Improving Your Garage Experience with a Smart Opener
Have you ever left for work or gone to bed only to wonder if you closed the garage door? Having to turn around or get out of bed can be quite an inconvenience. Besides, forgetting to close the garage door, you can let in uninvited, not so polite visitors who are always counting on such mistakes.
If you make your garage is smart, you can close and open it from anywhere in the world.
You can issue temporary access, monitor movement in your driveway and so much more. And that’s what we will be talking about today.
What Does A Smart Garage Look Like?
As part of a modern evolutionary house, the garage currently combines several essential characteristics.
It is above all synonymous with enhanced safety and security. Second, a smart garage means convenience, whether it’s parking your valuable toys or opening and closing the door for access purposes.
Automatic Garage Doors
The evolution of garage door technology means that the smart garage opener will soon be able to do much more than just open and close the garage door for us. In fact, you no longer have to lift a finger to open or close the garage.
Smart garage door openers with voice control and connected applications allow you to open the door by giving a voice command, without even having to press the button on the remote control.
Smart garage door sensors ensure your garage door opens and closes at the right time, whether you’ve programmed it, controlled it remotely, or waited right outside the door in your car.
Garage Door Apps
There is an app for pretty much anything, and the garage door is no exception. Various garage door and garage door opener companies have come up with smart openers that you can link to your smart devices and control/monitor them from a distance.
Perhaps the most popular and successful smart garage door app is the MyQ app from LiftMaster.
MyQ – Smart Home
Everything under control – anytime. The MyQ Smart Home solution guarantees even more comfort, quality of life and security.
MyQ garage door opener technology allows you to monitor, open and close your garage door by smartphone, tablet or PC from anywhere in the world. On request, for example, you will also receive a message about each movement of the garage door. In this way, you always have the peace of mind that everything is in order in your house regardless of your location.
The MyQ starter kit and the free MyQ app, available for iOS and Android, can be installed and launched in just a few steps.
Garage Door Security
The garage contains what is for many of us, one of our most precious possessions: our car. Safety is, therefore, a fundamental aspect of fitting out a garage.
Security cameras now allow you to control everything remotely. The two-way audio transmission function allows you to communicate with any potential intruder and the night vision allows you to control everything when it is dark in and around your garage.
For instance, the LiftMaster garage door openers, combined with the smart MyQ offer some of the most advanced garage door security features in the industry.
- Security + 2.0: Keep your garage access safe by sending a new code to your garage door opener with each click.
- Automatic garage door lock: The deadbolt automatically locks the garage door each time it closes, making it virtually impenetrable.
- Posilock: Integrated into the garage door opener, it protects electronically against forced openings.
- Timer-to-Close: Schedule your garage door to close after a period of time. This particularly useful if you often forget to lock your door on your way to work.
- Motion detection: Turns on the garage door opener lights when there is movement in the garage.
Smart Garage Camera
If you already have a door opener and just want to add a camera, companies like LiftMaster offers the Smart Garage Camera, a standalone camera with a magnetic base and a 140-degree wide-angle view. Attach the camera to the bottom of your existing door opener and you’re good to go.
The smart garage camera is visible in the MyQ app mentioned above, where you can also control your garage door and view live feeds. You will receive alerts and recordings in 1080p HD when motion is detected in normal light or night vision. If you want to speak to the person in your camera feed, there is an integrated two-way conversation with adjustable volume and the option to turn the sound on or off.
Being able to get in and out of your garage can be essential during power outages. Backup battery in garage door openers works when you need them. You can rely on your backup battery during evacuations, emergencies and power outages.
Housed in the garage door opener, the battery will usually last one to two years, depending on usage and with proper care of the battery.When the battery status LED indicates that it needs to be replaced, it only takes a few minutes to do so easily.
The garage door opener is getting smarter every year –in fact, many homes now have integrated smart garages to the entire smart home ecosystem.
The Good news is you don’t have to go full-blown at once. You can integrate one smart convenience/security garage door feature at a time based on your needs and preferences.