A garage door is an essential component of most modern homes. It offers protection for your vehicles, tools, and other valuables, while also providing easy access to your home.
With advances in technology, traditional garage door openers are being replaced by smart garage door openers. These advanced systems come with a range of benefits that can make your life easier and more convenient.
In this article, we will explore the various advantages of a smart garage door opener from increased security and accessibility to advanced features such as remote access and voice control.
- What is a Smart Garage Door Opener?
- Eleven Benefits of a Smart Garage Door Opener
- #1. Never again leave your garage door open all night
- #2. Check on your garage door with out getting out of bed
- #3. Never lose your garage remote again
- #4. Never again leave the remote in your vehicle
- #5. No need to put a pin pad outside the garage door
- #6. Keep your deliveries safe
- #7. Keep track of who comes and goes
- #8. Open and close your garage door from anywhere
- #9. Give a guest access to your garage door
- #10. Add your garage door to an Alexa scene
- #11. Have your garage door open automatically when you come home
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But before we get into the details, what is a smart garage door opener?
What is a Smart Garage Door Opener?
With a standard garage door, you can open it with a remote. But you have to be in range, usually within about 70 metres.
But a smart garage door is connected to your WiFi. That means you can open and close it from your smartphone, from literally anywhere.
Not only that, you can set up a routine so that it automatically closes every evening at a set time. You can also give access to your garage door to family members.
With a smart garage door you can use Amazon Key Delivery – have your parcels left inside your garage and not on your porch.
Let’s look at the benefits of a smart garage door opener in more detail:
Eleven Benefits of a Smart Garage Door Opener
Here are the key benefits of a smart garage door opener.
#1. Never again leave your garage door open all night
Have you ever left your garage door open all night? I have and it was horrifying to think what could have happened!
Well with a smart garage door opener that will never happen again.
Most smart garage door openers come with an evening reminder to close your garage door. And some models, such as the Meross smart garage door opener, even have an alert that warns you when your garage door has been open for longer than a certain number of minutes.
#2. Check on your garage door with out getting out of bed
One of the key benefits of a smart garage door opener is that you can quickly see if your garage door is open or closed.
You’ll never have to get out of bed to go and check if your garage door is open. Just look at your smartphone and you’ll instantly see whether it is open or shut. And if it’s open, a voice command to Alexa, and your garage door is safely closed for the night.
#3. Never lose your garage remote again
Your garage remote is easy to lose.
But with a smart garage door opener, your smartphone is your garage door remote. So you’ll never lose it again.
#4. Never again leave the remote in your vehicle
Do you keep your garage door remote in your car? And do you sometimes leave your car outside the house? If so, that’s a security risk. All someone needs to do is break the window of your car, grab your remote and they now have access to your house through the garage door.
But with a smart garage door opener, this will never happen again because your smartphone is your remote.
#5. No need to put a pin pad outside the garage door
Let’s say you want your kids to have access to the garage when there’s no one at home. The solution is to mount a pin pad outside the garage door.
But with a smart garage door opener, you don’t need to do that. You can open the garage door for your kids right from your office, or the shopping mall, or wherever you happened to be.
#6. Keep your deliveries safe
Porch piracy is a growing problem in America. Value Penguin reports that 43% of people in America have had a package stolen from their porch.
But with Amazon Key, you connect your smart garage door opener to the Amazon app. This allows Amazon delivery drivers to safely place your packages inside your garage, car, gate, or home.
Giving a delivery driver access to your garage might seem a bit risky. But it’s quite safe because the driver is never given your garage door code – the Amazon app automatically opens your garage door when the van is within a certain number of meters of your house.
And once the driver delivers your package, they have to close your garage door – they can’t move on to the next delivery until the door is locked again.
#7. Keep track of who comes and goes
Most smart garage door openers keep an activity log that shows who opened the garage door and when. For example, the myQ app shows the history of the last 100 open/closes of the garage door.
This is another layer of security that helps protect your home.
#8. Open and close your garage door from anywhere
With a standard garage door opener, you have to be within range of the garage door (usually 50 to 100 meters) to open it or close it. But with a smart garage door, you can pen it or close it from anywhere in the world.
Image this scenario: you get a call from your teenager saying she’s outside the house: she’s lost her keys and can’t get in. With an old-school garage door, you’d have to leave work, drive home, and let your daughter in. But with a smart garage door, you can open the garage without leaving work and then close it again.
Or imagine this scenario: you get a call at work from a neighbor who says you have left your garage door open. With a standard remote, you would have to drive home and close the garage door. But with a smart garage door, you can simply close it while still at work.
#9. Give a guest access to your garage door
Another advantage of a smart garage door is that you can give temporary access to your garage to guests.
Let’s say you have a housekeeper, a pet sitter, a nanny, or even just a guest. With a smart garage door opener, you can give them access to your house without giving them your extra key or the access code to your garage.
#10. Add your garage door to an Alexa scene
This is another of the benefits of a smart garage door opener – you can add the garage door to an Alexa ‘scene’ or a Google ‘routine’.
An Alexa scene is a bunch of different actions that all get taken care of with one voice command.
You might have a scene that runs like this:
- Turn on my porch light (LIFX or Hue or any other smart light switch options)
- Close my lounge blinds (a few options for hardware here. Like mySmartBlinds)
- Set lounge light to 50% (Philips Hue connected to Abode Hub, not Philips Hub)
- Turn on bedroom lamp, set brightness to 50%, set color to Candlelight
- Lock pet door
With a smart garage door, you can add ‘close garage door’ to the scene. That way, if you accidentally left the garage door open, it will automatically close every evening.
With an Alexa scene like this, you will never again leave your garage door open all night.
#11. Have your garage door open automatically when you come home
With a smart garage door, you can program your door to automatically open when your car comes within a certain distance of your house. How cool is that!
And don’t worry – your garage door is not going to open every time you move your car around. The app will only reset to ‘automatically open door’ mode once your vehicle has moved more than 2500 yards from your house.
As you can see, there are many benefits to having a smart garage door opener.
Whether it’s opening your garage door from work to let your teenager into the house, preventing your deliveries from being stolen, or having the garage door open automatically as you approach the house, a smart garage door can make your life easier and make your home more secure.