The home improvement sector has greatly benefitted from the technological trend. Ecological and energy saving benefits with a considerably lesser carbon footprint are the best ways forward. The garage of your home is primarily used to store your cars and bikes. It can also serve as a multifunctional workspace. With a few improvements, you can convert your garage from a car and bike shed to a hot automobile laboratory.
You can de-clutter your garage with a few basic gadgets that make your life easier by optimizing your space and keeping it neat and clean. Garages that are kept tidy are safer to work in and easier to move around. Mishaps and accidents caused are also much lesser than those in cluttered garages that constrain maneuverability. The use of smart gadgets helps organize and modernize your garage to a great extent.
Let us look at 5 gadgets that every garage needs.
- Automatic Garage Door Opener:
Never having to get down every day and open the door to your garage is a boon for any owner. Invest in an automatic garage door opener like the Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage through which you can control your door on your smartphone or tablet. You can connect this device to your home Wi-Fi and monitor it remotely. This allows you to track the movements of your garage door and receive notifications whenever it is opened and shut. You can also initiate a shut command in case someone forgets to close the garage door on their way out.
- Automatic Heavy Lifter:
If you have bikes that you don’t use daily, kayaks that are used seasonally, or a lawn mower that is heavy and bulky to move around, then an automatic heavy lifter would be the answer to your troubles. Install a heavy lifter like the myLifter that can be easily installed and fitted to your ceiling. You can then lift and lower heavy objects from your ceiling while saving space to move around comfortably. With an App that syncs the lifter with your smartphone and tablet, it is possible to easily secure heavy objects above your cars and bikes and move around safely.
- Motion Sensor Lights:
Motion sensor lighting can help save energy, time, and prolong the longevity of your bulbs. The Philips Hue combines motion sensor with bright LED lights to increase the brightness inside your garage. If you have new garage doors with automatic sensors, you can sync the lights to illuminate the exterior of your garage door and keep stray animals away from your house. You can also use the motion sensor to illuminate your garage when it is dark outside automatically, and visibility is low.
- Tool Peg Organizer:
A multi-peg tool organizer is a must-have in every garage. Keeping all your tools and implements neatly organized is a great way to stay safe and decrease the time taken in finding them. If you are able to see all your tools, there will be fewer accidents when you search for them. You can also use the tool peg organizer to hang small baskets of nails, drill machines, hammers, spanners, mallets, chisels, nuts, bolts, and screws. Shelving all your tools becomes easier in the long run, and you will not run out of inventory when you are able to view them clearly. You can also use the organizer to leave small notes that can serve as reminders for things that need to be done during the day.
- Power strip, Surge Protector, and Extension Cord:
Many garages are not made with utility in mind. If you face this problem, then it is time to invest in a power strip and extensions cord. Power strips and extension cords are perfect for work benches, and you could also install a surge protector for added safety. Power strips eliminate the risk of constantly reaching into inaccessible electrical outlets in your garage that can also become hazardous when tampered with too many times. Extensions cords that are between 4ft to 15ft come handy when moving around the garage and getting drilling or alternate work done. You could invest in the Yellow Jacket surge protector which is a metal-encased power strip that doubles as a surge protector with a 15ft extension cord.
Having a well-organized smart garage ensures the safety and security of anyone coming in and out of your garage. Modernizing your garage does not have to be an expensive task. Invest in simplifying your work, reducing your time, energy, and space and instead, increase efficiency in and around your garage.