An option available to current and new garage door owners alike is a smartphone app that allows you to use your smartphone in place of a separate garage door opener remote. If you are about to install a new door, you may want to look into getting this option. Take a look at both the pros and cons to see if this newer entry in the world of smartphone applications would work for you and your home.
A major advantage is that you don't have to worry if you've lost your door remote. The app allows your smartphone to function as a backup, so you can still get into the garage without having to park outside, get out, go inside the house to open the door, and so on. That's important in areas that get very cold or snowy in winter.
If you have an option to get a model of garage door opener that uses only the smartphone and has no extra remote, think carefully. If you lose your smartphone in that case, you end up in the same place you would be in if you lost your garage remote and didn't have the app as a backup. So getting a model where you still have a separate remote opener may be best.
With the smartphone app, you can open and close the garage door from much farther away than you would with a regular remote. If you forget to close the door and remember once you're at work, you don't have to go home again to close the door -- just use the app. If you're expecting guests or a maintenance worker, you can open the door for them from another location, too.
Some smartphone apps have a video option that lets you see what's happening in your garage. If you have the ability to record the video, you can use it as a security camera if someone gets inside.
Must Ensure Protection on Your Phone
The downside, of course, is that you must take extra steps to ensure your phone is safe, both in terms of not losing it and in terms of making it very difficult for someone to break your passcode. If they find the garage door app and find out where you live, that's a burglary risk.
If you'd like to ask more questions about whether a smartphone app option for your garage door is worth it for you, talk to garage door installers, such as Casp Enterprises Ltd Residential Garage doors. They can help you figure out which styles of door and door opener are going to be the best for you.