Homes are getting smarter and more high-tech every day. There are refrigerators that can remind you when to order milk, windows that can tint automatically, and central air conditioning thermostats that cool on schedule. But in the process of upgrading homes, the garage is often forgotten. Maybe you’re satisfied with a basic, low-tech garage. But if you like the convenience and security that high-tech upgrades bring to your house, you may also want to bring some of that same technology into your garage space. Take a look at a few high-tech upgrades you may want to add to your garage.
Smart Garage Door Opener
The obvious place to start is with the garage door. Smart garage doors have been around for awhile now, and there are several on the market, but they’re getting smarter and more secure all the time. A smart garage door opener connects your garage to the Internet of Things.
You can stop worrying about possibly losing your garage door opener and control the door with an app on your smartphone. Have you ever gotten to work and worried that you forgot to close the garage door? A smart opener may allow you to check on the door from your computer and close it remotely, or set it close automatically after a certain amount of time. Either way, you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
A smart opener that allows you to close the door remotely also allows you to open the door remotely. So if your teenager locks themselves out of the house or you’re expecting a package to be delivered that you don’t want to be left outside, you can open the garage door without interrupting your day to let someone in.
Climate Control and Air Purifier
In most cases, your garage isn’t hooked up to your HVAC system, which means it can be very cold in the winter and hot in the summer. This can make starting your car on a winter day unpleasant, and it can make working in your garage in the summer very uncomfortable.
In addition to the temperature, the air quality in your garage may not be great – after all, the garage sees a lot of exhaust fumes from your car, and if you do mechanical work, painting, or any other type of work that affects the air quality in your garage, just breathing in there may not be pleasant.
You can fix all of these problems at once with a three-in-one air purifier that cools or heats while also removing allergens and pollutants from the air. This is the perfect device for a garage – instead of having to install a window air conditioner in the summer and bring in a space heater in the winter, you can keep one device in there all year long, and breathe better air at the same time. You can find models that allow you to control the device on a schedule or remotely, which means you can warm up the garage before you go out to your car in the morning in the winter.
Does your garage feel a little cramped? Did you want to buy a second or third vehicle but don’t have anywhere to store it? Now you can install a car elevator in your own home garage. Lift one car off the ground and give yourself the room you need to have a workstation or another car underneath.
There’s no reason why your garage should be left behind while the rest of your house gets smarter and more high-tech. For more great garage design ideas, schedule your free design consultation. We’re here to help!