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5. Garage and Yard > 55. Know If the Garage Door Is Open

Know If the Garage Door Is Open

Use a magnetic switch and a Powerflash module to keep track of the status of your garage door.

One of the most common motivations for setting up your home automation system to keep track of whether the garage door is open is so that you don’t forget to close it at night. It’s a common thing to overlook and a common problem to want to solve. But in my case, I was motivated to add this capability for a different reason.

A keystone in my home automation system is that it k nows when the house is unoccupied [Hack #70]. When the house is empty, the alarm system is activated, visitors coming to the front door are logged [Hack #74], and the network camera that I use to check in on my dog [Hack #82] is turned on. Furthermore, the first person who comes home to the previously unoccupied house is greeted with appropriate lighting and thermostat setting, and important reminders and announcements [Hack #28].


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