[Updated: August 23, 2018 | Published: August 23, 2018]
Have you ever wished you could ask a question and instantly receive an answer? Or turn lights on from across the room?
Smart home technology makes this possible. The voice-activated equipment answers questions, sends video calls and controls other household smart devices — all without lifting a finger.
We’ve added smart home technology to some of our Riverstone Apartments. By integrating voice activation, smart light switches, smart plugs and smart thermostats, we increased functionality without increasing the cost. Overall, these upgrades add $1,250 in value for one-bedroom apartments and $1,800 for two-bedroom apartments.
Here are some of the capabilities you can expect:
Amazon Echo Devices
Amazon Echo devices are voice-controlled speakers that play music, make calls, answer questions, set timers and more. Through these devices, you can control all other smart home devices. The apartments come with the video-based Echo Show, which allows you to watch videos, see music lyrics, watch security cameras, view photos, check the weather and create visual to-do lists, in addition to the traditional Echo capabilities.
Smart Light Switches
Smart switches can be controlled through voice commands. This means turning lights on is as easy as saying, “Alexa, turn the lights on.” Switches in the kitchen, living room and master bedroom also have a built-in dimmer.
Light switches aren’t the only thing that got smarter. Smart plugs are also integrated throughout the home, so you can tell Alexa to turn on anything that’s plugged in. You can even schedule them to switch on and off whenever you want.
Some of our Riverstone Apartments are also equipped with a smart Ecobee thermostat that allows you to control the temperature of your home with your voice. With a large display screen, the device makes it easy to see the temperature of your home. The Ecobee is associated with a 32 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs and can help heat your home more evenly.
Best of all, the devices can be integrated through your smartphone. This means you can adjust anything — from the temperature of your home to the lights in your living room — anywhere at any time.
Friendship Village of Dublin is located on Riverside Drive, just a short distance from Dublin and Upper Arlington. As the largest continuing care retirement community in central Ohio, we recently expanded our campus to include the Riverstone Apartments, the Flats at Riverpoint and additional community spaces. We’re committed to providing Columbus residents with top-notch amenities and one-of-a-kind retirement living options.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Riverstone Apartments, give us a call at (614) 764-1600 or message us through our contact page!