4 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Garage Door Opener

Are you still using a remote or control panel to operate your garage door? It is time to upgrade to a smart garage door opener for improved security, safety and convenience. Smart garage door openers are linked to your mobile device and can be operated straight through your cell phone or tablet. Here are four reasons these smart garage door openers are a wise investment for your home.

  1. No more remote. Remotes were a wonderful option when they first became available for garage doors but are now a known security risk. Anyone who has access to your remote also has access to your home. If your vehicle is stolen or broken into, someone can steal your remote and be in your home without any problems.
  2. Always have access to your garage door. You may not always have a remote on you when you need to open your garage door, but most people always have their cell phone. When you have a smart system, you can open your garage door whenever needed, even when you are not home.
  3. Security alerts. A smart garage door opener can alert you when someone has entered your home through the garage door without authorization or if the door was left open accidentally, helping keep your family and home safe.
  4. Air safety alerts. Your garage door opener can alert you when there is a safety issue in your garage or home. Smart openers can be connected to carbon monoxide, smoke and temperature sensors to alert you when there is a problem.

These are just a few of the reasons to invest in a smart garage door opener. They can also be connected to your home automation system and have other cool features that make life easier. Contact your local garage door service to learn more about the options available and to make the move to a smart opener device.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

How Powerful of a Garage Door Opener Do I Need?

If you are shopping for a new garage door opener, you have many choices to make. Do you want a battery back-up system? Are you opting for a quieter belt drive or a more cost-efficient chain drive? Will you choose a smart security system you can control from your smartphone? On top of these features, you need to determine the basic elements, like how powerful of a motor you will need for your opener.

What Amount of HP is Needed?

When you are perusing the different models of garage door openers, one of the basic specifications is the horsepower or HP the motor uses. You will see options from ½ HP to 1 1/2 HP for most residential garage door openers. The higher the HP, the higher weight the motor can handle. To determine if you need higher HP, consider these factors:

  • Size of the door. Most single garage doors are about 12-feet in width. ½ HP motors can easily handle most doors of this size, but double-car doors that are 14-feet or wider may require at least ¾ HP openers. Taller doors for RVs may also require higher HP openers.
  • Door material. Solid wood doors tend to be the heaviest doors and may require more HP for the openers. If you have a wider, solid wood garage door, you may want to opt for ¾ HP or higher.

Weight is important when choosing the HP for your opener. Talk to your local garage door service about the best opener options for the size, material and weight of your garage door. It never hurts to go higher in HP than you need but choosing a motor without enough power can reduce the lifespan of your new opener and cause safety concerns.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Ways to Improve Your Garage Security

If you have an attached garage, security is of the utmost importance. Your garage doors are the largest entrance to your home, and for most people, the door most frequently used to access the house. It can also be the most used entrance for intruders to your home. Keeping your garage secure should be a top priority, not just to protect what is in your garage, but what is in your home. Here are four ways to improve your garage security.

  1. Use a smart opening system. If it has been 10 years or more since your last garage door opener upgrade, it may be time to replace your old system. New smart technology can help you monitor usage of your garage 24/7 from anywhere on your smartphone.
  2. Never leave remotes in your car. Garage door remotes are easy access to your garage and home. Never leave them in your car; all someone needs to do is break into your vehicle to have access to your home at a push of a button.
  3. Lock the door into your home. Although it will only slow an intruder down, it may be just the time needed to thwart their plans. Keep the door from the garage into your home locked.
  4. Disable garage door opener when on vacation. Make sure your garage door opener is disabled when you are out of town or on vacation. New systems have a ‘vacation’ mode, but you can also unplug your system.

Make sure your garage is secure and safe. During your next garage door service, talk to your garage technicians about other ways to improve security on your doors and opening system.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Benefits of a Battery Backup for Your Garage Door Opener

If you use your garage door as the main point of entry to your home, you depend on your garage door opener for convenience and security. You can open your garage door with a push of a button and never need to run inside in the rain or snow, or get overheated on a hot day. However, if you don’t have a battery backup on your opener, you can find yourself locked out of your garage when the power goes out. Here are some of the benefits of having a battery backup for your opener.

  • Safety. When the power goes out, it can be dark and dismal outside. This is the worst time to be forced to park in your driveway instead of driving into your garage. With a battery backup, you can get inside during the storm and avoid navigating your way into a dark home.
  • Security. Your garage door opener helps keep the largest entrance to your home and garage locked and secure. Make sure the security features are still in place by having a battery power source for when the power goes out, especially when you are away from home.
  • Convenience. The new battery backup systems automatically perform when the power goes out. Most can last on standby for at least 24 hours and enable 20 cycles of your garage door during a power outage.

If you don’t have a battery backup for your garage door opener, now is the time to talk to your local garage door company about an upgrade. When the next storm hits and the power is out, you will be glad you invested in this option for your home and garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Common Garage Door Issues

It happens to someone every day. They jump into their vehicle and hit their garage door opener to leave for the day and…silence. Or the door opens halfway, then stops. Garage door problems can be frustrating and very inconvenient. Knowing the common garage door issues and what needs to be done to resolve them can help get you on your way faster the next time it happens to you.

No Response

If you garage door does not respond at all, it is probably a problem with your opener. Try to use your wall unit to open the door. If it works, you may need a new battery for your remote or something is wrong with your smartphone app. If the wall unit does not work, make sure it is plugged in and getting power. Still no response? Call your garage door repair service.

Door Only Opens Partially

If the door doesn’t open completely or closes again, there may be a problem with your safety sensors. Make sure nothing is below the door, triggering the safety auto-stop mechanism. It may need the lasers aligned – check instructions in your garage door opener manual.

Door Won’t Open

Do you hear the garage opener working, but the door isn’t opening? It could be a broken spring or other hardware problem. Try opening the garage door manually. If it is difficult to move, do not force it. Call your garage door repair service.

You cannot prevent all garage door problems, but regular maintenance can alert you to issues that need repair before they leave you stuck in your garage. Schedule a tune-up and replace hardware, springs and other components as advised by your repair technician to prevent many garage door issues.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

What Is the Quietest Garage Door Opener?

Does your garage door opener announce to the entire household wherever anyone comes home or leaves? The economical and popular chain drive garage door openers are not always the quietest systems, especially older models. If you want a quieter garage door opener, there are other options. A belt drive opener is the quietest type available and may be what you need to stop the roar every time you open or close your garage door.

What Is a Belt Drive Garage Door Opener?

A belt drive opening system simply uses a belt versus a chain, offering a quieter and smoother performance. If you want to rid your home of the racket of a chain drive opening system, a belt drive opener is your best option. However, there are a few pros and cons to a belt drive versus a chain drive garage door opener, beyond just the noise level. Some things you should know:

  • Belt drive openers tend to be more expensive than chain drive openers
  • Many belt-drive openers have great warranties, but some do not last for as long as chain drive systems
  • Belt-drives can work faster than some chain drives
  • Heavy 2-car or wooden garage doors can put strain on a belt-drive – a chain-drive may be a better choice for heavy garage doors
  • Belt-drives do not need lubrication, requiring less maintenance than chain drives

In most cases, a belt drive garage door opener is a good choice if you want a quieter opening system. To find the best option, talk to your local garage door service company to compare the different types available that will best meet your needs.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Hoschton, GA 30548
770-985-3355

Have You Checked the Eyesight on Your Garage Door?

Did you know your garage door has eyes? The electronic sensors on the garage door are safety features that ensures your garage door does not accidentally close on an object or a person. However, you need to check these sensors from time to time to ensure they are working correctly. Here is how to check the eyesight on your garage door to promote safety in your garage and home.

Start by opening your garage door completely. To test the sensors and safety mechanism on your garage door opener, you want to ensure it stops when an object is under the door. Put an empty cardboard box or something crushable under the door, starting on one side. Close the door. If the sensors are working, the door will stop before it crushes the box or item. Move the box to the middle of the door and then to the other side, testing the door in both spots. You want to ensure that the sensors are detecting items at all areas under your garage doors.

If the sensors are not working, there could be a few possible issues. It may be as simple as realigning the laser eye of the sensors. However, it could also be a component failure. You can use your manufacturer’s recommendation to try realigning the sensors – they can get knocked or bumped, causing dysfunction. If realigning does not work, call your local garage door service company for service.

It is very important for the safety of your family to ensure your garage door’s sensors are working correctly. Make sure to check this safety feature periodically to prevent injuries and damage from your garage doors.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Buford, GA 30518
770-985-3355

Garage Door Security Basics

Keeping your garage doors secure is vital. While garage doors are a convenience, they can also offer a large opening to your garage and home if security measures are not taken. You want to ensure that no one can use your garage door or opener to enter your home without your permission. Here are some garage door security basics to use at your home. 

  • Check your garage door opener. First and foremost, make sure you a have rolling code security on your garage door opener. All openers use this technology now, but those 20+ years old may not – criminals can catch the security from old openers and use it to enter your garage.
  • Frost or cover windows. Windows let in light to your garage and are decorative on your garage doors. However, make sure potential intruders cannot peak through them to case your home. Frost them or use window coverings.
  • Never leave your remote in your car. Your car is much less secure than your garage or home. Don’t leave your opener in your car – even someone breaks into your car, they now have your remote and most likely your address, giving them access to your home.
  • Keep your garage door closed. Never leave your garage door open when you are not around. Even if you only go into the house for a minute, your garage is exposed. A thief could grab something or worse, an intruder could hide in your garage.

Garage doors are not only the biggest opening to your home, they can be the biggest weak point in your security. Make sure you have an updated opener and follow these security basics to keep your home and family safe.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Braselton, GA 30517
770-985-3355

Top Brands and Reviews for Garage Door Openers

Are you ready to replace your garage door opener? There are so many options in garage door openers, with many advanced features and security options. To learn more about the top brands, consumer reviews and best options, here is some basic information on three of the best brands: Liftmaster, Genie and Linear.

Liftmaster Garage Door Openers

Liftmaster has over 45 years of experience in creating quality garage door openers. Liftmaster garage door opener premium and contractor series are the most popular for homes, with contractor series offering basic features and premium having more advanced options. You can find reviews listed on their website for each model, with a 4-star rating or higher for many models. You can visit the site at liftmaster.com to learn more.

Genie Garage Door Openers

Since 1954, the Genie garage door opener company has been selling quality products. You can visit their website at www.geniecompany.com to check out their residential garage door openers. Their popular options for dealer installation are the TriloG® Pro Series, IntelliG® Pro Series and their ReliaG® Pro Series. Although reviews are not on their website, you can check customer ratings on consumer sites.

Linear Garage Door Openers

Linear LLC has been in business for 55+ years, specializing in wireless technology, making them a perfect fit for creating garage door openers. You can visit their website at linearproaccess.com to check out their selection of excellent garage opener options, including many “smart” openers with advanced wireless technology and security features.

These top three brands can offer the highest level of quality for your new garage door opener. Check out the different models and reviews to familiarize yourself with the options before contacting a local dealer for ordering and installation.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Is Your Garage Door Remote Safe?

How protective are you of your garage door remote? Unfortunately, some people give little thought to protecting their garage door remote beyond locking it in their car, even though it offers entrance to their home. If you leave your remote for your garage in your vehicle, your home security could be at risk. It is time to consider a better option for protecting your home and family’s security and safety.

If you leave your garage door remote in your car, it is always at risk of theft. It only takes minutes for someone to break your window, steal the remote and grab your vehicle registration. This is all they need to know where you live and have a push-button option to enter your home. Before you even realize it is gone, you could be a victim of burglary.

The good news is there are ways to keep your remote with you without leaving it in your car. Some options include:

  • Keep your remote on your person. Put your remote in a purse or briefcase when you leave the vehicle. This can be inconvenient, but it is better than having it stolen by a thief who may use it to invade your home.
  • Get a keyring remote for your opener. You will always have it with you when you need it, without ever needing to leave it in your vehicle.
  • Upgrade to a smart garage door opener. Many new systems can be linked to your smartphone, giving you secure access.

Any time you leave your garage door remote in your vehicle outside of your garage is a risk. Consider upgrading to a new remote option that is more secure. Talk to your local garage door service company to discuss new security options for your remote access.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists

Dacual, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355