Our thermostats printed with your logo and phone number is a step you should take with every stat you install. Honeywell states that “homeowners look at the thermostat on average 12 times a week.” We believe it to be more!  But, knowing that, you can now understand the value of leaving your mark on their thermostat. It’s like having your marketing team in your customers home all day, everyday!

All you have to do to make this happen is to order your thermostats from Jackson Systems. It’s really that simple!

Jackson Systems manufacturers private label thermostats that rival all others on the market. We also distribute name brands thermostats direct-to-contractor including Honeywell, Braeburn, White Rodgers, Pro IAQ, Nest, Ecobee and so many more. Check out our comprehensive thermostat offering here: https://jacksonsystems.com/category/thermostats.html

Your actual logo and phone number is imprinted for FREE with a purchase of six (6) or more thermostats. And, our shipping is same or next day in most cases.

To learn more about this valuable resource for your repeat business and to see a sample of an imprinted stat, watch our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6svLxe0MeoQ

Jackson Systems: Controls Done Right!

FilterFetch Wins Silver Dealer Design Award in Contractor Services and Software Category from The NEWS

FilterFetch is proud to announce our Dealer Design Silver Award for our innovative app technology.

The NEWS writes:

Two years of research went into creating this free software service that allows HVAC contractors to sell filters to clients without having to stock them. Contractors can sign up with FilterFetch, and, upon doing so, they receive a unique contractor code. Jackson Systems provides contractors with all the literature and training needed. Contractors then promote the service to their clients and provide them with the codes they need to complete the sale.

The company used survey results and feedback from interviews to determine that many HVAC contractors are frustrated by losing out on filter sales to online outlets and big-box stores, according to Tom Jackson, CEO, Jackson Systems. As a result, the FilterFetch website and contractor app was created with HVAC techs in mind. Contractors can setup their profile with FilterFetch and adjust their profits from within their dashboards. Techs no longer have to stock filters on their trucks, which reduces the occurrence of damaged filters. A year’s supply of filters are delivered to the homeowner, so they are ready and available during routine maintenance calls. This creates a steady revenue stream as each contractor has a unique code to track sales.

Moving forward, Jackson Systems plans to continue to take contractors’ suggestions on how to improve the website as well as launch an app for consumers that provides homeowners the ease and convenience of ordering right from their phones.

Read more on the Dealer Design Awards in the Software Category here: http://www.achrnews.com/…/135403-hvac-software-offers-endle…

To learn more about FilterFetch or to sign up as a contractor provider, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch.

Homeowners with Dogs and Cats? FilterFetch to the Rescue of the HVAC!

Learn How FilterFetch Can Help You Better Serve Homeowners With Dogs and Cats in the Home

A large majority of the population suffers from respiratory illnesses such as allergies or asthma. And, it is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of this number are allergic to dog or cat dander.

Let them know that when pet dander accumulates inside of the heating and cooling system, it forces the allergens to be released throughout their household. Don’t take us wrong…we love dogs and cats, but nothing causes the air quality in your home to deteriorate faster than pet hair and dander.

If you enter a customer’s home and see dogs and cats, get them started with FilterFetch immediately. The timely filter changes are the best way to achieve better indoor air quality. And, for contractors, it’s another way to differentiate yourselves with better service and preventive maintenance.

To learn more about this valuable and convenient contractor service for homeowners, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch.

“I warned you that cat would be nothing but trouble!”

A CONTRACTOR TALKS ABOUT THE REVENUE GENERATING POWER OF FILTERFETCH

READ WHY THIS CONTRACTOR ADDED FILTERFETCH, AIR FILTER HOME DELIVERY, TO HIS SERVICE OFFERING:

“I needed more revenue in the slow seasons. We do fine May through August with our long, hot summers in El Paso, but I want to make more money in the shoulder seasons, so I added FilterFetch. I also like the repeatability of sales that FilterFetch brings in.”

–Eric Alvarez, President
Expert HVAC and Refrigeration, El Paso, TX

For more information on this convenient service homeowners and commercial customers and revenue generating opportunity for contractors, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch

Get Connected and Be Rewarded from the Utility Company

This is good news for homeowners and small businesses wishing to better manage their energy usage during peak summer months. All over the country, programs with local utility companies are popping up to help preserve the electrical grid.

They work like this: by simply installing a smart thermostat — like Nest, Ecobee, Sensi, Honeywell — they can get incentives (and enjoy lower utility bills) through participation in eSmart Thermostat Programs. Immediate incentives are given, as well as ongoing savings and rewards. (Check with your local utility company for your exact program).

Connected thermostats make it easy and convenient for homeowners and businesses to manage their energy usage. They can be adjusted on the go or programmed with an automatic schedule that optimizes energy usage based on a routine.

Visit our website for a comprehensive offering of smart thermostats to provide your customers with! Jackson Systems has the largest variety of — and is your best source for — all home automation and connected products, including WiFi thermostats, indoor/outdoor cameras, co/smoke detectors and indoor air quality monitors!

Find all of our smart thermostat products here: https://jacksonsystems.com/category/brand-1.html

June is National Safety Month: Keep Your Homeowners Safe With NEST

The health and safety of businesses and homeowners is always at the front of our minds as we grow our product offering to meet contractor demands. This month, we want to offer you and your customers the best the industry has to offer in the product line of safety in honor of #NationalSafetyMonth, specifically with NEST home protection.

NEST Cameras: indoor and outdoor
Sees homes in super clear high definition when you are in or away from home! These best in class cameras send alerts to smart devices whenever it detects a problem. They allow users to talk back and look after their families even when they are away!

NEST PROTECT: CO and smoke detector
These CO and smoke detectors have a “voice” to tell users when something isn’t right! And, the Nest Protect detector checks its own batteries and sensors over 400 times a day so you don’t have to. A constant soft green glow lets homeowners know it is in perfect working order! This product is the best in keeping families safe from fire and CO dangers.

NEST Learning Thermostat: only thermostat listed by Energy Star
Many thermostats promise to save you money in utility costs, but the Nest is the only one proven to and I sendorsed by www.energystar.gov! The Nest t-stat learns daily routines and occupancy and programs itself to provide homeowners with the most savings and comfort possible! Not just that, it has built in sensors to protect families from dangers started by the heating and cooling system. Alarms are sent to smart devices to alert when danger exist.

Foobot Indoor Air Quality Monitor: works with NEST to keep air clean and safe
Meet the first air quality monitor that takes over the HVAC system to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Minimizes dirt, dust and allergens that enter the home through the airflow system to keep families safe and healthy!

And, don’t forget the HUB! Google Home works with NEST to help run the show. Google Home is powered by Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it what to do. Google Home integrates with these NEST home automation products to help keep families safe!

For a closer look at these NEST products from Jackson Systems, visit: https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=nest or call your representative at 888-652-9663.

5 Rules of Thumb About Zoning That Should Be Followed

For the most part, Jackson Systems #zoningsystems are easy to install, especially if you follow these five rules:

RULE 1
Duct work must be configured properly to accommodate a zoning system. It must never be undersized. In most cases, it will not be necessary to modify duct sizing when installing a zoning system.

RULE 2
It is always better to slightly undersize the HVAC equipment than to oversize it. Two-stage equipment is most always a better choice.

RULE 3
Dampers should be installed at least two feet away from the plenum, when possible.

RULE 4
It is a good practice to size the smallest zone to handle approximately 25% of the system CFM. Upsizing registers in the smallest zone to the next larger size should also be considered.

RULE 5
Always use a separate 24-volt transformer to power the zone panel. (Do not use the equipment transformer.)

But…
…if you should need support during a Jackson Systems’ zoning installation, our inside sales engineers are standing by “live” to answer your product questions at 888-652-9663.

For a look at our comprehensive zoning products, click here: https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html

Jackson Systems: Controls (and Service) Done Right!

3 Ways Contractors Can Better Serve Property Managers

Reliable and expert HVAC contractors are crucial to the success as landlords. On the flip side, if you are a contractor and lucky enough to sell and service Property Managers, you know that they usually result in longstanding relationships that can be critical to your growing revenue and success.

Jackson Systems supports the efforts of contractors who serve property managers with our solutions for second homes. These solutions provide what property managers want most from contractors and we suggest those are:

  • Price and energy savings
  • Quality and reliability
  • Referrals and reviews

We don’t directly deal with property managers so you may ask why do we care? It’s because we can help you, the contractor. Our products are sold direct-to-contractor and support all three objectives to help you better seal the deal with property managers.

Price and energy saving solutions

The better the solution — and how little it will cost — is most important to property managers when considering an HVAC repair or replacement. If you tell them you can save them money, they will jump on board. Solutions like the Nest learning thermostat or ecobee4 smart stat are perfect for landlords or those who have second homes used as vacation rentals.

These WiFi thermostats are perfect with their “away-from-home” features to monitor the heating and cooling system. Look at the temperature of your second home anywhere from any smart device at any time…and change it, if necessary. Nest actually “learns” (and relearns) occupancy patterns of the home and programs itself to provide the most efficient heating and cooling.  The ecobee4 smart thermostat can be controlled via smart phone or iPad or laptop and programmed to provide heating and cooling as needed. Integration with Amazon Echo allows even more convenience and control.

Quality and reliability

The last thing a property manager wants to deal with is a broken air conditioner or thermostat that is not working properly. Both cost them – and their home or building owners – money that they don’t really want to spend. While price is always the primary consideration for repairs and replacements, high quality, reliable products provide the value most property managers desire. All Jackson Systems products and solutions come with excellent warranties. Buy the same product at a big box retailer and you may not get that warranty.

Referrals and reviews

Finally, we all prefer recommendations from family, friends or others you have served to choosing a contractor blindly from the Yellow Pages. To get business from Property Managers, be sure to keep your REVIEWS up to date. Ask for them from current customers. Post them on your social media pages. Blog about them. This is your greatest resource for new business.

And, if you are considering a supplier for your smart devices and other controls, check out our reviews. Jackson Systems is preferred by many contractors as a direct-to-contractor supplier of controls, including thermostats of all brands and operation, home automation and connected homes solutions, zoning systems, specialty controls and so much more. We even have a program for air filter delivery for contractors, called FilterFetch.  https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch.

Jackson Systems supports the efforts of contractors to serve property managers with our high quality, highly reliable products and solutions. To learn more about Jackson Systems, visit www.jacksonsystems.com.

Hot Yoga and the Thermostat

Namaste.

Hot yoga is a group exercise that uses heat and humidity to increase an individual’s flexibility with yoga poses. Introduced by Bikram Choudhury, a yogi from India, hot yoga is typcially performed under extreme temperatures and is designed to replicate the conditions of his country, where this trend got its start.

Hot yoga is to be performed at 104-105 degrees Fahrenheit to meet the goals of the exercise program. It is designed to lead to profuse sweating. As you can imagine, maintaining this kind of temperature in a hot yoga studio could be quite the heating challenge.

Jackson Systems has the solution!

Our T-32-P 7-day Programmable Thermostat https://jacksonsystems.com/…/jackson-systems-programmable-3… has become a favorite among hot yoga studio owners because it has an operating temperature of up to 122°F. This is one of the highest operating ranges available without incorporating more expensive and sophisticated digital direct control systems. A separate humidifier with its own controller to add relative humidity optimizes the hot yoga operation.

Yogis interested in the T-32-P can contact us or their HVAC contractor for purchase and installation. Visit us at www.jacksonsystems.com or call 888-652-9663 to order.

Jackson Systems: Doing Our Part to Protect the Environment

Jackson Systems is helping keep mercury out of the waste stream in order to protect the environment through its participation with #ThermostatRecyclingCorporation.

Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) is a national nonprofit network of over 3,600 mercury thermostat collection sites. TRC has recovered more than 10 tons of mercury since its inception in 1998.

TRC facilitates and manages the collection and proper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats. It was originally founded in 1998 by Honeywell, White-Rodgers and General Electric as a voluntary joint venture. Today, 30 manufacturers, including Jackson Systems, support the program. Members like us continue to provide financial support which demonstrates our commitment to a cleaner environment.

Collection sites consists of HVAC wholesale distributors and contractors. In 2006, TRC expanded the program to include household hazardous waste collection sites and thermostat retailers. Now, more than 3,600 businesses and communities in 48 states are enrolled in our program. Since our founding we’ve collected over 2.1 million mercury-containing thermostats – that’s kept 10 tons of mercury out of the waste stream.

Our collective goal as supporters of TRC is simple: to leave a better world than we found by keeping mercury out of the waste stream and to better protect the environment.

For more information on TRC, visit https://www.thermostat-recycle.org/.

Comfort System™ UV Lights for Cleaner, Healthier Indoor Air

In 2012, Duke University conducted a study for killing drug resistant bacteria and germs in medical facilities using ultra violet radiation (UV-C). In this study, UV-C proved effective in reducing the number of bacteria in 50 hospital rooms by more than 97%. Since then, ultraviolet lights have been widely adapted for all kinds of uses including HVAC.

Today, UV lights are a “must-have” addition for an effective HVAC maintenance plan in homes and small offices. They are used to improve indoor air quality for residential HVAC systems and are especially effective in hot, humid areas.

If your customers are complaining of sneezing, wheezing and other allergy symptoms, there could be indoor air quality issues related to mold and mildew. Our Comfort System™ UV Lights may be the solution to providing these customers with relief by killing the harmful allergens that are entering their living space through the HVAC.

The Jackson Systems Comfort System™ line of UV Lights are very effective at controlling mold inside the air handler. All mold in line-of-sight of the UV bulb are destroyed, keeping the coil mold-free. Our Comfort System™ UV Lights are self-contained air purification systems that remediate mold, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, harmful contaminants and odors found in most homes and small offices.

Features and benefits of our UV lights include:

  • Eliminates mold bacteria to reduce allergic reactions and smells/odors
  • Improves coil efficiency; keeping it cleaner and preventing mold growth
  • All metal enclosure and compact size to fit most systems
  • Long life solid state electronic ballast
  • Easy to install and automatic operation
  • Price competitive compared to other manufacturer UV lights

Ask about private labeling our UV lights for your contracting business.

To learn more about the Jackson Systems Comfort System™ UV Lights, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/uv-lights-1.html. Or, call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663.

FilterFetch FAQs

FilterFetch is answering contractor’s most frequently asked questions:

What Is FilterFetch?
FilterFetch is a contractor recommended service that delivers professional grade filters directly to your customers home.

Why Should I Add FilterFetch to My Service Offering?
FilterFetch is another way to better serve your homeowners and business customers. In addition to fast free filter delivery, FilterFetch customers receive automatic filter change reminder emails and friendly toll-free support from filter experts. Differentiate your contracting business by offering FilterFetch to all of your preventive maintenance customers!

How Much Does It Cost?
It costs contractors nothing to offer FilterFetch to their customers. But more, it pays you back. We handle everything and you make money on filter sales.

How Does a Contractor Get Started?
You will need a contractor code start offering FilterFetch to your customers. Contact us and we will help you get started today!

Visit https://jacksonsystems.com/content/filterfetch to learn more or watch our introductory video: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/filterfetch-training