This post is sponsored by Chapman Row
With the lights out and the house quiet thanks to sleeping kids, I pulled my down comforter over me and snuggled down into my nest of flannel sheets. I finally started to relax after a long day only to wonder if I had locked our back door for the night. As I trudged downstairs to check our doors, I thought of my visit to Chapman Row feeling a little envious of new homeowners who could say “Alexa, good night” to secure their home from bed in seconds thanks to HomeSmart® automation technology.
Chapman Row is a brand-new community located just steps from the Twinbrook Metro in the City of Rockville, Maryland that offers brand new, move-in ready spaces, perfect for creating a lifetime of memories inside and out. Chapman Row has numerous features new homeowners will love including a community feel, convenient access to the area’s shopping and more, and HomeSmart® technology that provides comfort, security, and all the WiFi connectivity you need.
Smart home devices can change the way you live by reducing energy costs, improving home security, and giving you more control of your home but for those who don’t feel so tech savvy or lack the time to DIY their own smart home system, it’s nice that Chapman Row townhomes automatically include HomeSmart®. HomeSmart® includes the smart home devices and white-glove service provided by Amazon employees who are tech experts.
Amazon tech experts are available for up to 90 days after move-in which means you don’t have to be tech savvy to enjoy this benefit of Chapman Row home ownership. They’ll help you customize Amazon technology, like Echo devices and products that work with Alexa, to fit your wants and needs. They’re also available to get you fully set up and answer any questions you may have about your new state-of-the-art home technology and automation features.
As a new homeowner, you’ll certainly want to set up routines like ‘Alexa, good morning’ to ask Alexa to adjust lighting and temperature, play music, and more to start your day but here’s a look at five other ways HomeSmart® tech and automation features harness the power of Internet-connected devices to elevate your Chapman Row homeowner experience.
How HomeSmart® Tech and Automation Features Make Chapman Row Homes Smarter
Power Down for the Night
Even though I used the example of saying “Alexa, goodnight” to ensure doors are locked, a simple voice command can trigger a collection rules to activate your smart home products as you turn in for the night. Take a look at how you can use simple voice commands to activate HomeSmart® tech and automation features your Tech expert creates.
I love how you can create a single command such as “Alexa, goodnight” to turn off the lights, close the blinds, adjust the thermostat, and also ensure your doors are locked.
Energy Efficient Comfort
When we’re heading home from a weekend of skiing or leaving the airport back from summer vacation, we open our smart thermostat app before we walk in the door to check the temperature of our home and adjust it accordingly.
Chapman Row residents don’t even have to open an app to adjust the temperature when you walk in the door. Simply say, “Alexa, set Family Room temperature to 68 degrees” and she’ll adjust the temperature accordingly. The convenience of adjusting your thermostat with voice commands can also save you money over time.
Keep an Eye on the Door
It never fails that our doorbell rings when I’m doing dishes. Even though we have a smart doorbell, I have to rinse my hands in order to tap on the push notification to activate the video system connected to our doorbell to see who is at our door and to speak to them.
HomeSmart® can install a Ring Video Doorbell Pro to work with Alexa so instead of rinsing off your soapy hands at the sink, you simply say, “Alexa, show me the front door” to pull up the video feed on your tablet. If it’s a delivery person, you’ll know to grab your package from the door when the dishes are done or if it’s a neighbor, you can let them in with a touch after you rinse your hands. After you’ve dried your hands, you can use your tablet to open the Schlage Sense app to unlock the front door to let them in. More on how to control the locks with just a touch below!
Control the Locks with a Touch
“Do you have any cardboard boxes?” our neighbor texted, hoping to raid our cardboard stash for her son’s skee ball project. The perfect box had just arrived and was sitting in our front hall but we were away for the weekend.
Had we lived at Chapman Row, I could have let my neighbor in remotely to grab the box thanks to the Schlage Sense App. Through the app, I could have tapped to unlock our door long enough for her to come in and grab the box before securing our home again.
Set Your Own Rules
HomeSmart® features give you the comfort, security and WiFi connectivity you need to control many of your home’s features with just a swipe of your smartphone or spoken command. Every family is different so the ability to customize your home’s security is important. Below are just some of the rules that your Amazon tech expert can create for you.
In addition to voice commands, you can also use apps such as the My Q app that allows homeowners to control their garage door with a tap. Since every Chapman Row home includes a garage, the My Q app can be used to open or close the garage door, check to see if it’s closed, receive alerts when the door opens or closes, and schedule times for the garage door to close automatically.
Your HomeSmart® package is activated and supported by Amazon and includes Amazon Echo devices and HomeSmart® products designed to work together with Alexa to create seamless living.
Here’s a look at the HomeSmart® suite of state-of-the-art home technology and automation features offered with your Chapman Row home:
- Echo, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Dot, or Fire TV Cube
- Home activation appointment with an Amazon Expert and Amazon activation support
- Eero Home WiFi System – a premium offering of eero and two beacons that provides fast and reliable wireless internet coverage
- Leviton or Lutron Smart Switches
- Honeywell Lyric 2 Smart Thermostat or Ecobee Smart Thermostat
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro
- Samsung SmartThings Smart Hub or Wink Smart Hub (available in select markets)
- LiftMaster or Genie WiFi Garage Door Opener (smartphone/app enabled, available in select markets)
- Schlage or Kwikset Smart Door Lock (available in select markets)
- Rain Bird Smart Irrigation WiFi Controller (available in select markets)
- Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Recirculation Pump (available in select markets)
HomeSmart® is part of Winchester Homes’ commitment to environmentally responsible building through LivingSmart®. To see the HomeSmart® suite of state-of-the-art home technology and automation features in person, visit Chapman Row.
For a photo gallery of pictures of one of the model homes, view my Chapman Row Flickr photo album and read my post, 6 Features to Look for When Buying a New Home and Why You’ll Love Chapman Row.
This post was written as part of a sponsored post series with Chapman Row. Although I received compensation for participating in this campaign, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Some images courtesy of Chapman Row.