Garage doors are simple! You come home, you press a button from your phone or a remote, and voila! Inside you go. But, things weren’t always so easy. In fact, when garage doors first became popular in the 1920s, oftentimes the passenger had to exit the car to open the garage manually. Even in the rain and snow. Luckily, both the convenience and the safety of garage door openers have made leaps and bounds over the last 100 years. Behold – the evolution of garage door openers.
The first electric garage door opener was introduced in 1926 by C.G. Johnson. However, the button to activate the system was located inside the garage. A convenient way for homeowners to bypass this system involved running a wire outside of the door. However, this made it easy for just anyone to come by and open your garage door.
World War II stimulated a huge electronics boom. Once the 1950s hit, companies began releasing garage door openers that were far superior to the bulky and expensive openers from the 20s. In 1954, the Alliance Manufacturing Company marketed a garage door opener named Genie. Genie became the first mass-produced, radio-controlled residential garage door opener. The addition of the remote control made automatic operation of the garage door a true convenience. Alliance even went on to invent the direct-drive screw opener, which was probably the most popular unit installed in the 1970s.
Early garage door openers only offered the most basic of functions – lifting and closing the door. Over the years, many variations have been developed. Including chain drive, belt drive, screw drive and jackshaft units. On top of remote radio operation, garage door openers can now be operated wirelessly with Wi-Fi connectivity. Allowing you to monitor and operate your garage door from wherever.
The earliest units did not have any safety features; they simply ran until reaching a travel limit switch and shutting off. Today’s residential opener systems all include a speed sensor that reverses the door to full open if it touches an obstruction, a photocell non-contact device that reverses the door to full open if a beam of light projected across the bottom of the door opening is broken and a maximum run timer that will shut down the opener system if it does not reach the close travel limit within a specified time.
Digital doorbells, smart locks, climate control apps… There are so many nifty gadgets available these days that make entering and controlling your home easier. And while these gadgets may get all the love, it is not to underestimate the humble garage door opener that has been putting in the work to make traversing your car port as simple as a tap on a button or a spoken word. Below, find our top 3 picks for smart garage door openers/gadgets:
You don’t need a Chamberlain garage door opener to get the most out of their Smart Garage Control. This garage-based smart home hub works with your garage door opener to provide control and monitoring. Equipped with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-capability, the myQ Control allows users to check the status of their garage door from anywhere in the world, receive alerts whenever a door opens, schedule door opening and closings, and operate their garage door on demand. All from their smartphone or watch!
Smart Camera meets Garage Door Opener in the Alcidae Garager 2. Not only does this gadget allow owners to easily open and close their garage door, but it also allows them to survey their garage with sound and motion detectors. As if that wasn’t cool enough, the Garager 2 also features a built-in mic and speaker, allowing users to speak directly to intruders, be they robbers or raccoons.
Looking for a compatible garage door controller for your older garage door opener? Enter Nexx, offering options and compatibility for older model openers. With Nexx, owners can operate all of their garage door functions via their smartphone. Or, thanks to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, Nexx users can simply speak to their garage door to gain entry or exit. And thanks to Nexx’s Just Drive technology, the device will work in conjunction with your smartphone and home Wi-Fi network to automatically raise your garage door as it detects you are approaching. Now that’s cool!
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Have you misplaced your garage door opener? Don’t assume this is no big deal – a misplaced or potentially stolen garage door remote can pose a huge security risk to your garage and home! What should you do in the event your garage door remote goes missing? We’ve put together a step by step guide to ensure your garage — and home — remain safe and sound!
Your first step should be disabling the garage door opener ; you can usually void all remotes currently connected to your house by pressing a button on the motor housing. Until you are able to purchase and program a new remote (see step 3) you will need to open the garage door manually.
Step 2 requires consulting the manual that came with your garage door so you can properly reprogram t he garage door system.
Visit your local retailer or search online for a remote that is compatible with your current garage door system .Once you have purchased a new remote, you will need to follow the user instructions for programming the new device. Once the remote has been successfully paired with your unit, you can begin enjoying the ease of a garage door opener once again!
Opening garage doors manually can be a pain. To prevent this experience in the future, follow these tips! Always make sure to leave the deadbolt on your home access door locked, even if you are home. You should also try to keep your garage door opener on you at all times, as opposed to clipping it inside your car. If your car is broken into, thieves can easily access your registration and locate your home. You may also want to look into openers that work with new technology which allows you to control your garage door from your phone!
Do you need help reprogramming your automatic garage door opener remote or any other issues you may need assistance with? Adam’s Door Systems is here for you. Contact us at email@example.com!
Your garage door faces daily wear and tear. And as one of the largest moving objects in your home, it’s important to ensure your garage door is secure. That’s why the experts at Adam’s Door Systems have put together a list of practical garage door safety tips to keep you and your family safe!
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