Although the garage door opener is not too expensive, it is still best to choose the best one for your home. You will be using the garage door opener for years to an end, so it’s ideal to find one that will give you value and suit you best.
If you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, then follow these tips in choosing the best one for you:
1. Pick the right type. There are different types of garage door openers. Each one has a unique trait. It also comes in different price points. These are the types available: belt-drive opener, screw-drive opener, chain-drive opener, and the direct-drive opener. The belt-drive opener uses a belt to move the trolley and provides a quieter operation. The screw-drive opener uses a rod to lift the door and is also a quiet option. The chain-drive opener makes use of a metal chain to raise and lower the garage door. Because of this, the chain-drive tends to be a noisier opener. Lastly, the direct-drive opener has a single moving part that moves the door up and down. This means it’s quiet and has less vibration.
2. Power. Compare the horsepower ratings of the garage door opener before you make a purchase. Ratings can vary from 1/2-horsepower up to 1-1/2 horsepower or higher. This is the usual range for most residential garage door openers. The horsepower rating is the lifting power of your opener. The higher the number, the more powerful it is to lift heavier garage doors. A 1/2-horsepower motor is enough to lift a double-car garage door. Heavier doors will require a more powerful motor.
3. Features. Standard garage door openers already come with some common features like the remote control, security light, manual release, and rail segments. These are standard and are very much useful. However, you might want to look for extra features that will add value to your home. Look for an opener that has a Wi-Fi and smartphone connectivity. This allows you to connect to your opener through your mobile device. Vehicle compatibility might also be something that you want to have so you can operate it through your car. A battery backup will also prove to be useful during power outage. Motion-sensing security lights will automatically operate when there are intruders and an auto-close function will make sure that you don’t forget closing your garage door. Some features might be an additional cost but will certainly be worth the money.
4. Security and safety. Modern garage door openers already come with entrapment protection and prevention just like electronic beams that trigger a safety mechanism that reverses the door once there is an obstacle. A unique code is also transmitted by remote controls to improve security. This rolling-code feature prevents other remotes to open your garage door.
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