Back in 1999, a modern garage door had safety sensors at the bottom. That was pretty much it.

Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) has really taken the garage door and garage door opener to space-age-levels.

Here are only a few things that today’s garage doors do that they couldn’t do in 1999.

Lower Your Utility Bills

You may have filled your home with energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs in an attempt to use less energy. You may have even installed a higher quality of windows, or sealed up any leaks.

But, you might not realize the energy savings that come from an insulated garage door. The door itself may not use a lot of energy to open or close. However, it can certainly waste a lot, if it’s not well insulated or making a tight seal on the sides or the bottom. If your current door isn’t closing completely, you can click here for garage door repair at any time to fix the problem.

A new insulated garage door will give you a much higher R-value, which means your home’s HVAC system won’t have to work nearly as hard to control the temperature in the rooms that share a wall with your garage.

Keep Your Home Safe

Wi-Fi-enabled garage door openers now transform your phone into your security control room. You can monitor the comings and goings, and check the status of the door to see if it’s locked or unlocked. You can also keep your garage door remote away from thieves.

You can also lock or unlock it remotely. This means that if you forget to lock it when you go out of town, you can lock it up in a few taps. Or you can do other things like let the dog walker in remotely.

Sign For a Package

We live in an incredible age where you can order just about anything you could ever want from Amazon and have it delivered the next day. However, this convenience brings a new threat: Porch pirates who steal the package right off of your step.

In an attempt to fight this, Amazon Key allowed you to let Amazon employees drop the package in your front hallway. A lot of people didn’t love that and found it intrusive. Now, they have introduced Amazon Key garage as a secure and unobtrusive alternative.

Stand up to a Fastball or Slap-shot

The materials we use to make garage doors have also come a long way.

Today’s doors are remarkably durable, yet flexible enough to stand up to whatever your kids can throw at it. This could include a stray hockey puck or baseball, as well as a gentle nudge from the front bumper while your oldest child learns how to park.

These are only a few of the things a modern garage door can do that prove that we are, in fact, living in the future.

We may not be in flying cars yet. But, we can open our doors remotely using our phones or voice, and that’s pretty cool!