What is a smart garage door? How do i get one?
As in any other industry, the garage doors world is ever changing and new trends are updating so it’s a good idea to share some of our insights about the subject. Colors, materials and custom designs are not a new thing as they really took off in 2018.
Smart garage doors on the other hand is the latest and most significant change in garage doors we’ve seen for a while. Controlling your garage door with Wi-Fi and voice activated assistants such as Google’s Alexa and Apple’s HomeKit.
Having a GPS system connected to your garage door so it will open automatically when your arrive home. And even, connect your garage door to Amazon’s Key feature so your packages will wait for you inside your garage.
Yes, it is indeed a new world out there… let’s make some sense into it.
Connecting the garage door to a Wi-Fi system is the first thing people tend to do with their garage door. It allows you to control your garage door from anywhere via your smartphone.
This also allow you to check your garage door status anytime. This is a must! How many times have you turn back to check if you didn’t leave your garage door open. All you need for this is a Wi-Fi signal from your home.
Other ways to connect to your garage door
Although Wi-Fi is the recommended method to connect to your garage door, there are other solutions. One method is Bluetooth, which can detect your car approaching your garage from 20m.
It does not allow you to check on your garage door remotely. This may be the easiest way to setup a smart garage door but it’s not our first choice.
What to look for when buying a smart garage door opener
Needless to mention, in order for your garage door to be smart, you need a motor to open and close the garage door. If you already have one, than all you need is smart unit to connect to your motor.
The most popular are Chamberlain MyQ system and NEXX GARAGE. Both allow you to fully control your garage door including Geofancing – The system that detects your car arriving or leaving home and open or closing the door accordingly.
Some systems can even show you on your calendar when the garage door was opened and by whom. These systems also connect to your voice assistance like Alexa or Google home though some may require a monthly fee.
If you currently don’t have a motor for opening and closing your garage door you can buy a motor with built in Wi-Fi connectivity such as the Smart Garage Door Opener by Chamberlain.
Smart also means Safe
Another important benefit is the ability to connect security cameras to your garage door system.
These can detect record and even stream live footage when your garage door is being used.
Whichever way you choose, upgrading your garage door and give it smart capabilities is a thing now and the prices are keep getting lower.
Ranging from 50$ to 500$ and more gives a perfect solution to anyone and although all of these items are available online it is highly recommended to have a professional do this job for you.