Monthly Archives: February 2018

SPRING PMs ARE ON THE MINDS OF CONTRACTORS…AND HOMEOWNERS

Looking to enhance your Preventive Maintenance program to your customers? FilterFetch may be the solution! Homeowners love the convenience of air filters delivered to their doorstep and regular filter change reminders. Contractors love the fact that they can get back into the filter sales business without stocking a single one…not to mention the profits from simply signing up their customers. For more information on FilterFetch and how it can enhance your PM offering, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/filterfetch-info.html

Jackson System is a Thermostat Recycling Collection Site

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.
 
In Indianapolis, our facility at 5418 Elmwood Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46203, is a collection site!
 
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 HVAC 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/.

Increase the Ticket of a PM With a Wi-Fi Thermostat

It’s a connected world. There’s no denying it.

The question is, will you be joining the 3 million people who will be buying a connected product this year? And, by “joining,” we mean selling, installing and profiting?

Add it up. Say, you have about 500 PMs. Half will be interested in replacing an old thermostat with a Wi-Fi version. And, for several reasons:

  1. The thermostat is old and needs to be replaced anyway;
  2. They want the convenience and control that a Wi-Fi thermostat offers; or,
  3. They’ll agree to any recommendation you make.

So, 250 x approximately $300 (for Wi-Fi stat + install) = $75,000 above and beyond what you’ll be making on PMs. In the two-month window that preventive maintenance is generally scheduled, that’s quite a haul.

So, what say you, Mr. Contractor? Do you want a piece of this?  If so, check out our Wi-Fi smart thermostats https://jacksonsystems.com/category/thermostats-4.html.

ACCA Welcomes 2018-19 Board of Directors

February 21, 2018

Source: ACCA.org

 

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announces the installation of the 2018-19 Board of Directors and Officers. The board was installed at ACCA’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on February 14.

Don Langston of Aire Rite Airconditioning and Refrigeration in Huntington Beach, CA, passed the leadership of the ACCA Board of Directors to Steve Schmidt of Frederick Air in Frederick, MD.
Reflecting on his tenure as the 2017-18 Chairman, Langston highlighted numerous workforce related accomplishments instituted under his leadership. Langston noted ACCA’s efforts that have led to the creation of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, the introduction of apprenticeship legislation by Senator Wicker, and robust partnerships with the Association for Career and Technical Education and SkillsUSA.
Langston stated that he will remain focused on workforce development in his role as Immediate Past Chair. He said, “workforce development is very close to my heart and I pledge to you that I will continue to work in my company, with ACCA, and with you to fix [our industry’s workforce] problem once and for all.”
Chairman Schmidt energized attendees by promising to ensure Langston’s efforts to bring more young professionals into the HVACR industry will lead to a renewed and expanded ACCA.
Schmidt stated that his goal for ACCA is to ensure young HVACR professionals recognize the value of their national trade association by focusing on the benefits that young contractors look for and doing more to engage students and young professionals. He said, “As an association that has been led by Baby Boomers, we must adapt. Millennials are buying businesses or starting their own companies and ACCA has to be there for them.”
Serving alongside Schmidt on the Executive Committee are Directors and Officers: Eric Knaak, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Rochester, NY, senior vice chairman; Dan Weis, Weis Comfort Systems, Inc., Fenton, MO, secretary/treasurer; Lanny Huffman, Hickory Sheet Metal Co., Inc., Hickory, NC, vice chairman; Wade Mayfield, Thermal Services, Omaha, NE, vice chairman; Ken Goodrich, Goettl Air Conditioning, Tempe, AZ, vice chairman; and Langston will serve this year as immediate past chairman.

Directors on the Board, not serving on the Executive Committee are: Dave Boelcke, Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning, Stevensville, MI; Linda Couch, Parrish Services, Inc., Manassas, VA; Tim Cropp, CroppMetcalfe Services, Fairfax, VA; Dan Foley, Foley Mechanical, Inc., Lorton, VA; Louis Fuentes, Air Conditioning Guys, Inc., El Centro, CA; Vince Gillette, Gillette Air Conditioning Company, Inc., San Antonio, TX; Martin Hoover, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., Decatur, GA; Eddie McFarlane, Haller Enterprises, Inc. Lititz, PA; Rob Minnick, Minnick’s Inc., Laurel, MD; Steve Pape, Pape Service Co., Desoto, TX; Keith Paton, Ivey Mechanical LLC, Kosciusko, MS; Brian Stack, Stack Heating & Cooling, Avon, OH; Michael Stanfield, Comfort Systems USA Southwest, Chandler, AZ.

The 2018-19 Board of Directors will serve until the 2019 ACCA Annual Conference scheduled for March 4-6 in San Antonio, TX.
For more information please contact Todd Washam, ACCA director of industry and external relations, at todd.washam@acca.org or 703-824-8864.

Controls Done Right™

The Jackson Systems catalog features a wide variety of products including zoning, thermostats, wireless solutions and specialty controls. All of the products include features and benefits, images or product diagrams, specifications and much more. You can download it instantly, view our online interactive catalog or fill out the form below to have your copy mailed to you. To request a catalog through the mail, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/cc/catalog_request

To view or download it immediately, choose one of these options:

PDF – Download a pdf version (9MB): https://jacksonsystems.com/web_files/jackson.pavintheway.com/files/Volume%2018%20Catalog_Interactive.pdf

Online – Instantly flip through our paper catalog: https://jacksonsystems.com/web_files/jackson.pavintheway.com/files/Volume%2018%20Catalog_Interactive.pdf

To order, call Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663.

The NEWS: ACCA Presents Tom Jackson of Jackson Systems with Distinguished Service Award

Celebrating Engineers

Engineers Week promotes the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week (February 18–24, 2018) celebrates engineering professionals and raises public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life.

Today, we recognize and celebrate our own engineering team at Jackson Systems who develop and provide technical support for all of the products we build and distribute. If you’ve ever called Jackson Systems, you’ve spoken with our very knowledgeable and gifted team of engineers. Their forward-thinking and creative designs of HVAC energy products and outstanding contractor support is why we continue to succeed in zoning systems that beat all others for ease of operation and installation, reliability and affordability.

We honor our team of engineers this week and say “thank you” for your invaluable contribution and support at Jackson System. Meet many of our team of engineers at  https://jacksonsystems.com/about/ise_team who are engineering our future!

 

DID YOU KNOW?

In the United States, National Engineers Week is always the week in February which encompasses George Washington’s actual birthday, February 22. It is observed by more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. The purpose of National Engineers Week is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

The celebration of National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with President George Washington’s birthday. President Washington is considered as the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.

The results of the Federal Engineer of the Year Award are announced during the week. https://www.nspe.org/resources/interest-groups/government/federal-engineer-the-year

ACCA Shares News of Renewed Effort for Budget Deal to Restore Geothermal Tax Credit

After a long and often times disappointing journey, #ACCA shares news of the budget deal headed to President Trump’s desk for his signature includes the restored tax credit for Geothermal.  Once again, ACCA has transformed a priority of the members into another achievement.

Much like with the immediate expensing of equipment ACCA obtained in the tax reform package, we are proving that through hard work and shoe leather on Capitol Hill ACCA will produce victories for America’s HVACR Contractors that will positively impact their bottom-line and their customers.

The budget deal returns the Geothermal tax credit.

Specifically, the Bipartisan Budget Act would:

  1. Retroactively extended until December 31, 2021 Section 25or the 30% tax credit for the Residential Geothermal Tax Credit
  2. Retroactively extend for “property the construction of which begins before January 1, 2022” for Section 48or the 10% tax credit for Commercial Geothermal applications.

These tax credits expired at the end of 2016, and ACCA and our friends at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and American Gas Association have been hard at work to see these credits restored.

For the Bipartisan Budget Act as it relates to geothermal, visit https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Bipartisan%20Budget%20Act%20of%202018.pdf

Nest Protect’s Early Warning Saves Family From Potential Fire Disaster

Actual tweet from Nest Protect homeowner and retweet from @Nest:
“Today my Nest smoke detector alerted that there was smoke in my basement. The compressor of my basement fridge had caught fire. So glad I was home and had a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher. Without the detector we wouldn’t have known until it was much more serious.”

Nest Protect CO/Smoke Detector

Nest Protect is the carbon monoxide and smoke alarm that thinks, speaks and alerts your phone at the same time the alarm screams. Install more than one and when one speaks…they all speak!

Over 1,000,000 people will experience high levels of carbon monoxide this year. Those are sobering statistics that need to be taken seriously. Nest Protect monitors the home and checks for CO and smoke constantly. And, Nest Protect checks its batteries over 400 times a day…so you never have to. An alert to the phone will tell you when it’s time to change the batteries. (Nest long lasting batteries last on average two years.) And, it uses silent sound check once a month to test the alarm and speaker.

For the quickest protection against fire and carbon monoxide, Nest Protect is best option for equipment!

Are you offering your customers the option of Nest Protect? Offer Nest Protect and your are giving them the ultimate in safety, protection and peace of mind!

Learn more about Nest Protect here:

https://jacksonsystems.com/products/nest-protect-battery-powered-smoke-alarm-white-2nd-gen.html

12 TECHNICAL RULES OF THUMB FOR INSTALLING ZONING

  1. In most cases, it will not be necessary to modify duct sizing when installing a zone system.
  2. It is a good practice to size the smallest zone to handle approximately 25% of the system CFM.
  3. Never undersize ductwork.
  4. Upsizing registers in the smallest zone to the next larger size should be considered.
  5. You can double the rated CFM of a register before it starts to become noisy.
  6. Two-stage equipment is always a better choice.
  7. It is always better to slightly undersize the HVAC equipment than to oversize it.
  8. Never locate a thermostat in a hallway.
  9. If bypass dampers are used they should be installed at least 2 feet away from the plenum, when possible.
  10. Always use a separate 24 volt transformer to power the one panel. (Do not use the equipment transformer).
  11. Always tag all wires, especially from dampers and thermostats.
  12. Some basements may require setting the zone thermostat in auto mode during the cooling season for the following reasons:
    1. Basement walls are cold as a result of being below the ground level
    2. Uninsulated ductwork located in the basement acts as a cooling radiator
    3. Ductwork leaking air
    4. Cold air falls, especially in homes with open stairways

For best viewing of the infographic, right click and save to your desktop.

For more information on iO zoning systems, including zone panels, dampers and specialty zoning, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html

Connected Thermostats Comparison Chart For Commercial Applications

With a lot of options out there, it can be pretty confusing when trying to select a connected thermostat for a commercial project.

Jackson Systems prepared the following Connected Thermostats Comparison Chart to help contractors make the proper selection.

For more information and pricing on our extensive thermostats offering, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/thermostats.html or call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663 for questions and expert advice.

 

Note: for best viewing of the chart, please right click on the image and save to your desktop.

Webinar Series for Selling HVAC With Presenter, Joe Crisara

Joe Crisara ad Jackson Systems offer a webinar series for selling HVAC, including the following topics:

Feb 15th – The Power Of Personalizing Problems & Solutions 

– 3 questions that reveal the client “code”

– The secret element that creates “liking”

– Real world examples of using this method to differentiate your services

 

March 1st – Pure Motive Pricing – The Science Of Options
– The evolution of service contracting pricing

– The science of how consumers choose

– Linear vs Branch thinkers

– Rules to creating premium, midrange & economy choices

 

March 15th Close The Deal – Eliminating Buyer Resistance

– 4 magic words that close 73% of all sales

– Getting clients to sell themselves

– The power of silence

– The mindset of the top service provider in the world

 

There are two ways watch. Join via Joe’s Zoom meeting room or on Facebook Live.

FACEBOOK LIVE: Login to Facebook and search @ContractorSelling

ZOOM WEBINAR: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/8053691650

Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16699006833,,8053691650# or +14086380968,,8053691650#

Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 805 369 1650

#SwagWednesdays at HVAC Shop Talk to Give Away LeakSmart

You won’t want to miss the Feb 21st edition of #SwagWednesday at #HVACShopTalk. Jackson Systems is providing the swag and we’re giving away a LeakSmart leak and freeze detection system. Not only does it detect a leak, it’ll shut off the water at the main within 5 seconds.

Follow HVAC Shop Talk’s Awag Wednesdays here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6tTysNtzkqo

To learn more about LeakSmart, watch this https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=HRA-V4UsCJo

 

eakSMART, LeakSmart Hub, LeakSmart Range Extender, LeakSmart Washing Machine Shut Off SystemLeakSmart Water Tank Shut-Off System, LeakSmart SensorLeakSmart Pro Automatic Water Shut-Off Valve 2.0 – 3/4″LeakSmart Pro Automatic Water Shut-Off Valve 2.0 – 1″,

HVAC Shop Talk Invites Jackson Systems to Talk About Web Comfort and Building Automation

Tom Jackson, president of Jackson Systems, returns to HVAC Shop Talk podcast. The talk? A little bit about Ralph’s dating life…and an introduction to our Web Comfort Energy Management System, Building Automation (BAS) and ZoneESP, zoning without a need for a bypass. To listen, visit http://hwcdn.libsyn.com/p/d/1/1/d114d31b310eab44/Tom_Jackson_WC_Zone_FINAL.mp3?c_id=18973717&expiration=1517933960&hwt=b3a1c323b9d06401b4da3cb65bad981a

For information on Web Comfort, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/products/web-comfort-energy-management-system.html for product. To view the “movie” Zack refers to, click here: https://jacksonsystems.com/products/web-comfort-energy-management-system.html

Indiana HVAC Association’s Industry Update and Networking Expo

You’re Invited!
Indiana HVAC Association’s Industry Update and Networking Expo

March 29, 2018 4-7 pm
Primo’s South, Indianapolis
2615 National Ave, Indianapolis IN 46227

Who Should Come?
All HVAC Association Members, Potential Members & Students

Register: www.hvacindiana.org/events

Program:
4:00pm – Registration and Networking – Appetizers with free beer and wine
4:30 pm – Welcome
4:35 pm – Legal Update from Faegre Baker Daniels
5:00 pm – Workforce Panel
5:30 pm – Guest Speaker: Mike Murphy, publisher of ACHR TheNEWS
6:00 pm – additional networking and expo

Exhibit spots available. Contact Tom Jackson at 317-440-6599 or Tom Sipes at 317-775-2078.

For more information on Indiana HVAC Association, visit https://www.hvacindiana.org/.