Monthly Archives: July 2018

Jackson Systems Wins Gold Award in ACHR News 2018 Dealer Design Awards

(Indianapolis, IN, July 24, 2018) – Jackson Systems was recognized for excellence in product design in the 15th annual Dealer Design Awards Program sponsored by The Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News magazine. An independent panel of contractors acted as judges in the contest that had 98 entries. The company’s Virtual Technician App was the Gold winner in the Contractor Services & Software category. The ACHR News is the leading trade magazine in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries.

News Publisher Mike Murphy stated, “These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVACR industry and the awards issue gives our readers an opportunity to read about innovative installation and service solutions.

Tom Jackson states “At Jackson Systems we are focused on new ways we can service our contractor clients.  We understand that providing super-fast and highly technical support is one of the most important services we can provide.  Our new Virtual Technician accomplishes this goal.  We hope contractors will download the app and give it a shot.”

Winning entries in the Dealer Design Awards were featured in the July 23, 2018 issue of The ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to over 33,000 HVACR contractors, wholesalers, and other industry professionals. For more information and further coverage, visit

To learn more about the Jackson Systems Virtual Technician App, visit


Jackson Systems New Website is LIVE!

A New Look for an Old Friend

Jackson Systems invites you to browse our new website at

Included in the new look are special features to make your browsing experience a new one every time you visit!

New Products: Nearly every week something cool is introduced to make the contractor’s life easier. See ‘what’s new’ here!

Monthly Specials: Don’t miss out on a good deal! Browse the Monthly Specials every time you come to our new website and get the best deals in town!

Online Support: Get the help you need when you need it! Download our Virtual Technician. It’s like having one of our engineers with you to help on an install or troubleshoot one of our products from the field.

Contractor Tools: See videos and trainings on our products and their applications. We’re also offering tips and techniques that contractors can benefit from to make their daily work lives easier!

Blog: We’re talking about everything in our industry, not just product news. Keep up-to-date by visiting our blogspot every time you visit the website!

Everything we do has the contractor in mind and our website is no exception. Take a look at our new website now and provide us feedback. We look forward to your comments and suggestions. Email us at

To get your personal Contractor Log-in for immediate pricing and online ordering, visit


ecobee EMS: An Easy-to-Install, Even Easier-to-Manage, Cost-effective Energy Management System

On average, heating and cooling account for up to 63% of light-commercial building’s energy usage, making it the perfect target to reduce costs for any business. To do that, however, one needs a good EMS, energy management system. ecobee offers a perfect solution!

With ecobee EMS, you can monitor and control your commercial building’s HVAC system and automate ancillary devices—all at a fraction of the price of a Building Automation System.

ecobee EMS makes managing a number of thermostats, individually or as groups, across various locations with multiple users, all from a single web portal or smart phone app easy. It’s a best way to reduce costs related to heating and cooling these space, as well as the doing one’s part to reduce the environmental footprint that energy management solutions provide.

Consider this success story featuring 80 Texas Taco Bells who installed ecobee EMS to manage their HVAC:

Thinking Outside the Box

When Dwayne Kostiha, VP of Operational Services at Austaco Ltd, a franchisee of Taco Bell, started investigating ways he could more easily manage the energy consumption of his 80 Taco Bell restaurants across Central Texas, he felt a bit overwhelmed. It certainly wasn’t an easy feat.

That’s what Taco Bell does. And they do it deliciously well! The company is always finding smart ways to reduce their restaurant’s environmental footprint. When Dwayne Kostiha, VP of Operational Services at Austaco Ltd, a franchisee of Taco Bell, started investigating ways he could more easily manage the energy consumption of his 80 Taco Bell restaurants across Central Texas, he felt a bit overwhelmed. It certainly wasn’t an easy feat. Well aware that 40% of the energy consumption at his Taco Bell locations was directly related to his heating and cooling equipment, Dwayne was eager to identify a solution that would reduce his HVAC footprint, all while helping the company save on operation costs.

“A tremendous amount of profit has been lost over the years due to the mismanagement of the thermostats.” So, Dwayne installed ecobee Energy Management System (EMS) into his Taco Bell locations.

Significant energy and cost savings Dwayne now has visibility to all his thermostats and HVAC performance via his personalized web portal—from anywhere! And he can configure settings so that personnel can adjust the thermostat by no more than plus or minus three degrees. Having these parameters has resulted in huge energy and cost savings. For example, in Texas, raising the thermostat by 1 degree adds approximately 4% to your energy bill! One of Dwayne’s Taco Bell stores has demonstrated energy savings of 8-12% since the installation 10 months ago. It goes beyond just savings and comfort… For added control of his stores, Dwayne has installed Remote Sensor Modules in his walk-in fridges and freezers. Now whenever the temperature rises to a level where food will be spoiled, Dwayne receives automatic alerts via email. In fact, he’s already saved his food supply on two separate occasions! And he found the sweet spot! For each restaurant location, Dwayne says he has found the ‘sweet spot’. The sweet spot is the temperature that’s saving the most energy possible while ensuring his customers and employees are comfortable too. What’s next? In the next year, Dwayne plans to install ecobee thermostats in the remainder of his stores. And he’s really looking forward to his bragging rights at the next management meeting when his colleagues see how much he’s saved in energy costs.

“Many of the competitive products we examined just weren’t as intuitive as the ecobee EMS. . . the ecobee seemed to have it all—it was the perfect solution for our needs.” –Dwayne Kostiha, VP Operational Services

Do you have a light commercial project you want quoted? Jackson Systems offers the ecobee EMS solution in our product offering. For a quote, call us at 888-652-9663. For more information on ecobee EMS product, to watch a video and read installation instructions in consideration of your next energy management project, visit


Keep Customers Safe When Changing Thermostats!

Know the dangers of changing and discarding old mercury thermostats. Here’s a great video to learn more about Thermostat Recycling Corporation, find a drop off center, and promote a safe way to get rid of old mercury thermostats:
Jackson Systems is proud to be a participating collection site for Thermostat Recycling Corporation.

The DL429: A True RMS Wireless HVAC/R Clamp Meter with Dual Temperature…and Many Applications

The DL429 has a dual display capable of showing two temperature input readings, T1 and T2. It also displays temperature differential, T1-T2. It accepts direct K-type thermocouple input, no adapter required. And finally, it has a temperature range of -22˚ to 752˚F.

In addition to the dual temperature function, The DL429 features HAVC functionality such as locked rotor amp inrush, capacitance, AC microamps, 600A AC, 750V DC, 1000V DC, resistance, and more. We’ve added all this while meeting the latest stringent safety standards.

A wireless link allows connection through compatible smart devices through a free app.


  • Measure linear electrical loads
  • Control voltage or system board voltage checks
  • Circuit continuity or specified resistance
  • Motor run or start faults
  • Quick check of live wires
  • Diode test malfunctions/ unbroken paths
  • Motor inrush


  • Wireless to App
  • Direct function button access • Dual display
  • Differential temperature
  • Min/Max/Hold
  • Backlit display
  • Worklight
  • Magnetic mount
  • RF or Bluetooth® Wireless
  • iOS® and Android™ compatible
  • Input jack lockout
  • Low battery lockout
  • Visible high-voltage alert
  • 2-Year limited warranty


  • True RMS
  • 600A AC
  • µA DC 0.1 to 2000
  • 1000V DC
  • 750V AC
  • Resistance
  • Capacitance
  • Differential temperature: -22° to 752°F (-30° to 400°C)
  • Frequency
  • Duty cycle
  • LRA Inrush measurement


  • Silicon test leads 2 (ATL57)
  • Alligator clips 2 (AAC)
  • Batteries 6 (AAA)
  • Thermocouples 2 (ATT29)
  • Free App for iOS® and Android™ (UEi Smart Data Logger)
  • Zippered case
  • Manual (10097)

To learn more, view this:

To order, call 888-652-9663 or visit


iO TWIN: Universal Twinning/Paralleling Kit

The iO TWIN is a universal Twinning/Paralleling Kit that is designed to allow a single thermostat to control multiple HVAC units. It represents a very affordable twinning solution that greatly reduces installation time for the contractor.

The iO TWIN  can be applied where multiple HVAC units are used to condition large spaces such as church sanctuaries, fellowship halls, recreation areas, warehouses and manufacturing facilities as well as other applications where large packaged RTUs cannot be applied due to roof pitch and load restrictions. The Twinning Kit can be applied to HVAC units sharing common or separate supply and return ducts.

The iO-TWIN was engineered to incorporate solid-state, diode relay logic with all components and wiring terminals mounted on a single, compact, printed circuit board. The PC board is mounted on a Snap Track base to facilitate ease of installation.

The Twinning Kit can be used with single stage (1 heat / 1 cool), multi-stage (2 heat / 2 cool) and heat pump (3 heat / 2 cool) equipment. Standard 18 gauge thermostat wire is required for the HVAC units and thermostat that can be located up to 300 feet from the panel. When used in a single panel array, the iO TWIN  can control two HVAC units. Two iO TWIN panels can be twinned together to control four units from a single thermostat.

Ease of Installation
The iO TWIN  saves hours of installation time by incorporating dedicated terminals for all system wiring. Only standard 18 gauge thermostat wire is required. The panel can be mounted in the most convenient location up to 300 feet from the HVAC units and controlling thermostat. LEDs provide visual confirmation of equipment mode of operation, fan, reversing valve (heat pump only) and staging status which simplifies servicing of the system. The panel does not require any system setup. A separate 24 volt, 40VA transformer provides power for the panel and controlling thermostat. When used with fossil fuel furnaces sharing a common supply duct, back draft dampers are required and the controlling thermostat must be equipment compatible.

Competitive Difference
The iO TWIN is compatible with both heat / cool and heat pump equipment with no special setup required. The iO TWIN can be expanded to control up to four HVAC units from a single thermostat. A separate 24 volt transformer provides power for the panel and thermostat which isolates the twinning kit from equipment transformers thus eliminating transformer phase problems. Status LEDs provide visual confirmation of system functions which simplifies service and diagnostics.

Installation & Service Benefits
The iO TWIN  has clearly labeled dedicated terminal blocks for HVAC equipment, thermostat and transformer wiring. Only standard 18 gauge thermostat wire is required. LED status indication simplifies test, check and startup as well as service diagnostics.

For more information or to order the iO TWIN, call 888-652-9663 or visit

July and August Are the Most Popular Months for Break-Ins. Help Your Customers Protect Themselves with Nest.

Did you know that the risk of becoming victim of a break-in is greatest in the months of July and August, according to the FBI? Here’s why:

  • The most common ways burglars enter homes are through the front door, garage or first level windows; all of which tend to be left open most often in July and August due to the warm temperature.
  • More people choose these months to take vacations.
  • It’s hot. And, many people leave car windows down. Thieves can easily access garage door openers to easily enter the home. They’ll also steal things left in your automobile.
  • People are posting more about their away-from-home activities on social media. Don’t announce when you won’t be home!

People can still enjoy a summer vacation without worrying about their home’s security, especially with Nest!

Jackson Systems has the Nest products to keep homes, families, and valuables safe when your customers are away. Check out our indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi cameras, Nest Secure alarm system, Nest door and window sensors and other home automation products:

To order, call 888-652-9663.



ZoneESP: The Comfort Solution You’ve Been Waiting For!

Open Concept First Floors. Second Story Bedrooms. Finished Basements. Wall to Wall Windows. Bonus Rooms Over the Garage. Grand Foyers with Staircases That Seem to Disappear into the Sky…

Houses that don’t have specially designed spaces like these — with the heating and cooling challenges that accompanying them — are almost non-existent anymore. However, they’re still being equipped with traditional HVAC equipment “thinking”:  one system; one thermostat…lots of ductwork. For homes built like this, traditional equipment alone is never going to provide the kind of comfort these homeowners will want. Homes designed like these must be “zoned!”

Zoning systems provide comfort and control of each unique area in the home. Zoning doesn’t rely on one thermostat to control the temperature of the entire home. Each zone has its own temperature control so that the amount of heating and cooling required to satisfy each area is what is supplied. Motorized dampers (one for each zone) and a central control panel installed at the inside unit are also parts used in a zoning system. Static pressure is constantly monitored by the probes included in out kits.

Jackson Systems offers the iO HVAC Systems product line of zoning to now mitigate comfort issues created by unique layout and home designs. Our zoning solutions provide easier installation and more control … 1: because our zoning systems do not require a bypass, and 2: because we have engineering resources to help with every step of the installation. It’s like we are “virtually” there with how-to videos and support via app for an immediate Facetime connection with an engineer at Jackson Systems. Speak face-to-face or show our engineer your wiring challenge via camera app.  Learn more about our Virtual Technician App here:

Zoning is the only way to create comfort and supply the proper amounts of conditioned air to various areas of the home, especially those with unique layouts. iO HVAC zoning systems are the best in the industry for these challenges and are supported by a 10 year warranty. For more information on 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-…up to 12 zone systems with ESP (to eliminate the install of bypass dampers), visit

For an estimate on a zoning system by iO HVAC, call Jackson Systems at 888-652-9663.