According to the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), “when Americans come home from work or school, the front door now takes a back seat to the garage door.” Being able to drive right in after a long day provides unsurpassed convenience. Residents have also reported feeling safer and more secure when entering through the garage.
Drive-right-in accessibility would be impossible without the 1926 development of the garage door opener though. The front door would probably still get some love had one man’s invention never come to fruition. Lucky for garage doors everywhere there is no need ever to exit their vehicles.
Over the years, incredible advances were made, ensuring a safer and more reliable product. Today there are even smart garage door openers! These openers include built-in Wi-Fi that connects to your wireless network in minutes. An internet gateway can be added to standard openers. Always follow the detailed manufacturer’s instructions.
Types of Smart Garage Door Openers
Like other openers, smart garage door openers are available as a chain-drive or belt-drive, with various horse-powered (HP) motors. The 1/2-HP model is typically enough for most standard double-car doors. More massive doors, particularly those that are wood or full-view, tend to require greater horsepower. For these doors, you should look for motors featuring 3/4-HP to 1 1/2-HP, as these will prevent straining the opener.
While an economical choice, chain-drive garage door openers can be loud, and therefore not recommended if noise is a concern. A belt-drive garage door opener utilizes a steel-reinforced rubber belt. Belt-drives are not only quieter than chain-drives, but they move with much less friction, which helps reduce maintenance requirements and extend the opener’s lifespan.
Using the Corresponding Smartphone App
After connecting the opener to your wireless network, you can name the device in the corresponding smartphone app. It’s a good idea to differentiate openers if you have more than one door. For LiftMaster and Chamberlain openers, this is the MyQ app, which is available to download in both the App Store and Google Play.
The app allows you to open, close, or check the status of your garage door whether you’re home or away at the touch of a button. You can also receive notifications in real-time and set a recurring schedule to close the door or turn lights on/off. These openers are compatible with many of today’s popular smart devices and platforms as well.
With a smart garage door opener, you can even opt for secure in-garage deliveries when your account is linked with the Amazon Key app. This service is, however, only available for eligible Prime members in select cities.
In the event you’re not around to monitor the door as it’s closing, smart garage door openers possess several safety features, including sensors that stop the door from closing on obstructions. Finally, these openers feature MyQ Guests, which allows you to invite three additional people to access your account without revealing your password.
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