I use the Unifi AP-AC-LR as the standard indoor access point in most installations I've done and although it's not the fastest in the Unifi range, I've always had very good results with it on mobile devices.
The controller is only needed to set access points up and you can then turn it off, using it only when you need to make changes to the setup.
One thing you have to consider is the wifi environment. The problems you're having may not be due to poor wif on the ER115 but because there are so many neighbouring access points on the same or adjacent channels causing interference and high channel utilization. A new access point can't change this but take a look with a wi-fi survey app and decide whether channel 1, 6 or 11 looks best for 2.4GHz.
Interference on 2.4GHz is a much bigger issue than on 5GHz which doesn't penetrate walls as well.
What I do at home, where there are numerous neighbouring access points on non-recommended 2.4GHz channels (I can currently see APs on channels 1,3,4,6,8,9,10 & 11), is use 5GHz on a DFS channel above 100 with a maximum transmit power of 25dBm. DFS can be problematic though if you live in an area with a lot of radar activity.
I've got two solid brick walls and an additional layer of plasterboard between where I'm sitting at the moment and the access point and on an iPad Mini 4 I can pull 330Mbps over the wi-fi. It's not a great distance - only about 5-6m but the walls are a significant obstacle.
There's nothing to stop you keeping the ER115 running wi-fi and adding an access point some distance from it to give better coverage. One site I have uses two indoor Unifi APs, two outdoor APs and an Apple Airport Extreme - all running happily together.
What I'd strongly suggest if you're having building work done is to get whichever AP you want to use sooner rather than later and use a long ethernet cable to move it around the house to test for optimum position so that a permanent cable can be put in before all the building work is finished. It may be that running wifi with both the ER115 and a separate AP, a central location won't be the best place to put the AP. Have a think about where exactly you'd like to have the very fastest wifi and work things backwards from that. Run with 5GHz on high power and 2.4GHz on the lowest power that works with things. A lot of IoT devices/televisions/media players only work on 2.4GHz so you may need to experiment a bit.
An in-wall access point would be a good choice too - if you can get ethernet to it. These have the advantage that they're very unobtrusive and have ethernet ports on the bottom that you can hardwire clients into - things like printers or desktops (or even the television). The two standard Unifi in-wall models have two output ethernet ports and the HD model has four.
Good luck and keep us updated with progress.