The garage door is often one of the most used features in the home—yet most homeowners give it absolutely no thought. Few people even inspect their garage doors regularly, which means that they will most likely have to pay for repair once the door fails. But that’s not the only reason you should keep the door of your garage in good condition— the door has a big impact on the convenience, safety, and security of your home. A poorly functioning garage door can make it difficult to park your car, can make it unsafe to walk or drive in and out of the garage, and can leave your home more vulnerable to break ins.
In addition to actually paying attention to the condition of the door, why not focus some of your home improvement efforts on your garage as well? Believe it or not, but there are tons of useful tech gifts and gadgets that you can buy that will make your garage door more convenient, safer, and more secure as well. The following are three such cool gadgets:
1. The Garage Guardian
Have you ever left the garage door open by accident after entering the home or after leaving home in a hurry? This is something that often happens to everyone. Having to double back if you’re already late to close the door can be a real pain—and that’s even if you remember to do so. In some cases, you may not even realize you left the garage door open until you come back. You don’t need to be told how dangerous this can be—it’s an invitation for thieves to break in and steal whatever’s inside your garage—or worse yet, to break into your home via the garage.
The Garage Guardian is the perfect solution to this common problem. You can set it up to close the garage door after a certain amount of time has lapsed. For example, if you set it at five minutes, then it will automatically close the door five minutes after you’ve left home if you’ve forgotten to close the door. This is especially beneficial for those nights you are running late to your Akamai class. It will also provide audible beeps before it begins closing as a safety precaution to anyone nearby. The device is easy to set up and program and shouldn’t take more than half an hour. It’s also quite easy to disable if you want to keep your door open for an extended period of time—you can just use your existing wall button to do so.
2. Open Sesame
Open Sesame is a smartphone app controlled device that allows you to turn any mobile device into a secure, safe garage remote. In order for this smartphone garage door app to work, you need to have the tiny bluetooth box that controls your garage door. All you have to do is pair it with your phone or other smart device, just as you would for other IoT devices. These Open Sesame garage openers each come with a unique passcode, making it one of the most secure smart garage openers on the market. This device will definitely not make you an unwitting victim of cybercrime. If you value your security, but also enjoy convenience, consider buying the Open Sesame garage door opener.
Open-Me is a device that basically turns your garage door into a smart door. It makes use of GPS technology, Wi-Fi, Sonar and Eco-friendly apps. In fact, you can connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network. This impressive gadget can be useful in a number of situations. First of all, because of its GPS capabilities, it can detect when you are on your way home by using the GPS on your smartphone so that it will automatically open the door for you. You’ll also be able to use your smart devices to open the garage door from anywhere. So if you have someone visiting your home that wants to park in your garage—or get into your home via your garage—you can simply open up the garage door from your smartphone, wherever you might be.
MyDoorOpener is a device and app combo designed specifically for the iPhone. It not only allows you to remotely open and close your garage door from anywhere—which is quite useful if someone in your family has forgotten their keys and needs to get in or someone is visiting your home and you aren’t there yet—but it also allows you to monitor your garage door, which means you can check to make sure that it’s closed at any point, whether you wake up in the middle of the night unsure of whether you closed it or if you’re on vacation and you want to double check.
These three different garage door gadgets are well worth investing in. Not only can they make the door of your garage more functional and convenient to use, but they can help to enhance the safety and security of your home. So stop ignoring your garage door and begin treating it like an important part of your home by picking up smart grid gadgets like these today!
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