15-Year Warranty Structured wiring company On-Q Home and specialty cable maker Belden CDT Electronics now offer a joint marketing program in which the two companies will provide a 15-year warranty. Builders, take note: The typical warranty for structured wiring and cable products is one year, so this is a major step forward. Avi Rosenthal, program manager for On-Q Home, says the main thing builders and home buyers worry about is what happens when the technology breaks down. Rosenthal says certified On-Q and Belden dealers will make the repairs and be reimbursed by the vendors. The 15-year warranty program went into effect in the early spring. For more information, visit www.onqhome.com.
Elan's Touch Elan Home Systems has a new color LCD control panel that lets homeowners control whole-house audio/video systems, lighting, security, and HVAC. The new model lets home buyers step up from keypads at an affordable price. The 4-inch touch panel costs $850. For more information, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.