Guidance on the installation of your smart devices

DIY installation videos, questions to ask an installer, student mentor assistance, installer's directory, installer's specialist training

Do-It-Yourself Installation Videos

Most smart devices can be easily installed by a homeowner with the assistance of straightforward guidance. The following videos provide that guidance for a set of smart devices that can significantly increase your independence and self-reliance. These include: Indoor Air Quality Monitors, Light bulbs, Outlets, Doorbells, Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Thermostats & Digital Personal Assistants.

Indoor Air Quality Monitor - Awair Glow C

Questions to Ask An Installer

In some cases it may be beneficial to hire a professional installer to place a smart device in your home, and especially for those devices that require direct wiring. Most home improvement and heating and ventilation contractors and electricians can install smart devices. We recommend interviewing at least three contractors to get your best price.

  1. What type(s) of smart devices do you install?
  2. What is your past experiences installing these types devices?
  3. Can you provide me with references of your recent work?
  4. What will the installation cost me?
  5. What guarantees and/or warranties are offered on the installation?
  6. What follow-up technical assistance do you provide?
  7. Will you teach me how to use the device(s)?
  8. Have you completed the I-STAR Certified Senior Specialist Training Program?
man installing door lock

Student Mentors Assistance Project

This Illinois pilot project matches older adults and people with disabilities with local students trained to assist with the installation of smart devices, and online enrollment in cost-saving utility smart pricing and energy efficiency programs.

Coming in 2021

The 12-month pilot project is a collaboration between the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the Progress Center for Independent Living and the Illinois Assistive Technology Program. Direct and in-kind support for the Student Mentors Assistance Project is provided by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Google. Homeowner applications for this free assistance service will be available here in January of 2021!

Illinois Smart Device Installer Directory

A statewide directory of electricians, heating and air conditioning and home improvement contractors qualified to install smart devices in your home.

Coming in January 2021

The directory will include companies serving all 102 Illinois counties and will be searchable by zip-code and device type. Company entries in the Directory will include direct contact information, websites and any specialized services for older adults and people with disabilities.

Installers: Register your services in the free Illinois Smart Device Installer Directory!DIRECTORY REGISTRATION FORM

Installer’s Specialist Training

Specialized training for smart device installers seeking to better serve the specific needs and preferences of older adults and people with disabilities.

Coming in 2021

Developed in collaboration with the University of Illinois, this asynchronous online training course will introduce installers to the specific needs and preferences of older adults and people with disabilities that are relevant to the installation of and programming for smart devices. Installers who successfully complete the training course and pass the final exam, receive a certificate and a highlighted listing in the Illinois Smart Device Installer Directory that will also be shared with other organizations and their websites providing services to these consumers.

Installers: Gain a competitive advantage as a Certified Specialist. Click here to learn more!INSTALLER SPECIALIST TRAINING


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