The latest generations of openers do much more than just open and close garage doors. It reminds me of how coffee was served before Starbucks. On a recent Southwest Airlines flight the stewardess asked me “cream and sugar?” when I requested coffee. Black, with cream and/or sugar? That’s it! Those are your choices. Life was simple.
But then Starbucks came along and crushed our simple idea of a cup of coffee. Like a faded Polaroid being tossed in the trash with the wet coffee grounds after the barista makes a cappuccino.
Starbucks and its competitors offer us so many choices (most of which I can’t pronounce) that I sometimes get frustrated. (
Just give me a fricken) “a small black coffee please.”
I stay polite when they respond with “So you want a “tall” coffee? We have the Sumatra dark roast or the Kopi luwak made from coffee beans plucked from civets’ feces.”
Whatever happened to Folgers? During the ’60s and ’70s in their TV commercials, Mrs. Olson told us it was “mountain grown — the richest kind.”
With the current state of garage door openers, you also have a lot of choices. So many in fact, that it becomes confusing and difficult to choose the right one for you.
In California, backup batteries are now required with all new openers.
When fires and floods strike the “Golden State,” electric service to homes is frequently interrupted. The backup battery allows occupants to escape through the garage even during a power outage.
The State’s government passed a law requiring (new and replacement) openers to have a battery. Whether you agree with the law or not, remember the cliché “as California goes so goes the Nation” … you’ve been warned.
myQ Mobile App
Mobile apps give you access to the opener from anywhere on the planet as long as you have a good connection. So if someone needs to get into your garage when you’re not home, you can let them in by pressing a button on your phone.
During an emergency, your neighbors or emergency personnel can either break into your home causing a lot of damage or you can simply let them enter through the garage using your phone app.
Did you know that many burglaries start with criminals stealing the garage door remote from your car? Yep, they break your car window, grab your remote and wait until you’re not home to empty it out. With a phone app, it’s a lot more difficult, if not impossible to get access through the garage door.
The app can also remind you that the door has remained open for too long. You can close the door manually or you can set it to automatically close after a certain period of time has elapsed or at a specific time.
Using the “Key” app, Amazon now has the ability to drop packages inside your garage so they don’t get stolen or missed placed. This will give you the peace of mind that your packages are always safe.
It may be sceptical to have strangers in your garage, but with that HD 1080P surveillance camera, you do not have to worry about that! The new smart garage door openers are equipped with a high-quality camera that you can watch from your myQ app.
The funnest part of this new garage door opener is the 2-way audio. You can give whoever a heart attack by yelling at them on the speaker. “RUN! THE POLICE ARE ON THE WAY!!!”
Garage door opener manufacturers are not only adding new features, but they are constantly improve the reliability and user experience of their openers.
The built-in LED lights that are so bright, that your neighbors may mistakenly believe that it’s morning when you open your garage door late at night.
Another great feature is the virtually silent operation. This is being achieved with:
- Super strong, long-lasting belt vs noisy chain drives.
- Nylon ball bearing vs screechy steel rollers.
- Smaller and quieter DC vs loud AC motors.
These are just a few examples of recent incremental improvements. And that’s just the beginning of the new features that are available with the latest garage door openers.
Genie uses the Aladdin Connect® system, while Chamberlain (Liftmaster, Sears, and several other brands) uses the myQ system. Other manufacturers use their proprietary communication protocols.
Their technology hasn’t learned to play together. It’s like the Biblical Tower of Bable. The systems don’t understand each other and can’t communicate with each other.
From a classic movie Cool Hand Luke
For consumers, it’s reminiscent of the 1980’s standards battle between Sony Betamax and JVC’s VHS
This issue transcends garage door openers and is representative of the entire smart home industry.
Alexa, Google, Siri … it’s sooo frustrating! I feel like Rodney King — “Can we all just get along?”
And even if you’ve done your homework and made some compromises to put together a working system, history tells us that it won’t be long ’till it’s all obsolete.
And just like with all other “free” technology, are you comfortable with Google, Apple, Amazon, and others tracking your every move? Each time you open and close the door, someone (we don’t know who) is able to track and store your activity. Hey, just because I’m paranoid — that doesn’t mean they’re not after me!
The Best Garage Door Opener – with garage door app
If you appreciate the convenience, and the benefits of the new technology — like me — there is no choice.
Hands-down, I love the ability to open and close my door when I’m not home — even when I’m in another city.
I was out of town when I received an alert that my garage door just opened. I thought that my wife was at work (like many husbands, I didn’t pay attention when she told me her work schedule … but I digress).
So I texted her just to confirm that there wasn’t a burglary in progress.
Is this more evidence of my paranoia?
We like to give our customers choices. We have a process for helping people decide just the right opener for them.
- Budget. What can you afford? The top of the line opener costs 3 times more than a basic model. How long will you remain in your home? If it’s a short time, you may not want to spend a lot on a fancy opener you’ll end up leaving behind (unless you have money to burn). If you plan to be in the home for a few years and you have the money, the extra cost amortized out over the years of enjoyment — is nothing.
- Features. If you’re a technology doofus, keep it simple. You’ll drive yourself and your rescuer’s go-to computer nerd crazy trying to operate all the tools that are available on the high-end openers. On the other hand, if you love the features as I do, splurge a little.
- Safety. It’s always possible for someone to enter your home, but eliminating the remote control unit makes it much more difficult for criminals. Breaking into your phone is a lot harder than smashing the window of your car and grabbing your remote — which is a common way burglars use to rob homes.
Here are our 3 favorite garage door openers for our customers.
A heavy-duty chain-drive 1/2 HP unit, myQ garage door opener app upgradeable. Inexpensive.
Mid-range price and features. Our most popular model. Quiet belt drive with myQ garage door opener app built-in. Great value.
The best garage door opener in our opinion for most homes is this Top-of-the-line model from Liftmaster! This beauty does it all. HD Video, 2-way Audio, myQ, etc., and it works with Liftmaster’s garage door opener app. For those who only want the best.
If you’d like to have some of the myQ features but it doesn’t make sense for a replacement garage door opener, there is a way to install a The LiftMasterr retrofit package that includes a myQ Control Panel, a LiftMaster Internet Gateway, Remote Light Controls, and a Remote Light Switch.
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LiftMaster’s Next Gen Garage Door Openers
In Fall 2021, LiftMaster announced the release of four new smart garage door openers. These products are brimming with features that allow for modern operation and convenience. Control and monitor your garage door from your phone, which will give you peace of mind. You’ll always know who’s inside your garage with LED motion detection lighting.
This new LiftMaster model is a belt drive opener that comes with LED lighting. With a built in HD camera, this opener connects to the myQ app and features 2-way audio communication. Night vision lens will automatically adjust to dark lighting and the camera can tilt 360 degrees. A 2000 lumens ring light connects to the safety sensors and this garage door opener employs a noiseless smooth start.
This model is another belt drive opener, which means it has an extremely silent operation. Modern security features include electronic protection against forced openings, safety sensors that will prevent the garage door from closing on anything, motion detection LED lighting, and a secure code sent with every remote usage. This opener also connects to Amazon Key, which is a convenient way to have groceries dropped off. You can depend on this system to work even when you’re not at home.
LiftMaster model 87802 is a heavy-duty garage door opener equipped to support the heaviest doors. With connectivity to the myQ app, you can control the garage door from your smartphone. A 360 degree ring light equipped with 2000 lumens of LED will keep your garage bright even at night. A battery backup will ensure that this opener will work even when the power goes out. It also works with Amazon Key for secure grocery deliveries. With a smooth start DC motor, this product is sure to impress you.
LiftMaster 84602 is a chain drive opener that comes with dual LED lighting and a battery backup. This opener connects to the myQ app and works with Amazon Key for convenient grocery deliveries at any time. The DC motor employs a smooth start and stop operation, and the chain drive system is both durable and reliable. This opener will electronically protect against forced openings and comes equipped with safety sensors.
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