AVAD to Expand National Distribution Network for HVAC Automation Line of Aprilaire

AVAD and Aprilaire Form a Joint Marketing Partnership Giving Custom Installers Ready Access to Aprilaire's Latest Products and Training

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - December 22, 2004 - AVAD LLC, the preeminent distributor of custom home technology products, and Aprilaire, a recognized leader in the indoor air quality industry, announce the formation of a marketing partnership that enables AVAD to distribute the Aprilaire HVAC Automation product line to custom installers.

"Aprilaire is a great fit for our D2B program," said Joe Piccirilli, AVAD's managing director. "Their Communicating Thermostat fits well with our goal to encourage our custom installers to take a more integrative and systemic approach in their projects. What's more, Aprilaire thermostats are excellent quality, and the company is totally committed to providing the most up -to -date training to all our custom installers."

"Aprilaire's relationship with AVAD will allow us reach out to over 9,000 custom installation specialists without adversely impacting our current customer base," said Jon Fischer Home Automation Sales Manager for Aprilaire. "With the tremendous growth potential in customized home automation, we need to position ourselves to reach the right audience of custom installers, and AVAD's D2B program is the right vehicle for us."

About Aprilaire

Aprilaire, the brand of choice for HVAC Automation, provides communicating thermostats and associated hardware necessary to control all aspects of the HVAC system. The company has established the standard for HVAC control in the home automation industry. Compatible with all major systems including AMX, Crestron, Elan, Premise, CorAccess and others. A home is not fully automated without HVAC.

For more information about Aprilaire, visit their website at www.aprilairecontractor.com

About AVAD, LLC.

AVAD, LLC is the most complete home integration solutions provider in the United States. Its in -depth technology offering of the most trusted names and progressive continuing education programs provide all the support necessary to design and implement complete home solutions. AVAD stocks products for home theater, lighting controls, distributed audio/video, central vacuum, and more for just -in -time delivery from each of its 26 locations nationwide. With complete technical training and certification for industry hallmarks like CEDIA's Installer Level I
Certification, AVAD is unparalleled in its commitment to expanding dealers' businesses and profits.

AVAD exemplifies this concept with the Dealer to Builder (D2B) program, which links members of its 9000+ dealer corps with homebuilders across the United States to outfit new homes with in -demand, cutting -edge electronic systems.

Product lines that AVAD distributes and supports include Aprilaire, Atlantic Technology, Belden, Bose, Carlon, ChannelPlus, Coleman Cable, H -P Products/Dirt Devil Central Vacuum Systems, D -Link, Draper, Fujitsu, Harman Kardon, Lutron, Marantz, Middle Atlantic Products, Inc., NetStreams, OnQ Technologies, OpenHouse, Panamax, Panasonic Audio/Video, Panasonic Phones, Peerless, Philips, Polk Audio, ProConnect, ProFlex, Replay TV, RTI, Samsung, ScreenPlay by InFocus, Sharp, SharpVision, Spaun USA, VisionArt, Universal Remote Control, and more.

For more information about AVAD and its services, visit their website at www.avad.com or contact Joe Piccirilli at (954) 484 -3221 or info@avad.com.

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