It seems like every home appliance these days can be smart, meaning it’s connected to wi-fi and is often controlled wirelessly via a smartphone app—and garage doors are no different.
This post will cover your two options to get a smarter garage door.
What are the benefits of a garage door upgrade?
Before we get into the two ways you can get a smarter garage door, we should cover why you need to do it in the first place. Here are a few reasons to consider making an upgrade:
- Control from anywhere: There’s no need to worry about whether or not you left the garage door open. When you have a smart door, you can close it with a touch of a button on your phone from anywhere with a wi-fi connection.
- Activity log and notifications: If you need to keep an eye on who’s coming and going from the house, you can do so with your smart garage. It keeps an activity log each time the door opens and closes, and you can even turn on notifications to let you know when someone’s at your house.
- Home automation: Depending on the type of smart opener you have, you can have the door trigger other wi-fi-enabled devices in your home. For example, opening your door can trigger your smart lights to turn on inside your house.
Option one: Replace the opener
The first option for a smarter garage door is to replace your current opener with a new model. Many of today’s openers have a built-in wi-fi connection and proprietary smartphone apps that connect to the opener. All you need to do to open or close your door is pull out your phone and touch a button—there’s no longer a need to fumble around with a clunky garage door opener.
Plus, when you upgrade to a brand-new garage door opener, you won’t have to worry about it failing any time soon or the high cost of repairs.
Option two: Make your current door smart
If you’re on a budget but still want a smart garage door, you can do it yourself in under 10 minutes. There are products out there like the Garadget or Nexx Garage that aim a laser at a reflective patch on the door to determine if it’s open or closed. These devices mimic your current garage door button and are controlled via a smartphone app.
All you need to do is plug the device into an outlet and follow the instructions on setting it up. You get all the same benefits of a smart garage door without the added cost of the opener or paying for professional installation.
Talk to Action Door Service today
Whether you’d like to invest in a smart opener or you need help connecting your smart garage door device, call our pros at Action Door Service. With three decades of experience and free estimates, we’re the most trusted team in town when you need a garage door upgrade. Reach out to us today to get your free quote.