Smart Home 101

The future has finally arrived. Locking the door remotely after leaving for a vacation when you realize you forgot to do so used to seem like a pipe dream but now that’s only one of a multitude of functions you can control right from your phone.

According to Berg Insight – a market research firm – 28% of North American homes will be “smart homes” by 2019. This could mean an automated thermostat, security cameras, integrated whole-house audio, or any combination of the dozens of different computerized functions.

What Is a Smart Home?

A smart home is any house that utilizes technology – normally a smartphone or other Internet-connected device – to control things like the lights, door locks, temperature, and music, even when you’re not at home. Imagine being able just to open an app to check if you’ve left the oven on after you’ve left the house to do errands. That ability is a reality today.

The evolution of this amazing technology has spawned a new term (as tends to happen in this ultra-connected social media world we live in) – “The Internet of Things”. The word “things” refers to everything under the sun being connected to the internet – our lights, appliances, garage doors, audio, even sprinkler systems. Thanks to automated smart technology we are now not just the Internet generation, we’re The Internet of Things generation.

A New Era

Gone are the days of missing packages (just have a video chat with the delivery man when you get notification of the doorbell ringing) or worrying that the kids are throwing a wild party while you’re on your cruise (Security cameras accessible from your phone will likely deter any mischievous activity). If you can think of it, you can probably control it via The Internet.

The most popular smart home devices? Not surprisingly, audio (accessing your playlist from anywhere in the house is certainly universally appealing), security systems, smart lights, and network cameras. Individual components such as these accounted for nearly 60% of smart home sales in North America and Europe for 2014 and outsold whole-house systems by a ratio of 6:1.

There are a plethora of home automation options available today, and a few stand out above the rest. Belkin’s WeMo series has received CNET’s endorsement as one of the best smart home devices of 2015. With WeMo’s flexible home automation system, anything with a plug can be conveniently operated from your phone or tablet. CNET also recognized Nest as the best smart thermostat.

Where to Begin?

While DIY home automation is a growing industry, it still isn’t as plug-n-play as it could be. So where do you turn when you’re not sure how to get everything installed and running smoothly? ServiceLive, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings, can connect you with authorized installers and service providers who can get your smart home system set up and ready for you to easily operate. With ServiceLive, you can either provide your own devices or purchase home automation products through the Sears Connected Solutions Store.

With ServiceLive, you can have complete confidence in your home automation install because we screen all of our providers through a comprehensive process that includes a criminal background check and sex offender registry screening. Also, our service providers must maintain a high level of customer satisfaction and possess all the necessary licenses and insurance to operate in their state. While we are headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, our extensive network of experts spans the entire United States.

Bring your home into the 21st century by having our ServiceLive professionals install devices that make your life easier and more secure through state-of-the-art home automation.


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