We love smart home technology and the new layers of convenience and security they afford us.
When it comes to garages, smart tech brings unexpected improvements that feel instantly and definitely welcome.
First of all, what does smart technology bring to the age-old game of garage door openers? The answer is a surprisingly long list.
With normal garage door openers, we were finally released from the tyranny of manual garage doors. No more getting out of the car and hauling up a heavy, loud door just to put the car away and then do it over again in reverse.
Smart technology brings a similar revelation in convenience and safety.
These devices generally allow for wireless connectivity as a major feature, allowing you to monitor and control access to your garage from anywhere an internet connection can be found. This means that your garage safety and security is only as far as your smartphone and only as difficult as a swipe or tap.
Whether directly connected to the internet or piggybacking on your home wireless network, these devices allow for a new layer of analysis and control, letting you specify exactly who can access the garage and when they can access.
Even better, you can receive real-time alerts when the door is stuck, or has been accessed at an unexpected time. You’ll never be left wondering about the garage while on vacation, and you’ll always be able to let the kids in, should they come home while you’re still working.
The point is, with smart home technology, your standard garage becomes a smart, secure, and connected place that can be controlled as easily as anything on your smartphone.
1. Insteon Garage Door Control and Status Kit
Add peace of mind to your smart garage checklist with this kit, which includes magnetic contacts to indicate the open/closed status of your garage door. You can remotely open or close the door from anywhere, as the device supplies you with updated monitoring over the Insteon network. With a smartphone and an internet connection, you’ll be able to know your home is safe and even open the door for any needed visitors.
2. Chamberlain MyQ-Garage
Here’s another innovative way to control your garage door opener with your smartphone. Along with the device itself, you get a free app that allows you to control and monitor your garage door remotely, via any smartphone or tablet. You’ll receive alerts if and when the door opens or closes, giving you a heads up on any situation at home. It works with almost every major brand garage door opener made after 1993.