Monthly Archives: April 2018

The Single Zone Solution Perfect for Light Commercial Spaces With Over-Cooling Problems

Excited about your promotion from cubicle row to that room with the view? You may not be after spending a week there…especially if it’s that space that has the over-cooling problem. No wonder the last guy there quit! Or, did he freeze to death?

Zone One Two-position, Stand-alone Dampers

Zone One is a control damper assembly designed to solve over-heating and over-cooling problems in light commercial spaces. It can be used to control a single room, or by using multiple dampers to zone multiple rooms. Zone One is available as two-position or modulating and with a damper or diffuser.

Zone One doesn’t take over control of the equipment, it simply provides a comfort solution for a single area. The damper is wired to a thermostat* in the room or area where it’s too cold (or too hot). Using a duct temperature sensor mounted on the damper, the damper will open or close to help maintain setpoint based on the air temperature in the duct system. Because no zone control panel is required (control from the thermostat that works directly with the temperature sensor affixed to the round or square damper), installation is quick, easy and flexible. Controls come pre-wired and offer auto-changeover.

Zone One solves over-cooling problems in conference rooms, reception areas, offices…and other light commercial spaces that typically run too cold or too hot. It also minimizes complaints and may increase productivity!

For more information on the Zone One, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=zone+one. For a quote, call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663.

 

*The UT32 Titan Thermostat must be ordered separately.

Two-story New Construction and the HVAC

Did you know that the energy costs for about the same square footage of a two-story home vs. a one story are almost double in many cases? It many of the homes in the U.S., that’s true.

Proven by physics that heat naturally rises, heating and cooling a second level to the same temperature of a lower level can significantly increase energy usage. With one central heating and air system, it seems there will always be that inbalance which would cause the unit to continually run trying to maintain one temperature set point for both stories of a two-story of a home.

One option to remedy this problem is to put a second system in or on the home. But, the cost of doing so is quite substantial for the builder, especially when he is already experiencing increased construction costs, including 2-3% in construction materials and 3-4% in labor costs (predictions for 2018 by the NAHB).

Finding quicker, more efficient, and less labor-intensive ways to do things is going to be key to holding down new residential construction expenses—and that is especially true when it comes to the HVAC. For that, it may be wiser to install a zoning system as a solution to best serve new homeowners with more comfort, greater utility savings and simply, a smarter HVAC system.

Zoning systems separate one floor from another, without having to install two complete HVAC systems. A zoning system makes for a much more comfortable house and is about the price of a second system. All that’s needed is a central zone system control panel, a motorized zone damper for each zone, a thermostat in each zone, static pressure probe, and a way to release the extra static pressure when it occurs.

Zoning systems are an easy installation with iO HVAC zoning, distributed by Jackson Systems. Where installation of a new HVAC system in new construction is at least a two-man job over a couple of days, putting in a zoning system is a quick, easy, one technician deal that can be done in a matter of hours when, in new construction, access to the duct work is easily accessible.

Residential new construction is expected to grow by about 6% in 2018, according to Building Solutions forecasting.1 Minimize costs, complaints and installation man-hours and provide more comfort in your new buildings, with an iO HVAC zoning system.

For more information on iO HVAC zoning systems, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html. For an estimate on any zoning products, call our Customer Service Engineers at 888-652-9663. You can count on them for accurate estimates for zoning systems and total engineering support throughout the installation.

Jackson Systems. Controls Done Right!

 

  1. https://www.buildingsolutions.com/industry-insights/what-to-expect-2018-construction-costs

Two-story New Residential Construction and the HVAC

Did you know that the energy costs for about the same square footage of a two-story home vs. a one story are almost double in many cases? It many of the homes in the U.S., it’s true.

Proven by physics that heat naturally rises, heating and cooling a second level to the same temperature of a lower level can significantly increase energy usage. With one central heating and air system, it seems there will always be that inbalance which would cause the unit to continually run trying to maintain one temperature set point for both stories of a two-story of a home.

One option to remedy this problem is to put a second system in or on the home. But, the cost of doing so is quite substantial for the builder, especially when he is already experiencing increased construction costs, including 2-3% in construction materials and 3-4% in labor costs (predictions for 2018).

Finding quicker, more efficient, and less labor-intensive ways to do things is going to be key to holding down new residential construction expenses—and that is especially true when of the HVAC. For that, it may be wiser to install a zoning system as a solution to best serve new homeowners with comfort, utility savings and a smarter HVAC system.

Zoning systems separate one floor from another, without having to install two complete HVAC systems. A zoning system makes for a much more comfortable house and is about the price of a second system. All that’s needed is a central zone system control panel, a motorized zone damper for each zone, a thermostat in each zone, static pressure probe and a way to release the extra static pressure when it occurs.

Zoning systems are an easy installation with iO HVAC zoning distributed by Jackson Systems. Where installation of a new HVAC system in new construction is at least a two-man job over a couple of days, putting in a zoning system is a quick, easy, one technician deal that can be done in a matter of hours when, in new construction, access to the ductwork is easily accessible.

Residential new construction is expected to grow by about 6% in 2018, according to Building Solutions forecasting.1 Minimize costs, complaints and installation manhours and provide more comfort in your new buildings, with an iO HVAC zoning system.

For more information on iO HVAC zoning systems, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/zoning.html. For an estimate on any zoning products, call our Customer Service Engineers at 888-652-9663. You can count on them for accurate estimates for zoning systems and total engineering support throughout the installation.

Jackson Systems. Controls Done Right!

 

 

  1. https://www.buildingsolutions.com/industry-insights/what-to-expect-2018-construction-costs

 

Control Your Sensi Thermostat via Google Home Speaker or Any Google Assistant-enabled Device

“Hey Google, set the temperature to 72”

Blog provided by sensicomfort.com

Expanding on existing integrations with connected platforms, Sensi thermostats now work with the Google assistant so you can easily control your home comfort using simple voice commands. Ask any device with the Google Assistant built-in – like Google Home or Google Home Mini – what your Sensi thermostat is set to, increase the temperature, switch heating or cooling modes and more.

Getting your Sensi thermostat to work with Google Home is easy. First, set up your Sensi thermostat using the Sensi mobile app. Second, connect your Sensi thermostat to Google Home using the Google Home app. Third, give your Sensi thermostat a nickname in the Google Home app – something you will easily remember like “Main thermostat” or “Upstairs thermostat”.

Once your voice-activated speaker has discovered your Sensi, you can control single or multiple thermostat settings using just your voice. Just say, “Ok Google;” for hands-free comfort control of your smart home…but that’s not all.

The Google Assistant can control your Sensi thermostat and other smart home devices, but can also help you keep track of your day, make calls, find recipes and more. You can also use “routines” to complete multiple tasks with a single voice command. Routines can help with your morning, commutes to and from work and evening at home. For example, say “Hey Google, I’m home” and the Google Assistant can adjust your Sensi thermostat, turn on lighting and play music.

Using Sensi with Google Assistant is the perfect way to integrate home comfort control into your lifestyle. This is just one more way that Sensi allows you to connect to home comfort from anywhere.

Jackson Systems Employees Organize Scouting STEM Event in Indianapolis

A STEM event hosted by Jackson Systems’ Specified Group Employee and Cub Scout Pack Leader, Mike Lee, was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church this week. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America have taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs
 
Jane Jackson, wife of Jackson Systems CEO, Tom Jackson, also helped by developing the activities of this event which included making electrical circuits with Playdoh and building circuits with multiple devices mounted on blocks of wood.
 
Several hundred local children attended the event and enjoyed some very enjoyable learning experiences much thanks to the Cub Scout Pack and its volunteers.
 
For more on STEM or to find a similar event in your area, visit https://www.scouting.org/stem-nova-awards/about-stem/.

Notice of Price Increases

Dear Valued Customer:

Thank you for your business with Jackson Systems. We are committed to providing quality products at a competitive price. As you know, the global market is changing and there has been an increase in costs due to tariffs and raw materials.  Due to the volatile raw material market, the following products will have price increases effective May 15, 2018:

  • iO HVAC Controls – panels and dampers an average of 8%
  • Honeywell – most products an average of 5% and higher on end of life products

We are diligently working to attain index pricing from our vendors and once the market has become more stable, we will reevaluate costs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-652-9663 should you have any questions.

Again, thank you for your continued support.  We truly appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

Tom Jackson
CEO

ZoneESP: Zoning Systems Without a Bypass Damper

The new iO ZoneESP zone panels, distributed by Jackson Systems, are equipped with award-winning electronic static pressure control technology that eliminates the need to install a bypass damper. As the zone dampers open and close, the static pressure sensor continuously monitors the system static pressure. If the static pressure goes above the static pressure setpoint, the panel will open the non-calling zones just enough the relieve out the excess pressure and bring the system below the desired setpoint. You don’t’ feel it. You don’t hear it. You never know it’s even happening.

ZoneESP Zone Panels are available in 2, 3 and 6 zone, are easy to install and eliminate the need for a bypass damper. All come with a 10 year warranty. LED status alerts make troubleshooting easy! Meets ASHRAE Standard 62.2.

For more information or to receive a 10% discount, visit http://info.controlsintelligence.com/esp-april-special

Best Thermostats for $40 or Less*

Looking for the best thermostats under $40? We have them all here and they ALL include free logo and phone imprinting**. Leave your contact info and stop them at the stat the next time your customers order service!

Check out our comprehensive offering of the Best of $40 and Under here:

Braeburn Non-Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

Braeburn Builder Series thermostats provide a cost effective solution to temperature control!  With a bright blue backlight and large characters on a 2 sq. in. display, Braeburn thermostats are easier for customers to operate. Temperature limits and FREE contractor branding on the quick reference instruction card give contractors and property owners the tools they need to help control rising installation and energy costs.

Braeburn Non-Programmable 2H/2C Thermostat

The Braeburn 1220 non-programmable thermostat is compatible with 2H/2C systems. It features a large, backlit display, front access reset button and can be dual powered. This Economy Series thermostat offers a lot of features at a value price.

Braeburn Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

The Economy Series 2020 is a 5 – 2 day programmable, single-stage thermostat. The large 3” backlit display makes it easy to read, even in the dark. With adjustable temperature limits, filter check reminders, compressor short cycle protection and adaptive recovery, this economically-priced thermostat is perfect for the value-conscious customer. The 2020 meets California Title 24 Guidelines.

Braeburn NC Series Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

The Economy Series 2020NC is a 5 /2 day programmable, single-stage thermostat. The large 3” backlit display makes it easy to read, even in the dark. With adjustable temperature limits, filter check reminders, compressor short cycle protection and adaptive recovery, this economically-priced thermostat is perfect for the value-conscious customer. The 2020NC meets California Title 24 Guidelines.

Honeywell T1 Pro Non-programmable Thermostat

The non-progammable thermostat is for for 24 Vac systems, single stage heat and cool systems. Single stage heat pumps without aux heat.

Honeywell T4 Pro Programmable Thermostat with stages up to 1 Heat/1 Cool Heat Pumps or 1 Heat/1 Cool Conventional Systems

The T Series programmable thermostat streamlines everything from product selection and installation to customer service and support. With a standard footprint and simple interface, the T Series will enhance the entire thermostat experience for you and your customers alike.

White-Rodgers Non-Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

With a single 70 Series thermostat, your customers can economically upgrade to digital accuracy and energy savings…without any decorating touch-ups. Its new low-profile design covers the footprint of the four most common mechanical thermostats used today. So there’s no wall re-painting and no wallplates required. And it’s battery powered, making it easy to install and compatible with most heating/cooling systems. The 70 Series is perfect for customers who want a quick and easy digital upgrade. Plus its versatility means less inventory for you.

White-Rodgers Programmable 1H/1C Vertical Thermostat

The vertical 70 Series™ thermostats build your new construction business. It’s the first series of flexible thermostats enabling customers to wire and mount one subbase for use with the temporary new construction thermostat and easily snap on an upgrade to any 1E78 digital model upon building completion. The vertical 70 Series low-profile design blends narrow width with new home decors.

The universal subbase, for use with all 1E78 models, is designed to mount on a 2″ x 4″ junction box or directly to the wall. There is also an optional wallplate for use in retro-fit applications. The 70 Series thermostats are battery powered, making them easy to install and compatible with most heating and cooling systems. The vertical 70 Series is perfect for new construction customers who want a quick and easy transition to job completion.

White-Rodgers Non-Programmable 2H/1C Thermostat Heat Pump

With a 70 Series Heat Pump thermostat, your customers can economically upgrade to digital accuracy and energy savings. It is easy to install and is compatible with most heat pump systems. The 70 Series is perfect for customers who want an economical and easy digital upgrade for their heat pump system. Plus, White-Rodgers 70 Series versatility means less inventory for you.

LuxPro Non-Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

1Heat/1Cool, Battery powered digital heating thermostat with a large easy-to-read display and with temperature swing adjustment.

Pro1 IAQ Non-Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

The T701 Comfort Series thermostat is easy to install and use. This digital non-programmable thermostat has a sleek thin design that fits in all decors. The T701 wall thermostat has a 4-inch square backlit display and large buttons which make it simple and easy to use. It provides excellent temperature and humidity control for maximum guest comfort.

Pro1 IAQ Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

The Model T705 is your Easy-to-Use thermostat for your home comfort system. It has a 4 sq inch display with a blue back-light with easy menu driven programming. Control your heating and cooling products with this great thermostat!

Robertshaw Non-Programmable 2H/1C Thermostat

The RS2210 provides comfort, convenience and efficiency that homeowners and contractors want. This value-packed thermostat features a new improved display, making it easy-to-read, front load battery compartment for ease of battery replacement and fully adjustable temperature differential for increased comfort.

Robertshaw Programmable 1H/1C Thermostat

he Robertshaw® RS3000 thermostat family is Simply The Right Choice when it comes to programmable temperature control that can help reduce energy costs up to 25%. With the comfort, convenience, and efficiency features that homeowners and contractors want, the RS3000 family provides custom program options in value-packed thermostats for an economical price. All RS3000 thermostats are fully compatible with all standard 24V AC heating and cooling systems. The RS3210 offers additional compatibility with single and multi-stage gas/electric furnaces and heat pump systems. Add in easy installation, expert technical service, and quality you can depend on and you have the Robertshaw RS3000 thermostat family – Simply The Right Choice.

 

 

*contractor pricing

**when you order 6 or more of same model

NOTE: Pricing subject to change. Prices good as of 4/15/2018.

ACCA Reports…

Proposed Policy Changes for Energy Efficiency Requirements of Residential and Commercial HVAC Equipment Finally Become Public

By Barton James posted at ACCA Blog 2 days ago

Another one of ACCA and the HVACR Industry’s top commonsense policy goals put forward to President Trump and Congress, which we requested their help transforming was energy policy, specifically:

Energy Bill & EPCA Reform
Issue: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), is the governing policy for energy efficiency of DOE residential covered products and commercial covered equipment; and gives DOE authority to regulate many of the HVACR Alliance members’ products. EPCA is over 40 years old and has not been updated since its initial enactment to reflect new technologies and economic realities. EPCA has produced an endless cycle of efficiency rulemakings that adversely impacts our industry’s competitiveness, consumers’ choices and installed costs. The Act overlooks effects of installation on energy efficiency, and most importantly – the American jobs we create.

Solution: The HVACR Alliance seeks Congressional action to allow U.S. industry to reposition itself as the global leader of innovation, job creation, and production of energy efficient products and equipment. Congress must make substantive modifications to various EPCA provisions that reflect the latest technology and trends rather than relying on outdated 40-year-old technology. Our industry presented Congress with suggestions on how to achieve these reforms and we look forward to working with the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to update these important policies.

Shortly before the Passover/Easter break we got some exciting news from our friend, and Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  We finally received the long awaited EPCA language. During our initial review we were pleased to see several of our suggestions had been were included. The aim to build in more time between rulemakings on energy efficient HVAC equipment is there, though it would not currently end serial rulemakings. This Republican “Discussion Draft” includes efforts to increase transparency, define energy savings for subsequent rulemakings, and ensure test procedures are finished prior to standards.

Currently, the Committee has not indicated when a hearing will be scheduled.

A Job Well Done…Just Like the Burgers!

The Custom Controls division of Jackson Systems recently completed a large controls project at BruBurger Bar, a new restaurant who celebrated its grand opening in Nobelsville, IN, much to the comfort and delight of its patrons.

Ryan Jackson, the project manager, and Indianapolis-based mechanical contractor, Enviromax completed the controls project using Distech Controls Authorized System Integration just in time for its opening at 350 Westfield Rd.

In Nobelsville and want to check out BruBurger Bar, visit http://www.bruburgerbar.com/noblesville/

For more information on our Custom Controls division of Jackson Systems or to have a Distech project quoted, call Ryan Jackson or Jacob Finley at 888-652-9663.

How Higher Than Normal Levels of Humidity are Rapidly and Significantly Damaging Homes

The changing weather conditions brought on by El Nino , including higher humidity levels, are significantly damaging and rotting homes—inside and out.

When the humidity levels rise outside there is no way to keep it from also entering the home. Too much humidity can cause condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, mold, musty odor, and/or a clammy feel to the air. It has the same effect on valuable furnishings.

Controlling the humidity levels in the home greatly influences the comfort your customers will experience, as well as protect health and décor and reduce maintenance. A home will feel most comfortable at humidity levels between 30 – 50%. There is no sure way to keep it within those levels without a humidification system.

Jackson Systems offers an extensive line of whole-home humidification solutions. These solutions will slow down the deterioration of a home’s interior and improve the air your customers breathe. Not to mention it will help protect their precious and valuable art, upholstery and woods like piano’s, antiques, moulding, frames and other home décor with adequate humidification/dehumidification.

To learn more about how proper humidification can solve comfort issues, watch this: http://info.controlsintelligence.com/humidification-ondemand

To browse humidifiers, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/search?search=humidifier

Introducing the Nest Temperature Sensor: The Right Temperature; Right Where You Want It

Blog by Nest

Most homes aren’t the same temperature in every room. Rooms vary widely – the number of windows, how much sun they get, their size, how well they’re insulated, and how many vents they have. And, often the room where your customers’ comfort is most important, like a baby’s room or bedroom, isn’t where their thermostat is located.

Nest will help you bring the right temperature to the right places in your customers’ homes with the Nest Temperature Sensor.

  • Personalized comfort control. Get the right temperature for comfort in the room that’s most important to your customers, even if that isn’t where the thermostat is.
  • Comfort when your customers want it. Create a custom schedule that works best for your customers. They can use the Nest app to tell their thermostat which sensor to use during different times of day.
  • Flexible placement. Put a Nest Temperature Sensor wherever it’s needed. You can set it on a flat surface like a table or shelf, or install on the wall. The Nest Temperature Sensor works with the third generation Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E using Bluetooth.
  • Fast and simple installation. Battery powered and wireless, so no dealing with wires or worrying about whether there’s an outlet in just the spot where you want to put the sensor.

Jackson Systems is a proud distributor of Nest products. Pre-order your Nest Temperature Sensor by calling us at 888-652-9663. Sensors will ship starting April 15, 2018.