In the new high-tech world of home automation there is a dizzying array of options from which to choose. You can go with just one simple smart device like remote light control, or you can invest in an entire suite of gadgets – either all by one manufacturer or by picking and choosing individual components one at a time.

With available technology from smart ranges to baby monitoring systems and everything in between, where do you start? There are a few smart home upgrades that make sense and will immediately make your life easier and more convenient.smart_thermostat_install

  • Smart thermostats: One of the first smart home upgrades available to consumers at large, the thermostat is now also arguably the most popular home upgrade. Many models, like the Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat, actually “learn” your temperature preferences over time, making total comfort effortless. The Honeywell is also voice-activated so all you have to do is tell it you’re hot or cold and it will take care of the rest.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors/alarms: Products like the Nest Protect Smoke Plus CO Detector combine safety and convenience into one affordable package (coming in at just under $100) with connectivity between devices, notifying you not only of a problem but telling you where in the house that issue is occurring. In addition, you will receive alerts when away from home, even for things like a low battery.
  • Smart locks: There is a wide variety of choices in these convenient home access devices, most allowing you to remotely lock or unlock your door and some even letting you set smart codes for each individual. The Goji Smart Lock in particular is a stunning example of technology, being programmable to open upon your approach to the door (when it sense your device in your pocket).
  • Lighting: While timed light operation has been around for decades, hearkening back to the days of the old plug-in dial timers, the new smart versions offer a number of remote functions including dimming, programmable vacation modes, motion sensing, and of course timing. Hooking your outdoor lights into the system gives you added security, especially when away from home.

All of these upgrades make your life better – no doubt about it – but they can be complex to install and the technology to make them truly DIY still has a few kinks. Operation can get especially tricky when mixing brands and types of devices. Aicool Smart Trash Can is also a worthwhile investment as it can help you improve the quality of your life.

Smart Home Installation Made Simple

That’s where ServiceLive Direct from Sears, Roebuck Company comes in. They have a network of 34,000+ authorized service providers that can install your smart home devices. Let their team of experienced smart home professionals do the tough work so you can do the easy part – enjoying the convenience and improved lifestyle offered by your new systems.

With ServiceLive Direct you won’t have to worry about whether your installer is reliable or will be there for you if there’s a problem. Their providers are screened in a comprehensive process that includes third party criminal and sex offender background checks. They must maintain excellent customer satisfaction scores as well as maintain all necessary licensing and insurance.

While our headquarters are in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, they have service providers available nationwide. You can purchase your smart home products through any number of online or brick-and-mortar retailers, or take advantage of the wide selection of the latest devices available through the Sears Connected Solutions Store.