CHESTERTOWN - Ellen and Greg Schaefer of Chestertown can now monitor the state of their second home in the Adirondacks from anywhere in the world. Their housEvolve system maintains the temperature of their home and alerts them to any power failures, dangerous moisture levels or temperature drops.
After the pipes froze in their home several years ago, many gallons of water were released and ruined the flooring and furniture in much of the house. Since the Schaefers only visit the Adirondacks on select weekends and vacations, they were desperate to find a system that could alert them to problems while they are away.
"We need a better mousetrap," Ellen said at the time to her daughter and son-in-law Christine and Anderson Micu.
Christine is a teacher and grew up as a full-time resident of the Adirondacks. Anderson hails from Romania and immigrated to the US when he was 18. He went on to receive a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York.
With more than 10 years of experience developing electronic systems, Anderson created a solution product for his in-laws. In the three years since, he has quit his job and devoted his time as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FREEVOLVE LLC. His original design is now called housEvolve and is a communication system between a home and its owner through a personal telephone.
"All homeowners worry about their property being left unoccupied. housEvolve is designed to keep them informed and in control - from anywhere in the world," said Anderson.
Once installed, housEvolve has the ability to monitor temperature levels as well as garage door status. It alerts homeowners to temperature changes, power failures, the presence of water and has the ability to shut off water valves and secure entrances to the home.
"It is so nice to be able to monitor your heat, your water and your doors without being in your house," said Christine.
FREEVOLVE recently partnered with smart home technology distributors SmartHomeUSA and DIYcontrols. housEvolve can now be purchased through these companies.
"We are excited to be partnering with FREEVOLVE to offer the housEvolve line to our customers. housEvolve offers a much needed solution to homeowners who are looking for a reliable, well-made remote home access, alert and management system," said Allan Diamanti, Smart Home Systems, Inc. president.
The Micu's pride themselves on creating a secure system that is easy to use. Once the product is installed, the owner only needs to pick up the phone to answer alerts, change levels or simply check on their home.
FREEVOLVE has also eliminated the need to involve a monitoring agency. To avoid the cost of a middleman, the Micu's designed their product to work directly with the homeowner over the telephone.
housEvolve not only monitors a home 24-hours a day, seven days a week, but is also designed for the simple conveniences of all homeowners. It allows for the adjustment of temperature, so residents can call their house and have it at comfortable temperature for their arrival.
"It is great to warm up our home for ski weekends before we arrive. All second home owners should have a housEvolve system," said Ellen.
The system is also available with whatever configuration of features that the consumer needs, personalizing it to each home.
For more information about FREEVOLVE or to purchase a housEvolve system, visit www.FREEVOLVE.com.