A few decades back garage door openers were the devices which simply enabled automatic operation. Today, they put total control of the overhead door at your fingertips. The years in between served as the bridge for the major transition. Openers became much safer as laws became much stricter. With the great development of technology, manufacturers were able to make smarter devices to meet the current needs of people.
What needs are these? Let us just say that most households are empty during the day. With both parents working long hours and several social obligations following after work, the need to keep control of the biggest door in the house increased. And that’s because many burglars break in from the garage. The long hours out of the house brought another revolution. Smartphones! And big garage door opener brands didn’t miss the chance to do masterpieces!
Breakthrough from Liftmaster
Liftmaster made a breakthrough with the MyQ Technology. Suddenly, openers were connected since the new technology enables a two-way communication. You are able to use the smartphone to open or close the garage door and the system will notify you should the door has remained open. You simply tap to close the door even if you are in New York and your house is in Toronto. And there would be an alarming sound warning people possibly standing around about the door descending. Did you kid return from school earlier than expected and has no keys? You can open the garage door for him or her. And you can also connect this system to your home lighting so that you will turn the lights on before you come back home.
Other smart products by garage door opener brands
As a leading brand in the industry, Genie introduced a similar product: the Aladdin Connect device. What’s special about this system is that it works with sensors attached to the door. So you will be notified if the door has opened even if it was manually operated. Apart from this detail, the system offers more or less what the Liftmaster system does: ability to control the door from a distance.
And then came the time for Craftsman to produce the AssureLink opener smartphone control kit. The idea is exactly the same: to operate, check, monitor, and control the garage door anywhere you are.
Such innovative systems are possible thanks to smartphones and apps. So in order to use the Liftmaster, Craftsman and Genie high tech systems, you must download the apps. And they are free for either iPhones or Android devices.
Will you still need garage door opener service?
It’s exciting having advanced openers, which provide extra security and make life simpler. But in spite of the innovation they bring at your home, intelligent openers are still electric devices. This means that they will break down, might have complications, the sensors might get misaligned, and problems might occur. So never confuse the importance of garage door opener repair with the convenience smart systems bring. After all, if the reverse system is problematic, the door won’t close whether you are at home or not.