When it came to putting technology into this New Jersey home’s 10,000 square feet of living space, the homeowners didn’t just want the most skilled installer. They also wanted the most honest. So the owners called upon Petrone Technology Group Inc., even though the Florida-based company is located over 1,200 miles away.
Despite the distance, Petrone was able to outfit this space with a slew of high-tech options, including several displays, a dedicated home theater, Lutron Homeworks QS lighting, Tekmar thermostats, multiple RTI AD-8 distributed audio systems for streaming music from an RTiDock iPod dock, a Sirius tuner, and a whole-home media server. If those perks and the sheer size of the property aren’t impressive enough, it also has 17 zones of radiant heat, five HVAC zones, fingerprint access to the wine cellar and an equipment room, Aprilaire for controlling the temperature and humidity in that same wine cellar, and a remote-controlled fire pit. It’s quite a laundry list, but the owners can easily access all of the systems, since everything is tied into RTI’s XP-8 control processor.
This installation was quite a project—one that many New Jersey-based RTI installers could have handled. However, the homeowners took a real liking to Petrone due to a chance meeting. A while back, the owners were having problems with an audio system, so they called in someone local. “Another company went out there and told them that they needed to swap out the whole system and it was going to be thousands and thousands of dollars,” says Anthony Petrone, founder and CEO of Petrone Technology Group Inc.
However, one of the electricians working on the job said that didn’t seem quite right, and suggested that the homeowners contact Petrone, a company he had worked for in the past. “It was something very simple,” Petrone says. “We charged them for a half-hour of labor and we left.”
Four months later, the same client called Petrone looking for input on something a little larger. Citing his “honest” approach to the sound issue, the couple wanted to get Petrone’s opinion on a local electrician’s technology proposal. Instead of feedback, Petrone offered his own services. Yes, the company is willing to travel, especially for a project like this one.
What started off as a little bit of home control, a couple surround sound systems, and some distributed audio ended up becoming a full-blown automated home. Given the space involved, it makes perfect sense. Plus, Petrone says that he loves a good challenge.
“I don’t like doing the same thing every day. That’s the reason why I got into this industry,” he says. “They allowed us to do some things that aren’t the norm. I do automation every day, but something on this scale… it was nice. I like a challenge.”
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