What types of garage alarms are there, and how do they work?
A high-quality alarm is essential to keep your garage safe. It refers not only to your vehicle but also to all the valuable appliances, including your propane garage heater, dehumidifier, compressor, wall-mounted garage vacuum, or even a garage fan. There are door and gate monitors, motion-activated security cameras, motion sensors/detectors, and vibration-triggered alarms. The door/gate monitors have a little sensor that registers if the garage or gate door is closed or open. If it’s open, it alarms and allows you to close it with the push of a button. The motion-activated security cameras have a little camera placed outside, and typically have a long reach. If it picks up on any motion, it will alert you, and you can check out the footage to see what set it off. Motion sensors work very similarly. However, they don’t include the use of cameras, but rather an invisible beam to detect motion. Finally, vibration-triggered alarms are very straightforward and an alarm goes off once it feels the window being shaken.
How to choose an ideal garage alarm for your needs?
You’ll need to think about how you’re going to use your alarm. Just because one looks cool, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best thing for your needs. Perhaps you have a long driveway and want to know who’s driving up. In that case, a vibration-triggered alarm probably isn’t going to work best for you. Again, you need to really think about reality here. Take a look at each category to get a better idea of the most appropriate match.
What are your specific needs?
Really think about what you’ll be using your new garage alarm for. Do you have a particularly long driveway to where you’re constantly surprised by people showing up? You’ll want an alarm with a long range, so you can tell from the end of the driveway that someone is there, like the Driveway Informer. Perhaps you just have various gates on your property and want to know the status of each one. In this case, you can simply go with a device like the LiftMaster that lets you monitor and control your garage doors and gates.
Also consider if you’re going to be using it inside or outside, as outside use isn’t always possible with every device. In this case, the alarm must be durable and sturdy, as well as waterproof.
Wired or wireless?
That all depends on your preferences. Wired one typically don’t give you as many abilities like a motion sensor or camera would, placed outside. Wired is fine if it’s just going to be for a gate/garage door monitor, as you can easily keep these inside.
How loud do you need it to be?
How big is your home? Where will you be placing the monitor? Are you purchasing the device for an elderly parent or family member that doesn’t have the greatest hearing? Then you’ll want to purchase a device that’s already quite loud, or that has an easy-to-use adjustable volume knob/control. Some, like the Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm, even come with various chime options that can alert you more easily, depending on which one you select.
Extra features you can find in some garage alarms
There are quite a few extra features that could make buying a certain unit worth it. For example, the Guardline alarm is super heavy-duty and weather-resistant, meaning that you don’t really have to worry about it, no matter what season it is. The Ring Floodlight Cam is cool because it has so many electronic pairing capabilities. You can use it with the app, and even use voice-activation with Alexa. The LiftMaster Garage Door Opener can also be used with smartphones, which is super handy these days.
You’ll definitely want to take a look at the warranty, as sometimes they can get damaged during an attempted break-in, or simply because of the weather, a child, etc. Most of the garage alarms offer a good warranty, where if it breaks, they’ll replace it at no cost. This is, of course, ideal. Not all of them offer that, but rather a year or two in warranty coverage. While this isn’t the best deal, it depends on if you feel it’s worth it or not. It’s always important to make sure your alarm is working properly, and if something happens to it, you may have to go out and buy a whole new one, which is not only a hassle, but a security threat.