Should you choose a garage door opener or automation?
Homes, and how we use them, are changing. Everything happens at the touch of the button, so what’s the best way for you to open your garage door?
Garage Door Opener
A garage door opener is a motorised or electric device that is used to open and close your garage door. Traditional garage door openers are controlled by switches inside the garage or by a remote control that you can bring with you or place in your car.
Garage Door Automation
With the increased popularity of smart homes comes garage door automation. Simply put, garage door automation is connecting your garage door opener to your smartphone or tablet. This will allow you to control the door even when you’re not home. These are some of the common features of an automated garage door opener:
1) Control when not at home. When your garage door opener is connected to the internet, you will be able to control the door even when you are not home. You can choose between WiFi or wired products, depending on your internet connection at home.
2) Control when at home. Automated garage door openers that are not connected to the internet will allow you to operate the door when you are within a specific range of distance from your home. This is typically done through Bluetooth connection that will allow your smartphone and garage door to communicate.
3) Alerts and notifications. More advanced garage door openers will alert you in case you leave the door open after you leave the home. You can also set it to give alerts if someone opens the garage door while you are away.
Safety in Garage Door Automation
Garage door automation provides convenience and peace of mind for the home owner. However, because your garage door is the heaviest and largest door in your home, you must be wary of some safety tips.
1) Make sure that the automation does not compromise the built in safety features in your garage door.
2) Buy accessories that are compatible with the garage door opener that you already have.
3) Provide warning for your garage door that its going to close while you are away from home to avoid accidents.
4) Get safety sensors so that the door will only close when there is nothing blocking its way.
5) Do not install single panel doors that swing open.
If you need help with garage door automation, Mediacoms have professional experience to help you out.
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