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America’s Recycles Day

November 15th is America’s Recyles Day. But, for Jackson Systems, every day is #AmericaRecyclesDay! We’re a thermostat recycling collection site as part of #ThermostatRecyclingCorporation (TRC), 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.
Read more about the good works of National Recycle Day (Nov. 15) here:



The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself to help save energy–then pays for itself. It can  be controlled from anywhere with the Nest app. With seven different ring colors, there is a model that fits in with any home’s decor. And, it works with the Nest Temperature Sensor to provide the right temperature, right where it’s wanted (sold separately).

Customers love the new Nest Thermostat’s sleek design and its ability to learn and program itself. You’ll love it because you only need to carry one model on your truck. Nest automatically adapts to most HVAC systems and turns on system-specific features.

Only $174 for Nest Pro Contractors. Call 888-652-9663 to order. Sales ends 11/30/2018. Limit: 40


Good to Go!

Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled weeks of the year. In fact, AAA estimates that nearly 45 million people will travel during this holiday. With that, it puts many homes at risk to break-in’s, system failures and other vulnerabilities. So how can you help your customers? Smart home product sales and installation to start!

Smart home Wi-Fi products, including security systems and cameras, learning thermostats, and water leak and CO/smoke detectors are giving homeowners more peace of mind when they must be away from home. Here are some of the smart products that you can provide your customers to better protect themselves from home invasions or potential disasters due to water or fire:

Nest Protect Home Security System & Outdoor Cams

When it comes to home security, the best defense is a good offense. Thanks to smart security systems like the Nest Protect Home Security System, you can continuously monitor your home when away. This security system, combined with outdoor cameras, provides homeowners a comprehensive live stream of their home on any smart device and will alarm and send notifications anytime it detects touch, motion or sound, as they have programmed it to. And, with built-in recording functionality, if something does happen, you’ll have it all on tape.

LeakSmart & Honeywell Water Leak/Freeze Detectors

Unoccupied homes and frozen pipes are a recipe for water disasters. Pipes freeze for a number of reasons: unexpected quick drops in the temperature, thermostats that are set too low, poor insulation, old age, and other unforeseen reasons. Water disasters can cause a huge and costly amount of damage in a home. But, today, many of these disasters are preventable with the Wi-Fi smart water products that are available.

LeakSmart is hands-down the best protection against home water disasters. LeakSmart valves actually shut off water at the main within seconds when a leak is detected. Its smart app monitors the entire situation, sending notifications at the immediate moment of a leak. Sensors placed in vulnerable areas, like the basement, water heater or washing machine, can help detect smaller leaks at the moment they begin so minor repairs can be ordered before they become major problems.

While the Honeywell Leak and Freeze Detector can’t shut off the water, it will notify the homeowner to a potential water disaster via the Honeywell Home smart app. Getting remote notifications allows a homeowner to call for immediate help.

Wi-Fi Smat Thermostats

Nest, ecobee, White-Rodgers, Honeywell all offer great Wi-Fi smart thermostats with awesome away-from-home features. Apps downloaded to smart phones that can remotely control these thermostats give homeowners access to the HVAC while on vacation or at work…or any time they want it. At the app, homeowners can set, change or program the thermostat from any smart device. That unexpected dip in temperature while away that we mentioned above?…it’s no longer a worry when a homeowner can turn up the thermostat to keep the home warmer and protect against frozen pipes. Smart thermostats can even shut off the HVAC system in the event it needs to—Nest does it automatically should CO be detected via the Nest Protect.

Nest Protect CO/Smoke Detector

Nest Protect is the safest CO/Smoke detector available today! Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm looks for smoke, fast-burning fires, and carbon monoxide. It alarms and “speaks up” from all Nest Protects in the house when there’s a problem. It also sends an alert to your smartphone in case you’re not home. But, not just that, if gas is suspected, it tells the Nest Learning Thermostat to shut off the furnace immediately. They work together to provide the most protection possible.


In addition to the smart product mentioned above, there are ways a homeowner can protect themselves while away from home during the holidays. AAA offers this home security checklist for vacationers. While they all don’t apply, there are some really good tips in here that you can advise to your homeowners:


Are your customers good to go? If not, offer these easy-to-install, affordable Wi-Fi smart options. Jackson Systems wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

“Take 5” Minutes to Go Above and Beyond

A cool concept one of our sales representatives learned about while visiting a contracting business this week was a program they call “Take 5.” Take 5, in this contracting business, means that technicians are to take five minutes away from their task at hand to go “above and beyond” before, during or after a call and do something special for the homeowner they aren’t expecting.

An example of a Take 5 would be to carry a shovel on the truck and shovel a pathway from the driveway to the front door. Another example provided was if it is trash day and the bin is still curbside, bring it up from the street. Some techs have helped disconnect hoses if they see that it hasn’t been done yet this late in the season. And, some check the CO/smoke detectors batteries for their Take 5.

Other examples were given, but the one we liked best was that some of these techs are spending five minutes talking to the homeowner about the importance of furnace filter changes and offering them air filter home delivery. Yes, they are suggesting FilterFetch in their Take 5s!

Technicians like FilterFetch because it better serves their customers and they know the filter change reminders and home delivery will help make the systems run smoother and last longer. Homeowners like FilterFetch for the same reasons! Contractors love it for it’s recurring revenue.

To learn more about FilterFetch, we invite you to “Take 5” (minutes) and visit


7 Ways Our Thermostat Wire Beats Any Out There for Highest Quality and Huge Benefits

Jackson Systems now sells premium Honeywell Genesis wiring! When it comes to high-performance, low-voltage cable for your HVAC applications, Jackson Systems has you covered by providing cabling that not only works, but is of the best quality and dependability to provide results you (and your customers) can count on.

Here’s seven reasons why you should buy your thermostat wire from Jackson Systems:

1. Superior construction…strong wire housing
2.  Has great flexibility….run it from point A to point B quite easily
2. Purchases qualify for Honeywell Contractor Pro Points
3. It’s on a spool instead of in a box so it is easier to pull without knotting
4. It has marker numbers printed on the outer jacket indicating the length in feet so you can easily see how much you’ve used on a job…and how much is left on the spool
5. It strips easy because it comes with a pull string
6. It doesn’t stink…odor is pleasant
7. We sell thermostats. Enjoy convenient one-stop shopping for thermostat wire from the same place.

Here’s how you can order: or call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663.

“Stepping Up” Articles of Inspiration from Joseph S. Groh is Now Available

Guest Blog by Joseph S. Groh Foundation

Stepping Up is a collection of witty, poignant and inspirational stories of a physically challenged life.  Authored by Joseph S.Groh, and with contributing articles from three other disabled writers, this book chronicles incredible, informational and just plain funny experiences from the lives of these disabled authors.  Whether comical, infuriating, or just plain incredulous, these stories are based in reality, and offer a offering a compelling window into lives of determination, perseverance and hope.

The book is divided into five sections, including:

  • Part I – Experiences of the Wheelchair Crowd
  • Part II – Experiences with the Medical Community
  • Part III – Information about the Disability Community
  • Part IV – Experiences You Have to Read to Believe
  • Part V – Experiences to Reflect on

100% of the proceeds from this book benefit the Joseph Groh foundation, and will be used to provide financial assistance to those from the construction trades industry who are now living with life altering disabilities.  You can order your copy today for only $20 by following the link pasted below.

Happy Reading!

Thanks for your interest in our foundation,

Joseph S. Groh

Honeywell Helps HVAC Contractors Expand Into Light Commercial Sales and Service

Have you always wanted to expand by servicing commercial accounts? Honeywell can tell you you how!

Light Commercial Applications
November 8, 2018 • 6:00pm (EST)

Honeywell’s RedLink platform can take the easy jump from residential to light commercial. Learn what’s new with RedLink and open the door to commercial jobs you previously could not bid.

To register, click here:

This class will be NATE Certified (1 CE credit)

Indiana HVAC Association Industry Training & Networking Expo 2018

Jackson Systems is proud to promote the Indiana HVAC Association Industry Training & Networking Expo

November 1, 2018 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Primo Banquet & Conference Center
2615 National Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Don’t miss an opportunity to connect with contractors and HVAC students while checking out new products from industry manufacturers. Keynote speaker David Helmer from Service Nation, Inc. will discuss “Relentless Recruiting” — learn how to build a recruiting pipeline, attract the kind of employees you want and keep them with you for years.

4:00pm: Registration and Vendor Booths Open
4:30pm: Welcome, Brian Schutt – President of the Indiana HVAC Association
4:35pm: Legal Update, Faegre Baker Daniels
5:00pm: Energy Efficiency, John Gibbons, Bryant
5:15pm: CTE (career technical education) Law Discussion, Emily Savings – Executive Vice President of HARDI
6:00pm: Relentless Recruiting, David Heimer, Service Roundtable Chief Operating Officer
7:00pm: Vendor Expo and Networking
8:00pm: Event ends

For more information or to register, visit

BREAKING: Honeywell Announces They Will Stop Making PRO 3000 & 4000s and FocusPRO® 5000 & 6000s

The following models of PRO and FocusPRO thermostat models (shown here) have reached the “End of Life,” according to Honeywell. Honeywell is going to be transitioning to the replacement T-series models starting as soon as Q4 2018.
In the chart, you will find functional and Wi-Fi replacements for the Honeywell thermostats that are being discontinued.
For more information on the T-Series replacement products, please visit:
For any additional questions, please reach out to your Jackson Systems Sales Representative by calling 888-652-9663.
*Common wire is required

Groh Foundation Donations Helps a Paralyzed Female Electrician

When you give to Groh Foundation, you are making a life changing donation to a fellow contractor in desperate need. This is because Groh Foundation scholarship recipients have suffered life-altering injuries or accidents and no longer have the ability to go back to their way of life as a plumber, HVAC contractor, remodeler, electrician or other tradesman or tradeswoman.

Here is one of so many of the people Groh has helped — or will help — with a donation, like the one Jackson Systems made at Service World Expo last week. Joseph S. Groh writes,

“On behalf of everyone at the Foundation, I want to thank you for your donation last week at Service World Expo. Your ongoing support helps us assist people like the young woman from Dallas we recently encountered. She was an electrician who wired low voltage systems for HVAC before e an auto accident rendered her a quadriplegic. Because of that, she literally has to take a shower outside (of her home) because they are in need of a bathroom remodel – which they will soon have thanks to donations such as yours. Thanks you!”

Jackson Systems sees our contribution as an honor, not a donation. It is an honor to serve the contractors who have served us as technicians in our own homes, employees, relatives, and/or friends in the industry.

A bathroom remodel is something we all have done to improve our homes. Can you imagine how something like that will benefit this young lady? It will be life-changing for her in improving the quality of her life. What we take for granted, these recipients value so much more. A small gift that supports the needs of contractors like this one is why Groh does what they do.

You, too, can donate to the Groh Foundation and help a contractor in need. To learn how, visit

Your Most Important Fall Preventive Maintenance Check: The CO/Smoke Detectors

The cold weather reminds us it’s time to contact our customers to schedule fall maintenance on their HVAC systems to best prepare the home for winter. You can be sure the heating system will be tested during these cold months.

The most important task to be performed during fall preventive maintenance is to make sure your customer has a safely working heating system and that includes the CO and Smoke Detectors.

Do Your Check the CO and Smoke Detectors on Your Maintenance Calls? You Should!

SAFETY FIRST and ALWAYS! Fall maintenance is the time to check and change the batteries in customer’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Show you really care by making sure they have working CO and smoke detectors on EVERY LEVEL of your home. If they don’t, install one!

Jackson Systems offers the most reliable CO and smoke detectors available—for residential and commercial applications. And, imprinting is available on certain models so you can leave your good impression with them. Offer these to your homeowners to ensure their safety and peace of mind during those cold winter months when they are most at risk. View our offering here:

One Series of Thermostat; Many Great Options

The Honeywell T Series is a portfolio of non-connected, programmable and Wi-Fi connected thermostats. The Honeywell T-series thermostats check every box for contractors for ease of installation and affordability. And, homeowners love that there is a model to meet their everyday comfort desire. But, sometimes today’s desires change to tomorrow’s needs. The T-Series says “No problem! We’ve designed our mounting kit to make upgrading to another model seamless and easy!” All T-series thermostats are backed with Jackson Systems Virtual Assistance for installation and troubleshooting technical support and the Honeywell 5-year warranty.

Honeywell T1 Pro non-programmable thermostat

The T1 Pro is a simple, non-progammable thermostat is for for 24 Vac systems, single stage heat and cool systems or single stage heat pumps without aux heat. Does not have Wi-Fi or programmable options.

Honeywell T4 Pro Programmable Thermostat

The T4 programmable thermostats sets the standard for simple! Available in two options: for stages up to 1 Heat/1 Cool Heat Pumps or 1 Heat/1 Cool Conventional Systems.

Honeywell T6 Pro Programmable Thermostat

This T6 models offer push button programmability for options including:

  • ·       1H/1C or 2H/1C Heat Pump
  • ·       2H/2C or 2H/1C Heat Pump
  • ·       3H/2C Heat Pump or 2H/2C
Honeywell Lyric T6 Pro Wi-Fi Thermostat

The Honeywell Lyric T6 Pro Wi-Fi thermostats offer all that is needed in this world of connectivity and convenience including:

  • Wi-Fi touchscreen programmable
  • C-wire only
  • Optional wired indoor/outdoor sensors
  • Control from anywhere with the Lyric app
  • Geofencing, 7-day, 5-2, 5-1-1 or non-programmable

All of the T-series thermostats offer FREE logo and phone imprinting (directly on the thermostats or on a back plate, depending on the model), exclusively from Jackson Systems. “We’ve been purchasing logo imprinted thermostats from Jackson Systems for almost two decades. They carry all name brands, quick turnaround, great support, and they stand behind their products. I would recommend Jackson for all your thermostat and control orders,” say Greg McAfee, McAfee Heating and Air, Dayton, Ohio.





To help reduce power consumption for tasked energy grids, government agencies and power companies often offer incentives. These are usually seen in the form of instant rebates and/or tax incentives for the use of higher SEER-higher efficiency equipment, programmable thermostats or smart thermostats, and other energy efficient measures like insulating or air duct sealing. Sometimes, these rebates can total more than $1,000 per new system. While it depends on your location or utility company, the service and/or the type of system or equipment purchased, this is something your customers NEED TO KNOW!

Educating customers on the rebates available in your area can serve you well and help you close more system sales. But, not just that, doing so means you’ve done your part as a contractor to help protect our precious energy resources.

Check with your local government and utility company and let your customers know how they can do their part and SAVE MONEY! #consumereducation #energyefficiency #utilitysavings

Jackson Systems is Your Smart Homes Partner

Smart Homes offer your customers more security, comfort, efficiency and sell-ability! Are you offering smart home automation to your homeowners? If not, give them that option and we will help!
Jackson Systems can help with products, trainings, and support! Visit for our comprehensive product offering in smart home automation.
Visit for our on-demand trainings in smart home automation.
And, learn about our support via Virtual Tech for all the products we sell, including installation and connectivity for smart home products, here:
We want to be the contractor’s smart home products’ partner! Call us at 888-652-9663 to learn more.

Fall 2018 Training Season is Here!

You can join any of our training classes free via live streaming.
We will send reminders and webinar log in information as each class date approaches:

Flame Rectification
Presented by White-Rodgers
September 27th • 6:00pm (EST) ASK FOR IT ON-DEMAND!

Presented by ecobee
October 11th • 6:00pm (EST)

LeakSmart SNAP
Presented by LeakSmart
October 25th • 6:00pm (EST)

And, more! Visit to register or see more of our free training sessions.