20 Aug 4 Benefits of a Smart Garage Door Opener
If you’re lucky enough to have a garage at your home, you’ll no doubt appreciate the benefits they bring – they’ll keep your freshly washed car out of the bad weather, they help preserve your car’s paint job for longer (and reduce the likelihood of rust taking hold), and they provide a useful place to store years’ worth of your accumulated odds and ends.
For most people, the only downside is the garage door. If you get home and it’s raining, the last thing you want to do is leave the dry haven of your car and wrestle with a heavy door that’s in desperate need of a good oiling and some routine garage door maintenance.
Don’t worry, though, since installing a smart garage door opener would be a great way to avoid this (and several other) nuisances. Let’s take a look at four ways a smart garage door will simplify your life.
A smart garage door opener will add an extra dimension of security to your home, meaning that your years’ worth of collected odds and ends that you’re storing will be kept safe and sound.
The security dimension actually works on two levels – knowing if your door has been opened when you’re not at home, and constant monitoring of who is coming and going.
The accompanying smartphone app allows authorized users to open the door with a push of a button (which in turn enters the event in a log along with the name of person who did it) and will alert you every time the door is opened or closed (even if the door is opened manually by overriding the electric-powered opener).
The opened/closed alerts can be customized so that they’re only sent at certain times. For example, when you’re at work, or when you’re away on vacation.
Open from Anywhere
Most smart garage door openers will let you open and close the door from anywhere in the world.
It means if you’re not at home and you need to open the door for a large delivery, for a friend to gain access, or because your partner has lost their keys, it’s easy to do so. It also means you don’t need to share temporary access codes with anyone that you don’t want to.
Many smart garage door openers work by connecting a receiver to your existing opener. The installation takes around 20 minutes and can be done without any electrical expertise.
Once you’ve got the hardware set up, you just need to download the opener’s smartphone app, enter your Wi-Fi password, and you’ll be ready to go.
Be honest, how many times have you driven off and left the garage door open? It certainly happens more frequently than we care to admit, either through laziness or forgetfulness. A passing thief would be quick to take advantage.
This problem can be easily overcome by using a smart garage door opener system. Several systems offer automatic closing and opening when they sense your car pulling in our out of the driveway. Just put an accompanying presence sensor in your car, the multi-sensor in your garage to detect movement, and use the Z-Wave outlet to act as a relay control.
By setting this system up, the door will automatically shut every time you leave your garage when you’re in your car, and automatically open again every time you return.
Schedule Opening/Closing Times
If you’re fortunate enough to live in a nice family-friendly neighborhood, you might leave your garage door open from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. This is especially true if you use it as the main entry point to your house or if you have young children who are forever coming and going for their bikes, toys, and sports equipment.
In this case, it would be a massive time-saver and energy-saver to automate the process. For example, at weekends and during school holidays you could schedule it to open at 10am and close at 10pm. You could even benefit during the working week, making the door open for a ten minute period at the time you normally leave the house, and repeating the process for the time when you usually return.
Would You Find a Smart Garage Door Opener Useful?
How useful are these devices in everyday life? For example, it’s unclear what you’d do if your system stopped functioning while your door was open and you were away from home. And what would happen if your system reported that the door was closed when it was actually open? Who would be responsible?
If you’re interested in a smart garage door opener, contact the professionals at Helotes Overhead Garage Doors and let our team help install the perfect system for your home. Our team is here to help you with all your San Antonio garage door needs, and we look forward to speaking with you soon!