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, Doorbells, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Thermostats and Home Assistant Devices. We introduce this guidance with two short videos on the independent living benefits of smart devices and services and smart utility pricing programs.

Introduction to Smart Devices & Services

NEST Thermostat E - Introduction

NEST Thermostat E - Installation

NEST Thermostat E - Application

Smart Utility Pricing Programs

Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug

Ring Video Doorbell

Indoor Air Quality Monitor - Awair Glow C

Wyze Smart Bulb

Roost Battery

Google Home Mini

Questions to Ask An Installer

In some cases, it may be beneficial to hire a professional to install your smart devices, and especially those that require direct wiring. Most electricians, home improvement and heating-ventilation and air-conditioning contractors can install smart devices. To ensure that you hire the right contractor for the job, and at the right price, we recommend interviewing at least three in your area. During your interviews, we recommend that you ask the following questions

  1. What type(s) of smart devices do you install and how long have you been in the installation buisness?
  2. Does your installation service include device set-up and user operating guidance?
  3. What is the cost of your installation service and what types of payment do you accept?
  4. What guarantees and/or warranties do you offer on the installation?
  5. Have you completed any accessibility training for device set-up assistance to seniors or persons with disabilities?
  6. Can you provide me with three references?
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Smart Technology Mentors Program

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.

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Coming Spring 2023

The 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 project is provided by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, Ameren Illinois and Google. Homeowner applications for this free assistance service will be available here in Spring 2023.

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 Summer 2023

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.

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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.

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Coming Spring 2023

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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