As technology advances, so does the number of new or improved smart devices that hit the market each year. 2015 was no different, and it’s been a banner year for advancements in looks, functionality, and price point.
5 of The Best Smart Home Devices of 2015
Ecobee3 Thermostat: From its modernized, sleek touchscreen to its multiple room monitors that allow you to bring that notorious cold room in the house up to a reasonable temperature, the Ecobee3 is not only attractive, reasonably affordable (under $250), it is also deliciously feature-packed for its class. Bonus, this device is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit.
Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion: CNET’s choice for Best Home Automation Entry Point of 2015, the WeMo allows plug-n-play control of virtually anything in your home that has a plug. The optional motion sensor (which brings the price from $49 to $79) has programmable sensitivity levels.
Nest Learning Thermostat: Google’s Nest is another thermostat with features to spare. While the brushed aluminum and shiny, minimalist, puck-shaped design are attractive enough to entice most smart home connoisseurs, it’s the “learning” part that’s a real draw. The thermostat learns your temperature preferences by observing patterns of adjustment, and then uses those to program itself, saving you the trouble of doing so yourself. Compatibility with other Nest products like Nest Protect and Nest Cam make this beauty even more alluring.
Kwikset Kevo Lock: It’s difficult to overstate the convenience and overall fabulousness of this lock. While some smart locks require you to open an app to operate the “keyless” feature, the Kevo allows you to just touch the lock to open it, as long as your smartphone is on your person. Not only that but you can send “eKeys” to other people, allowing them to have the same super quick, convenient access without a key ever having to change hands or be hidden under a rock by the door. This deadbolt lock can also be opened with the included fob, and perhaps most astonishing of all can be rekeyed by you, the owner.
Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Everything you never thought possible from a fire alarm is now reality. Nest Protect has sensors that detect both slow and fast burning fires, a steam check function so that your shower doesn’t set it off, and best of all the devices communicate with each other and alert you to exactly where in the house the problem is located. On top of all that, the device will send your phone a notification for low battery, plus you can turn it off through the app if your burned popcorn is all that set it off. When you see the pathway light that illuminates your walk through the dark, you’ll wonder if the Protect can cook your dinner and take out the trash too.
The Best Installation
Now that you know the must-haves of the year in smart home automation, you’ll want highly qualified professionals to install them and get everything running smoothly. ServiceLive Direct, a DBA of Sears, Roebuck and Company, connects you with expert installers who will set up your equipment, whether you’ve purchased it yourself from any retailer, or bought through the Sears Connected Solutions Store.
You can have total confidence letting us set up your installation through one of our 34,000+ skilled providers nationwide. We’ve done the background checks for you, which means all you need to do is sit back and enjoy your newly automated home. Contact SLD today to schedule your smart device installation.