Whether you’re in the house, at the office, or on a beach somewhere – monitoring and operating the garage door has never been possible. Thanks to modern technology, you can do this directly from your smartphone with a smart garage door opener. Real-time alerts if the door is left open or it’s operated by someone other than you are also possible. You may even be able to set custom opening and closing schedules. App features do differ from one brand to another though. A strong internet connection – one that reaches the garage – is required to ensure the opener works properly.
You have a few options when it comes to choosing a smart garage door opener. It just depends on whether you want to replace your existing one or just upgrade with an add-on accessory. MyQ from LiftMaster allows complete control of the garage door without requiring you to purchase a whole new opener. Not all openers, however, are compatible with these controllers.
Your other option is to replace the garage door opener. In certain situations, this may make the most sense. There are a variety of smart openers to choose from, including chain-drive and belt-drive. While chain-drive openers are the most affordable, they are quite loud, and not recommended in homes with sleeping quarters directly above the garage. Belt-drive openers offer the quietest operation.
Getting started is relatively easy. Once the opener or connector has been installed and you’ve downloaded the corresponding app, it should walk you through the steps to add the opener to your home Wi-Fi. Instructions for using it should also be included in the app. You can also ask your local garage door repair professional to show you how to set it up as well as how to use it.
Total Home Automation
Complete smart-technology openers and connectors are compatible with other smart home devices and home automation platforms. This includes Apple Homekit, Google Home, Nest, and IFTTT. Full compatibility can allow you to adjust the temperature, turn lights on and off, and view live video feed. Subscription fees may apply depending on the manufacturer and their partners. Some newer vehicle systems are compatible with smart garage door openers as well.