“Both of the spec homes I built in East Hampton include the ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System,” Rosen said, “and I have found it to be a great selling feature, particularly in this busy world for owners with multiple properties. I have two more unique post and beam homes under construction in East Hampton that will feature the ELAN g! System, and I know that potential buyers will love the system, and I bet some people will even expect it. When building a new home today, it would be foolish to not include a complete home control system that puts all the lighting, heating, TVs, home audio, security and irrigation systems right at your fingertips. Having the ultimate in convenience, flexibility and ability to upgrade far outweighs the upfront cost to prewire during construction.”
The two homes Rosen has completed include integration of up to 10 zones of audio, six distinct lighting zones, HVAC for the entire home, a home theater and the security system. One of ELAN g!’s biggest selling points for Rosen is that all of this can be controlled simply and quickly on an iPhone from anywhere in the home, or anywhere in the world.
“These homes are about 5,000 square feet, and today’s buyers simply don’t have time to walk around the home to adjust the heat, air conditioning and lighting every day,” Rosen continued. “They want to be able to set it up before they arrive and shut it all off with one button when they leave. We installed one in-wall touchscreen and an iPad for the kitchen counter, which helped keep the cost of the system low, and then we offer buyers the mobile app for their smartphones. Once they purchase the home they can add more touchscreens, more audio zones, pool and spa controls, irrigation controls, and so much more.”
Rosen worked with a local electronics systems installation company, Distinctive Home Systems, to design the standard package for his homes. An important factor in choosing the ELAN g! System for the spec homes was that it is one of the easiest systems to expand and customize once the home is sold.
According to Jason Lepsis of Distinctive, “I think Rosen is on to something with making the ELAN g! Systems standard rather than trying to sell buyers on it afterwards. People don’t want to just buy a house, they want to buy the home of their dreams, and an entertainment and control system is a relatively inexpensive way to make his homes better than all the others.
“Buyers don’t have to decide if they want it, they don’t have to hear about different systems, they just walk in and start using it. The ELAN system is probably the best one available for spec installs because there’s no learning curve at all. It’s so simple that it won’t scare anyone away, and once they tour the home and start using it, any other home they tour just won’t seem up to snuff.”
Rosen is the latest builder to make the ELAN g! System standard for new homes, following homebuilders in locations as diverse as Canada and Florida. With the home control market expected to nearly double by 2016, more and more homebuyers and homebuilders will begin to expect high-quality, affordable, reliable and easy-to-use home control systems as a value-added part of any new construction.
The ELAN g! Control System provides users with the most uniform and intuitive icon-based control from their favorite devices including TVs, touchscreens, touchpads, PCs, iPhones and iPads. The standardized interface works across platforms, so that the trendy g!Mobile app users love on the iPhone appears and works similarly on ELAN touchscreens, valets and handheld remotes as well as users' televisions and mobile devices. And the system's IP backbone makes it just as easy to control the system from across the room - or across the globe.
Individual "apps" for each subsystem allow the user to control security, climate, lighting, media, irrigation, pool/spa, messaging, video and photos with the flick of a finger. Access is fast and secure through any ELAN home interface or globally with mobile Internet enabled devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Netbooks and PC Tablets. Since the intuitive interface empowers users with personalized scheduling and detailed history views, high consumption subsystems like lighting and climate can be closely monitored and managed for a greener lifestyle - and substantial energy savings.
About ELAN Home Systems:Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use "whole house" solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. ELAN Home Systems is part of The AVC Group. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.