When people think of security systems they generally think of protecting entry doors and windows. However, many people don’t think about the garage door. Have you ever accidentally left your garage door open overnight? I know I’ve done it a few times. Today, I installed a contact that detects if a garage door is opened or closed.
If you followed the Home Automation – Introduction post, you may have read that I have an Elk security panel. A few weeks ago I connected the garage door opener to the Elk panel. Doing so allowed me to use the system to control the garage door opener – I could operate the garage door opener, but had no way of knowing if the door was actually opened or closed. Now, with the garage door contact installed, I can now write a rule which checks to see if the door is open each night and can have set it automatically close.