If you are not working in the industry, you will be surprised to find out how many different garage door openers there are on the market. The offer is certainly vast, and it is easy to be overwhelmed when trying to choose the best garage door opener for your home. As with any other item in the world “the best” garage door opener is the one that best suits your needs, so we will not give a one, three or ten lists of openers worth buying, but rather tell you how to choose the one for you.
Door openers that are worth having, are the ½ horsepower or ¾ horsepower. The ½ HP is usually employed to lift light doors that weigh up to 150 lbs while the most powerful one is suitable for heavier doors as well as for faster lift. Anything smaller in power than the ½ horsepower is suitable for a one-car garage with a very light door. If you are in doubt about the power you need, you can check the old opener (if you are replacing it) or ask the professionals at any store selling garage door accessories in Essex County.
- Type of drive
There are three types of drive available: the chain drive (inexpensive, reliable, but so noisy), the belt drive (modern, quiet due to the rubber band, but rather pricey) and the screw drive (moderate in all aspects and easy to install if you know how to install a garage door opener).
- Security features
Garage doors are targeted by burglars due to their lack of security features. Therefore, a rolling code is essential for any garage door opener. If you choose an opener that can connect to your smartphone, ask about its safety features in case the phone is lost or damaged.
- Smartphone compatibility
Nowadays, many garage door opener producers tend to replace the remote with an application for the smartphone, which enable owners to connect the opener and command it via their mobile phone. Not all openers have this feature, so be prepared to pay extra if you want it.
- Keyless entry
If you tend to lock yourself out of the garage, the keyless entry garage door opener is perfect for you. This type of opener comes with a pad that is placed outside the door. The access is granted by typing a code on that device. The keyless entry is also optional and available only for some of the openers available on the market.
- Battery backup
The battery backup feature is one of the latest features of garage door openers and ensures that you can use the opener even when the power is down. The batteries are recommended for openers with multiple functions as well as for garages that do not have any other way of opening.
Once you have an idea about what type of garage opener you need, start looking for the one in the garage door supply companies in Essex County. There are plenty of options, and if you do not want to install it yourself, you can always find a garage door service company in Essex County to do the job at an affordable price.