Features to Look for When Buying a Garage Door Opener
Ever wanted to upgrade your home with a smart garage? Garage door automation gives you advanced capabilities such as opening and closing the door remotely. Most garage controllers today will have the following or similar features to the ones listed below:
Access through mobile app: Many garage door openers come with mobile app access. This allows you to control your garage door from virtually anywhere–whether you’re home or away at work. If you need to let a family member in the house or receive a package, control of your garage door is at your fingertips.
Additional sensors: Some garage door openers will come with an additional sensors for monitoring whenever your door is opened or closed. You can also receive alerts to your smartphone if you leave the door open. Some garage door openers come with vehicle sensors that recognize a specific vehicle and trigger the garage door to open as you approach.
Automatic closing & opening capabilities: You won’t have to turn around to go home and close your garage door or search for your remote when returning home when you have automatic opening and closing capabilities. Some brands have these features for greater convenience beyond remote and smartphone control.
Voice command functionality: Tell Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to open the garage door for you with voice command functionality. This feature offers another way of simplifying the process of opening and closing your garage door. Some brands also include IFTTT (If This Then That) functionality so you can create rules for your garage door controller.
Have your garage door open and close upon your arrival or departure with the Tailwind iQ3 Smart Garage Door Opener. This smart device can detect your vehicle with a sensor and also work with digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and more. Turn on “Night Mode” to ensure your garage door stays shut and secure at night.
Can detect your vehicle (with a vehicle sensor) and will automatically open or close your garage door
Works with digital assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri Shortcuts and more
The MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener is easy to install and will alert you through the MyQ app whenever your garage door opens or closes. With this device you can also create daily schedules and set times for closing your garage door, as well as turning on/off your lights.
Open and close your garage door from anywhere with the MyQ app
Easy to install in just four steps
Works with Nest, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Wink for additional functionality
With the Vivint Garage Door Controller, you won’t have to be concerned about forgetting to close the garage door after leaving home. Have remote access to your home from anywhere with the Vivint Smart Home app.
Connect your Vivint garage door opener with other intrusion protection products and a fully monitored Vivint security system.
Easily accept deliveries by opening your garage door while you’re away
Remotely access and close your garage door with the Vivint Smart Home app
Get alerts on your smartphone if your garage door is left open
The NEXX Garage Remote Compatible Door Opener allows you to easily open and close your garage while you’re away with the NEXX mobile app. You can monitor activity with real-time activity tracking and allow package deliveries by opening and closing the door.
Open and close your garage door from anywhere with the Nexx mobile app
Control your garage door by voice with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
Frontpoint’s Garage Door Controller can be paired with an existing automatic garage door opener so you can open and close your garage door from anywhere with the Frontpoint app. Whenever motion is detected near the Frontpoint Hub, you’ll receive an alert to let you know that something is in the way.
If you have more than one garage door, Gogogate 2 gives you the ability to control up to three garage doors from your smartphone, tablet or PC. If you accidentally leave your garage door open, the device will send alerts, and you can even have Alexa manage your garage door for you.
Remotely access and control your garage door by smartphone, tablet or PC
Get alerts whenever your garage door opens, closes and/or is left open
Control up to three garage doors from a single Gogogate 2 device
The Genie Aladdin Smart Garage Door Opener brings “magic carpet capability” to your smartphone, allowing you to open and close your garage door remotely. You can also set specific times to open and close your garage door so it’s convenient for heading to work and coming home.
Remotely access and monitor your garage door by smartphone
Control up to 3 garage doors with additional door sensors
Schedule specific times for your garage door to close
The meross Smart Garage Door Opener gives you remote access for control by app or voice so you won’t have to sweat forgetting to close your garage door before leaving home. Installation is easy and can be done quickly with adhesive strips for a secure hold.
Remote access by the meross app and voice control through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
A garage door opener allows you to manage access to your garage. Traditional openers operate through a button that you can push on your wall, while more modern openers can be used with an app on your smartphone, tablet or PC. Some controllers allow you to open and close your garage by voice, automation and/or proximity.
Can I get alerts whenever my garage door is opened or closed?
Some brands of garage door openers will allow you to receive notifications to your phone if your garage door is opened or closed. Some devices will even track activity and keep a log of when the door was opened or closed.
Can a garage door opener enhance my safety?
These devices can definitely enhance your safety. With automation features, you can set a schedule for when you want your garage door to open and close. This comes in handy when you’re heading out for work in the mornings and coming home in the evenings. Sensing capabilities also enhance your security through notifications for whenever your garage is left open.
Benefits of Buying a Garage Opener
Don’t fumble with your keys to open your door – with the touch of a button on your smartphone (or by simply driving up to your house) your garage door can be opened for you. If the kids arrive and you’re not there, or you’re expecting a package and want to keep it in a safe place until someone gets home, you can easily open your garage door to let the kids in or delivery-person leave a package.
If you arrive home late after work or practice, your smart garage opener can help you stay safe by allowing you to pull in to your home. This device doesn’t always stop at the point of opening your garage door but could also work with other smart home devices. Some garage door controllers allow you to create rules so your outdoor and indoor lights come on, so your home is well-lit when you arrive home.
Peace of mind
Ever leave your garage door open when you’re in a rush? With a smart garage door opener, you won’t have to worry as most devices will alert you if the door is left open. From there, it’s as simple as the touch of a button on your phone to close the garage door and keep your home safe. With some models you can also set a schedule so your garage door closes at set times, ensuring that your valuables and family members are safe.
Garage door openers bring convenience, safety, and peace of mind to your fingertips. Start here, and build out your very own smart home with other devices like smart lights and smart thermostats.