Why install a garage door opener?
Installing a garage door opener is as much about safety as it is about convenience. If you park your car in your garage, then you absolutely need a garage door opener. Otherwise, you will have to get out of the car each, and every time you either exit or enter your garage. This is far too time-consuming and just even annoying at times.
Safety is another reason to install a garage door opener. With access limited to either a remote control or a keypad, you can select the number of people that can gain access to the garage. For increasing your garage overall safety consider getting a garage alarm as well.
It’s also beneficial if you have kids that leave for school on their own. Instead of taking the chance of them losing their house key, you can instead tell them the code to open the garage door.
Features to consider while choosing a garage door opener
There are many important factors to consider with a garage door opener. Here are some features to understand along with their explanations.
The drive of a garage door opener refers to the way it is operated. It may be a chain drive, a belt drive, or a direct drive. A chain drive can be quite noisy, and a belt drive will be a bit quieter. The direct drive is the quietest of all three. Basically, any type can be installed on a typical door, only of it’s not a gate, or a portable garage which usually has a zipper instead of a real door. Be sure to read the FAQ section to understand each drive’s pros and cons.
The lifting force of a garage door opener is measured in horsepower or HP. Basically, the higher the horsepower, the higher the lifting force is. ½ HP is the minimum standard for garage door openers. More powerful options, like the SOMMER 1052V000, offers 1 HP, while the mighty Chamberlain B970 offers 1 ¼ HP.
The remote range refers to how far away you can use your remote with your garage door opener. The higher the range, the more flexibility you have time-wise to open the door, while driving either to or away from the garage door. 1500 feet seems to be the standard remote range, as can be seen with the Chamberlain B550 and the Chamberlain B970.
Maximum door height
The standard garage door height is seven feet tall. And most garage door openers use this measurement as their maximum door height.
If you have an atypical garage or a custom garage door, for something like boat storage system
, then a standard garage door opener will not work for you, or you may need to search for extra accessories.
Almost all garage door openers will have safety sensors. This means that if something were to move under the garage door as it is being opened or closed, then the door will automatically shut off. This is essential to have, especially if you have children or pets.
A battery backup is a separate part from the garage door opener and does not usually come with your purchase. Instead, you will often have to purchase it separately. The battery backup plugs into the motor and essentially provides backup power if the electricity goes out. If you live in an area that frequently has power outages, or if the garage is your most likely point of entry into your home, then it is wise to consider this feature. While most garage door openers do not come with battery backups, the Chamberlain B970 does.
Warranties are especially crucial with garage door openers as they contain a lot of mechanical parts. Many warranties cover different parts of the garage door opener for different lengths of time. The Decko 24503, for example, has only a standard one-year warranty on parts but offers a lifetime warranty on the motor. Be sure to read the warranty carefully, and store that information away as it can be confusing to remember which warranties last for how long.
The extra features of a garage door opener can sometimes make or break a purchase. If you are tech-savvy and want to connect your garage door opener to your smartphone, then look for Wi-Fi capability.
Some garage door openers offer keypads, and some don’t. If you don’t want to always carry a remote control with you, then be sure to look for an opener with an easy-to-use keypad.
Other extra features may include the type of technology that is used in the garage door opener. There are many basic models out there, but it’s always nice to come across a company that has invested heavily in their own technology. This shows their commitment to the products.
Remember, though, that extra features often come with a heftier price tag. If you don’t need fancy bells and whistles, then make sure you’re not paying for them.