We are spoiled by technological progress, and some of the activities that in the past could take us a significant amount of time, now only require a few taps on the screens of our smartphones. However, although, at times, we might be over-reliant on technology, it doesn't mean that we should fight tooth and nail not to allow smart devices into our homes. On the contrary - regardless of whether you actually need a garage door opener that would react accordingly if your car is in close proximity, such devices are relatively cheap, which means that you don't need to break the bank in search of convenience.
Before you purchase any of such devices, make sure to check whether they are compatible with your garage door openers. It shouldn't be a problem with most popular brands, such as Chamberlain or Liftmaster, but it's best to have 100% certainty before making any purchases. If your garage door opener is incompatible with the smart devices that have attracted your attention, you could contact garage door service to upgrade your opener to a newer model. Below you will find devices for your garage that could make your day-to-day life easier.
If you are looking for a smart garage door opener that will automatically open the garage door for you once your car is in close-enough proximity, you should consider getting NEXX Garage NXG-100b. You'll be able to get it for less than $100, with some stores selling it for as low as $70. This smart garage door opener is compatible with the Smart Things app, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, which means that you can open your garage by using voice commands or simply by tapping on the Nexx Home app.
At the same time, the app is compatible both with Android and iOS devices and is completely free - there are no hidden fees. You'll also be able to let your friends and family members open the garage door automatically - the access is by no means limited to a single person. Apart from being able to check whether the garage door is closed or opened, NEXX Garage NXG-100b allows you to check whether the garage was opened at a specific point in the past, which might prove invaluable, e.g., in the case of a robbery. Does it have any downsides? Unfortunately, the setup of this smart device isn't the easiest. You'll have to install one sensor on the garage door itself and the second one slightly above it; the one installed above the garage door will require wires. However, we still think that its low price and the fact that it works with Alexa and Google Assistant for free makes it one of the best smart garage door openers on the market.
Though the previous position on our list was relatively inexpensive, Chamberlain MyQ-G0301 is twice as cheap - you can get it for $30, though in most places, its cost will be around $35. This smart garage door opener model is compatible with the Smart Things app, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit, though unfortunately, this device lacks compatibility with Alexa. However, even without this feature, this device is an excellent choice, especially for those who want to cut the costs as much as possible. Thanks to the smart garage HUB, you can connect this device to Wi-Fi and control using the MyQ app, regardless of whether you have Android or iOS on your device. Additionally, what is pretty impressive for a smart garage opener that costs so little is the fact that you can control it with voice commands.
Just like the previous device, Chamberlain MyQ-G0301, it can be controlled by multiple devices so that your family members won't have trouble opening and closing the door remotely as well. Though it's insanely cheap, it's one step ahead of the NEXX Garage model, as there's no need to use wires to connect this device to the garage door opener. The interface is rather straightforward, but at the same time very simple to use, even for people who aren't particularly tech-savvy. It is also worth mentioning that before your garage door starts closing, the device will emit a sound and a visual warning to alert anyone standing in the vicinity of the door. It might not be the best smart garage door opener on the market, but when we factor the price into the equation, it's no wonder why it's so popular.
Although two of the previously mentioned devices on our list will be enough for a majority of customers, Maveo is a recommended option if you would like to keep temperature and humidity in your garage at a specific level. How could this device prove useful in this regard?
Let's say that you have just washed your car. As a result, the humidity levels in your garage will increase, which could lead to mold problems. On the other hand, if you open the garage door, you might forget to close it later, which would make your garage an attractive target for burglars. To deal with this problem, you could purchase a device that would automatically close your garage door once the humidity and temperature levels have reached certain levels.
This way, you wouldn't have to worry about having to remember to close or open the door, as this device would do it without your help. Maveo comes with an adhesive pad, so the installation process is extremely easy. The Maveo app, which is available both for Android and iOS devices, allows you to monitor all the essential data using your smartphone; however, you can use it to open and close the garage door as well.
You are probably used to ordering food using your phone, though your smartphone could help you operate your garage door as well. Although for many of our readers it might seem like a relatively recent piece of technology, it's actually not, which is why nowadays such devices are particularly expensive. If you are lucky, you might find Chamberlain MyQ-G0301 for as cheap as $30, making it an excellent option for those who don't want to spend much money, but at the same time, value convenience.
However, although you could use a smart garage door opener just to open or close the door, Maveo, which is admittedly much more expensive, allows you to track and adjust the humidity and temperature in your garage. We hope that after reading this article you now know how to upgrade your garage without spending a lot of money.