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Phil Jeffers, 56, HVACR Software Guru  


EXTON, Pa. — The HVACR and Home Performance industries lost a legend when software guru Phil Jeffers unexpectedly passed away July 26. He was 56.

Jeffers received a Bachelor of Applied Science & Systems Engineering degree from Moore School of Electrical Engineering and began his career out of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 70s creating and selling equipment sizing and energy audit calculators to contractors for Thermal Data Systems, which later evolved into Energy Design Systems, Inc. (EDS). 

Through EDS, Phil collaborated with Elite Software to develop, sell and teach their software tools. In the 1980s, Phil began bringing together contractors, manufacturers, builders and utilities to successfully increase high efficiency equipment sales through the use of software, sales training and incentives.  

Phil delved into the Home Performance industry in 2008 with the development of his own proprietary equipment sizing and home performance software tools called Gizmo, Sprocket, Auditor (aka Designstar) and lead-generating website applications. His tools are used daily by thousands of HVACR and Home Performance contractors as well as several manufacturers and utilities. 

Phil would help anyone with just a call, email or text. From the moment of introduction, Phil made sure you knew you became a lifelong member of what his friends called the Friends of Phil (the FoP). Phil helped more people find new careers with his connections than most recruiters ever did.  His impact on the industry is indelible and his contributions will be greatly missed.”

Phil is survived by his wife Linda Jeffers (nee Irvin); sons, Michael, Scott and Cameron; mother, Evelyn Jeffers; father, Lawrence Jeffers; brother, Kenneth (Patty); sisters, Deanna McPeak (Joseph) and Barbara Steenman (Daryl).

Friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Wayne United Methodist Church, 210 S. Wayne Ave., Wayne PA 19087. Family Visitation at 10 A.M., Service at 11 A.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Main Line Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 1521, Southeastern PA 19399.