The housing market has been on the rise in early months this year. Have you bought a new home recently? You may have noticed that your garage door opener is just as dated as other parts of your home, which means its time for an upgrade.
Keep Your Family Safe
Whether you park in your garage, use it as storage or activity space, or simply use it as an entrance, the garage is the main entry point to the home for about 70% of people.
Now that you’re realizing how often your family uses the garage, think about how important garage door safety is to you. Not just for security, but also keeping your family safe from harm.
Prior to 1993, door openers had only one automatic (or “mechanical”) reversal system. This system uses the pressure detected from objects or people to stop the door from closing and reverse the direction for safety.
After a string of door-related accidents involving children, U.S. and Canadian authorities added a second safety system using photo-cell safety beams. This device sends a beam of concentrated light across the path of the garage door so, if the light is broken (meaning there is someone or something obstructing the path), the door will reverse rather than close.
Reduce noise, especially if your bedroom is located over the garage
If your door opener is an older model, it may operate with a chain drive system that often causes a lot of noise. Today, most garage door openers use rubber belts (reinforced with metal fibers similar to the way car tires are made) that are proven to be much quieter. However, if your opener is still making too much noise, it could be another sign that it’s time to replace.
Today, we are talking about connected homes
In our technology-driven world, it’s expected that opening and closing your garage door can be done with a mobile devie. Chamberlain Group (LiftMaster and Craftsman) have offered this type of “remote” garage door technology MyQ since 2013. If you have a model opener from this year, you may even be able to connect it to wifi or use voice commands to open and close your garage door.