When buying a garage door opener you may become overwhelmed with all of the options that are offered on the market. In our previous blog post we spoke about the new battery backup law that went into effect which basically states no new garage door opener can be installed without a battery backup. With that being said there are plenty of really helpful functions that your opener can offer. So, it is important to understand what you want out of your garage door.
Whether it be the brand or functionality we think that there is a garage door suitable for everyone's needs. For instance, if you are into the technology lifestyle (which most of us are) then check out the Liftmaster 8500W. First off, the sleek design speaks for itself, this garage door opener mounts to the side of your garage door vs crowding the overhead space! The 8500W has smartphone control. What is that you ask? Lets just say you leave the house in a hurry and can’t remember if you closed that darn garage door? Well with the smartphone control you can not only close the garage door, if in fact you forgot to close it but it will also let you know if it is shut or not… giving you peace of mind. Lets face it we all have a lot going on in our days, and taking away the worry about the garage door being open or shut can really help us focus on our other daily tasks we have to do. If this hasn’t impressed you yet, then wait until we tell you about Amazon Delivery! What does that have to do with anything? Everything! You can now get your Amazon packages safely delivered from a one time code an Amazon Delivery carrier gets so that they may open your garage door and place your package safely inside and close up once delivered! You will even receive alerts when your garage door is being opened and closed! The possibilities are just endless with the Liftmaster 8500W and the sleek design.
If the design of your garage door opener isn’t a top priority and you would like to save more money (don’t we all), there are plenty other great openers out there which still have smartphone controls using myQ technology! If you would like to chat more about openers or have any questions don’t hesitate to ask our team, leave a comment or give us a call 310-782-9000.
Software: Users are required to download the myQ app and the Amazon Key app.
Membership: Users are required to be an Amazon Prime member.
Hardware: Users will require myQ hardware, a Smart Garage Hub or a connected garage door opener for basic functionality with Key by Amazon for in-garage delivery. An Amazon Cloud Cam is optional for basic functionality.
WHY IN GARAGE DELIVERY?
79% of US consumers shop online and run into issues like stolen packages and missed deliveries. 72% of Americans who live in a house or townhome take security measures to avoid having a package stolen.Using your garage as a package drop-off point will transcend current delivery hurdles.
The garage is big enough to receive various sized packages and takes weather out of the equation. Wether the garage is attached or detached, it serves as an extension of the home that is self-contained, making entering a garage space much less intrusive then entering the home itself.
WHAT IS KEY FOR GARAGE?
As part of Key by Amazon Service, eligible Prime members will have the option of secure, worry-free in-garage delivery using a myQ compatible garage door opener or myQ hardware.
HOW DO YOU ENSURE THE SAFTEY OF IN-GARAGE DELIVERY?
Safety is our top priority. In-garage delivery is a safe way for customers to receive their packages. First, delivery drivers never have an access code to a customer's garage. Instead, drivers are granted one-time access after Amazon's verification process confirms that the right driver and package is at the correct address, and that the driver is near the door. Second, Amazon Cloud cam records delivery's so customers can review a video clip of the delivery. Third, drivers will not move onto their next delivery until the door has been securely closed.
HOW MUCH DOES In-GARAGE DELIVERY COST?
Once installed, there is no additional cost to choosing the "in-garage" option at checkout. If your garage door is already myQ connected, then it is as simple as linking your Amazon and myQ accounts to the Key app.
Beginning July 1, 2019, The SB-969 bill requires an automatic garage door opener that is manufactured for sale, sold, offered for sale, or installed in a residence to have a battery backup function that is designed to operate when activated because of an electrical outage. The bill would make a violation of those provisions subject to a civil penalty of $1,000. The bill would, on and after July 1, 2019, prohibit a replacement residential garage door from being installed in a manner that connects the door to an existing garage door opener that does not meet the requirements of these provisions.
Why was SB-969 introduced?
SB-969 was introduced in response to the 2017 wildfires that left people trapped in their garages with no power to the garage door openers. Some individuals lost their lives due to not being able to lift their garage doors manually.
Are there any other restrictions that would require me to purchase a battery backup garage door opener?
If your current garage door opener has a battery backup, or if you install a new garage door opener with a battery backup, make sure that there is a fully charged battery installed with your opener. If you do not have this feature, there are several models G&G offer in the market today that have this feature. Take a look at our website and find our Openers & Specialty Openers.
What should I know about the SB-969 bill?
If you are replacing your garage door or garage door opener after July 1st, 2019, only a battery backup garage door opener can be installed in the residence. However, we encourage installing a garage door opener with battery backup now and not waiting until July 1st, 2019.
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Normally you would run into these glass panel garage doors at firehouses, but did you know some homeowners actually use these glass panel doors to open up their home and living spaces? If you had a home where you could have an open all space that can open and close at the push of a button, where would you put it?
The possibilities are endless. Do you want more lighting in your home and the feeling of open spaces? Fan of industrial style and design? This could be your dream element to add to your home. If you are entertaining guests then what better way to show off your home by opening your wall to your backyard, where you could have a beautiful picnic table set up waiting for your guests to enjoy! Or perhaps you would like to open up your back living area to a beautiful gorgeous pool where you can take the leap right into your pool from your living room.
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The leading cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction. Prevent home garage fires by following these tips!
1. Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home or an approved flammable liquids storage cabinet.
2. Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances.
3. Avoid storage of combustibles near water heaters.
4. Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
5. Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
6. Install a heat alarm (not a smoke alarm) in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high. Heat alarms are another useful part of any home fire detection system.