Meet Mark Tartaglia, Joseph S Groh Foundation’s Latest Recipient

Mark’s Story:

In the fall of 2002, eighteen-year-old Mark Tartaglia a college freshman at Vermont Technical College was pursuing a degree in construction management. He looked forward to the upcoming winter break and spending time with friends and family.

On December 30, Mark decided to go snowmobiling with friends. He was severely injured in a snowmobile accident.

He was rushed to the hospital and they found he had sustained a complete T4 spinal cord injury with multiple bones including his scapula, collarbone and several ribs. His aorta was punctured by a piece of bone fragment. He would be confined to a wheelchair.

Despite his injuries, he was determined to continue on the path of school he had started. He went on to complete his degree in construction management. Upon his graduation, he went to work for a steel fabricator in East Hartford, CT as an estimator. Mark has since gone in to controls engineering specifying Alerton controls systems.

Mark prides himself on working for a living and not receiving assistance for his disability, but as you can imagine, with his condition and medical bills, money can be tight.

Mark and his wife live in a rural part of Connecticut. Like many of the homes in the areas, theirs is smaller with a master bedroom located on the second floor. They’ve made the living room their bedroom to accommodate Mark’s limitations, but now they want to adopt a child and using the upstairs space will become increasingly necessary. That is what led Mark to research grants available to him and his family.

It is with our supporters, that we are proud to say that we have provided Mark and his family with a stair chair lift through our Foundation. This is why we exist. After the lift was installed, Mark said, “thank you soooo much for selecting me for this grant! The stair lift was installed today. They did a great job and I’m completely satisfied with the lift and installation. Thank you again; it is greatly appreciated.”

These are the stories that has inspired Jackson Systems to support this incredible organization, Joseph Groh Foundation. If you are so inspired, visit http://josephgrohfoundation.org/ to see how you can help, too!

Jackson Systems Support Southport High School Robotics Team 1529

Jackson Systems is a proud sponsor of the CyberCards Robotics Team 1529 from Southport High School, Indianapolis, IN.
 
Today, the team showed off their skills at their Robot Reveal & Fundraising Event! The event, “Poultry & Pasta for Parts” helps pay for the costs of robot parts as the team prepares for annual competition(s).
 
The mission of Team 1529 is “to create self-confident leaders who are college or career ready.” And, their vision statement is “to inspire students from grades K-12 to become STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) leaders in their community by engaging them in a mentor-based program where students establish and apply the employability skills needed to prove that he/she is college or career ready.”
 
To learn more about Team 1529 and the robotics program at Southport High School, visit www.southportrobotics.org. To donate or become a sponsor, visit http://www.southportrobotics.org/sponsors.

See Jackson Systems at These Upcoming March Trade Events

March 2 –Southwestern Regional Association of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) 68th Annual Educational Conference and Tradeshow

El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205

For more details, visit https://www.rses.org/events/68thrsesswraannualconference.aspx

 

March 4-6 – National Comfort Institute (NCI) Home  & HVAC Performance Summit “Blaze Your Trail to High Performance”

Austin, TX 78752

For more details, visit https://gotosummit.com/

 

March 8 – Nexstar’s Leadership Spotlight Meeting, Booth #38

Huntington Beach, CA

For more details, visit http://nexstarnetwork.com/what-we-do/events/leadership-spotlight/

 

March 8 – ACCO/PHCC Ohio Expo, Booth# 77

Hilton at Polaris, Columbus, OH 43240

For more details, visit http://ohioconvention-phccacco.org/

 

March 18-20 – AireServ Franchise Homecoming

Waco Convention Center, Waco, TX

For more details, visit https://franchise.dwyergroup.com/

Foobot Beats All Others for Effectiveness of Monitoring and Controlling Indoor Air in Laboratory Testing

Recently, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presented the results of their 2017 study on consumer monitors for residential sources of pollution. The Berkeley’s research team tested seven different monitors and ranked them according to their accuracy and reliability for PM2.5 readings. (PM2.5 readings are often included in air quality reports from environmental authorities and companies. Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when levels in air are high.PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated.)

Guess which one came out on top? Foobot, Indoor Air Quality Monitor! Foobot ranked more effective than all other out there.

Foobot, distributed by Jackson Systems, is a connected monitor with sensors that constantly measures pollution in your indoor air and takes control of your HVAC devices to clean the air when needed. Foobot’s Smart Home Sensors trigger action from the ventilation, filtration, purification and humidification controls to help you find the best solution for your air quality. https://jacksonsystems.com/products/foobot-indoor-air-quality-monitor-works-alexa-nest-ecobee-lux-ifttt.html

Let’s Talk About Indoor Air

Indoor air quality is a complex problem. Indoor air can be up to 8 times more polluted than outdoor air and when you spend as much as 90% of your time indoors, this can be unhealthy and dangerous for some.

Air pollution arises from many different sources and has traditionally been difficult to track and manage. The good news: Foobot is here as a solution to help homeowners maintain healthier air in their homes.

Here how Foobot helps:

  • Foobot helps you remediate mold
  • Foobot helps you reduce allergies, skin rash and dry eyes
  • Foobot helps reduce dust
  • Foobot helps clean the air of pet dander
  • Works with Amazon Echo, Nest, ecobee, Honeywell and IFTTT

Humans take in 17,000-23,000 breaths every day, according to the EPA. Why not breath in the cleanest air possible with Foobot. For more information on Foobot for your customers, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/products/foobot-indoor-air-quality-monitor-works-alexa-nest-ecobee-lux-ifttt.html

To order Foobot and provide the clean indoor air solutions to your customers, call 888-652-9663.

SELLING HVAC WEBINAR: Pure Motive Pricing – The Science of Offering Choices

Jackson Systems has teamed up with America’s Service Coach to bring you a four part webinar selling series. Join this free webinar led by Joe Crisara, America’s Service Coach & CEO of www.jobi.pro
 
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Pure Motive Pricing – The Science of Offering Choices
 
When: Thursday, March 1st at 5:30 Eastern time
What will be covered:
• The evolution of service contracting pricing
• The science of how consumers choose
• Linear vs Branch thinkers
• Rules to creating premium, mid-range & economy choices
HOW IT WORKS: 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
 
Be on the lookout for more information on the final webinar in this series!
 
Part 4: March 15, 2018 – Close The Deal – Eliminating Buyer Resistance

Braeburn Thermostats: The Economical Choice

For a basic thermostat, Braeburns are a great option. Braeburn thermostats are a contractor favorite when they need something easy for customers to operate. Temperature limits can be set and the two-step setpoint limiting process ensures that they will stay in effect. This makes them a great option for rental properties, apartments and/or hotels to help control energy usage and costs.

Braeburn’s wide range of thermostats from the simple mechanical controls to touchscreen models:

  • The 1000 series models are non-programmable thermostats for conventional and heat pump systems that can be powered by batteries or hardwired into the HVAC. Features include large display, adjustable temperature limit and permanent memory retains settings. This is the least expensive thermostat series by Braeburn.
  • The 2000 series are basic programmable single stage models for controlling simple furnace/AC systems. With adjustable temperature limits, filter check reminders, compressor short cycle protection and adaptive recovery, these economically-priced thermostat are perfect for the value-conscious customer who wants a little more from their thermostats.
  • The 5200 series models can be used for modern two stage heating and cooling systems. They have a large bright blue backlit display, making them easy to read, even in the dark. These thermostats retain user settings and have an adjustable recovery mode. Keypad lockout prevents accidental changes. The unit meets Energy Aware® and California Title 24 standards for energy use.
  • The 6400 model is a universal touchscreen model for 7-day or 5/2 day programmable for up to 4H/2C conventional and heat pump systems. Other features include:
    • Auxiliary heat fossil fuel option
    • Programmable fan operation
    • Temporary override limits
    • Separate residential and commercial modes
    • Built in economizer control
    • Auto or manual changeover
    • Humidification and dehumidification control
    • SpeedBar® multi-function button
    • Adjustable temperature limits
    • Indoor (5390) and outdoor (5490) remote sensing
  • Finally, the 7320 BlueLink control is a premium thermostat with optional Wi-Fi control via smartphone, tablet or PC using the free BlueLink Smart Connect Application. Compatible with Braeburn wired remote sensors and our Share-A-Wire™ module for easy installation. A Common “C” wire is required.

All Braeburn thermostats are backed by their 5-year warranty. And, all Braeburn thermostats can be imprinted with your logo and phone number when purchased at 6 or more quantity. For more on this valuable service, exclusively from Jackson Systems, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/imprinting.html.

For a look at our comprehensive offering fo Braeburn thermostats, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/category/braeburn.html. To order, call 888-652-9663.

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