2017 brought the contractor many innovations and upgrades in controls especially in zoning, Wi-Fi thermostats, home automation and specialty controls. Here’s some of our top picks for 2017 based on our own experiences, sales, and feedback from our customers:
iO’s zone control systems, with built in ESP static pressure control, eliminate the need for a bypass damper. iO’s zoning is the most contractor-friendly zoning available today! Zone ESP systems are available in many panel configurations and operate all sizes of motorized dampers for residential and commercial applications.
The iO-ZP6 with ESP is a 6 zone, two-position forced air zone control panel that can be expanded to as many as 12 zones. The panel can be used with single-stage, multi-stage, heat pump or dual fuel equipment with up to 4 stages of heating and 2 stages of cooling. This panel also comes with built-in Zone ESP, eliminating the need for a bypass damper.
While not new, they still remain a contractor favorite. Why? Because we offer the widest selection of motorized dampers that are compatible with the Carrier Infinity®, Bryant Evolution®, Trane® ComfortLink II™ and American Standard AccuLink® zone control systems and they’re in stock…always! Order today; ships today…that’s our goal.
This newest model of ecobee Wi-Fi thermostat provides built-in Amazon Alexa voice service so you can ask your smart thermostat to set a timer, read the news, even set the temperature using your voice. It also comes with one wireless room sensor. Users can control the room temperature and settings from the thermostat or anywhere the wireless sensor may be placed with an Android, or iOS device, including Apple Watch. (You can actually add a total of 32 for averaging for individual sensor control.)
JD Power gave the Sensi Touch a ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction’ award with smart thermostats and so do we! The high-definition color touchscreen display features easy-to-read temperatures and intuitive menus. Smart alerts notify homeowners of extreme temperature or humidity levels. Compatible with smart home platforms Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Wink. Free logo/phone number imprinting is available on the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector exclusively from Jackson Systems.
The Nest E offers a friendlier, streamlined design that fits into any home. Instead of a bold design piece for your wall, the Nest Thermostat E and its frosted display quietly blend in. This new display diffuses the light from the screen, so you see softly glowing text and graphics – along with a simplified interface – that are easy to read. And when it’s off, the frosted display takes on a glacier-gray color and fades into the background. Like the original Nest Learning Thermostat, it turns itself down when you’re away, so homeowners don’t waste energy heating or cooling an empty home, and knows when to turn itself back up when your come home. Control it from anywhere with the Nest app.
PC Mag gives the Lux KONO a 4 out 5 rating and so do we! The Lux KONO is smart, sophisticated and full of design details with the contractor in mind: like push terminals, an easy knob interface and a Pro-installed five year standard warranty. With the customer in mind, the Lux Kono offers the best at-a-distance display. Works alone or sync with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
Honeywell has released the Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera to further expand the ability to monitor and automate a home from afar. Pair with the Lyric app to access live streaming for recorded events that will alert when something is seen or analyzed like a smoke/CO detector going off or even a baby crying, giving peace of mind to homeowners. The Lyric C2 integrates with GoogleHome and are HomeKit. Also pretty great is the easy to install, lower cost Lyric C1 Indoor Camera.
For TIME magazine’s annual ranked list of the ‘best inventions of the year’, they evaluate thousands of newly released products from all around the world. This year, the new Nest Secure made the list…and we agree that it’s something special! With the Nest Secure, doors can be unlocked by waving a key fob at it instead of using a key or typing a pass code. Smart features have been programmed into the fob so that they will work within certain time frames on some days and not on others. For example, if a babysitter or dog walker needs access to the home for the time they work there, say Monday through Friday 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Nest Secure can be programmed to allow their access for those limited hours. Nest Tag key fob and Nest Detect window and door sensor makes your access to coming and going easier, but makes it difficult for intruders to gain entry.
The Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector keeps your customers connected to the water heater or other vulnerable home systems to help protect against leaks and water damage. The easily installed, connected device alerts homeowners to water leaks before they become costly problems. Use with Lyric app for immediate notifications on smart devices. Free logo/phone number imprinting is available on the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector exclusively from Jackson Systems.
Improvement to indoor air quality (IAQ) is increasingly in demand by home and building owners, challenging HVAC professionals to provide solutions. Meet Footbot, the Indoor Air Quality Monitor. Footbot is been designed to work with the heating and cooling system to improve indoor air. It monitors the air in a home and communicates to the HVAC system’s air cleaner or dehumidifier to clean it when it detects combustible gases, CO, VOCs or allergen-triggering particles. When Foobot senses a danger, the app responds by sending you a message with the data in red. Quality air readings are in blue. This way, you can immediately distinguish whether or not there is a problem that needs attention. Foobot works with Alexa, Nest, Ecobee, Lux and IFTTT to provide automatic reactions to bad air readings.
Missing or broken wires? The iO Wireless Relay Kit is a contractor-friendly, quick, and easy solution for those HVAC projects where you need to wirelessly control some home systems. The Wireless Relay Kit can control or monitor heating and/or cooling equipment, condensing units, fan and pumps, lighting or other industrial equipment. The iO Wireless Relay Kit can energize a relay up to 100′ (depending on the construction of the building). And, a limitless number of Wireless Relay Kits can be installed in the same building. The base module has 3 transmitting channels and 1 receiving channel. The satellite module has 3 receiving channels and 1 transmitting channel. Each transceiver module uses a redundant transmission protocol for fail-safe protection.
Energy costs are second only to payroll as the leading costs to most businesses. As a result, they’ve been challenged to find ways to improve their energy efficiency and achieve costs savings while maintaining comfort and uninterrupted, smooth operations. Web Comfort is that solution! Web Comfort manages schedules, alerts and demand response across multiple premises. Its software communicates via the Web Comfort Energy Manager to lighting controllers, motion sensors, thermostats, fans, meters and plugs using a secure wireless communications network. Web Comfort’s Portfolio Manager is a hosted software solution for managing the temperature, lighting and energy consumption of multi-site facilities…controlled by the internet. The Web Comfort Energy Manager constantly receives input to make adjustments to lighting, HVAC, fans, networked PCs and plug devices in real time…minimizing energy waste.
The iO Titan is a programmable, universal, low-cost touchscreen thermostat. High operating temperature makes it ideal for hot yoga rooms. The Titan can be battery powered or hardwired which makes it ideally suited for use in residential and light commercial application. FREE IMPRINTING of logo and phone number is included.
Honeywell’s T4 series Pro Thermostats are setting the new standard for simple! The T4 Pro non-connected thermostat features on-screen menus that are familiar to the installer. The T4 Pro replaces 8 legacy FocusPRO® & PRO Series thermostats. When your customer is ready to upgrade, the non Wi-Fi connected T4 Pro can easily be replaced with a Lyric Wi-Fi thermostat because the mounting system is the same for both versions. Includes flexible programming options and filter change reminders. Free logo/phone number imprinting is available on T4s…only from Jackson Systems!
The APC Duct Mounted Smoke and CO Monitor detects harmful levels of smoke and/or CO and shuts down air handling systems, preventing further spread of danger and alerting building maintenance of the problem. APC’s patented CO sensor is pre-set to trigger shut down at concentrations deemed hazardous by OSHA and NFPA. The kit includes the detector, our brand new FAST Tube Sectional Sampling Tubes and a MSR-50CO Remote Accessory programmed with temporal 4 sound and LED strobe, as well as all mounting hardware.
FilterFetch, Furnace Filter Delivery Program for Contractors
Our Final “Best Of 2017” has to be FilterFetch!
While not introduced in 2017, the program grew tremendously with 800+ contractors signing up to become dealers. “If our contractor and OEM clients need something special or unique, we have the team in place that can provide it,” says Tom Jackson. “FilterFetch enables contractors to sell filters without having to physically inventory them.” Filter Fetch is a web-based app that enables contractors to sell filters. The filters are then delivered directly to the homeowner. This year, we added an app to help technicians easily sign customers up for the service and manage filter product selections, deliveries, orders and renewals.
Jackson Systems strives to provide the most innovative, contractor-friendly products at all times…but, 2017 really brought it! With the growing trend of IoT (Internet of Things) in our industry, we are really looking forward to supplying even more great products in the coming year.
Happy New Year and thank you for your continued interest in our products and services.
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