Garage door and overhead door opener technology continues to march forward. Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Bay Area, CA is always on top of the latest developments so that we can bring you the best products for your needs. Here’s a list of the best garage door opener accessories to help you get the most out of your garage door.
Older garage door opener accessories
Wireless control panel
This has been a standard accessory for years now. Garage door openers will frequently have a hard-wired opener switch located next to the entrance leading from the garage to the house proper. Sometimes, these are wireless switches. In addition to the switch at the house door, it’s convenient to have a wireless switch at the garage door itself for easy exiting.
Wireless exterior keypad
Another oldie but goodie is the wireless exterior keypad. This keypad allows entrance based on a numerical code. Most models feature a another handy feature – temporary access. You can program a second numerical code that either times out after so many days, or is only good for a set number of uses. This allows you to give out the secondary code for someone else to access your garage, like while you’re on vacation for example.
Remote controls are an incredibly convenient accessory that typically come included with an automatic garage door opener. You can keep them in your vehicle for quick and easy access to your garage. Obviously, you’ll want to keep it secure in your locked vehicle to prevent a thief from getting a hold of it.
Battery backup system
Most garage door opener systems feature an emergency pull cord. This allows you to disengage the opener carriage so that you can open the door manually during a power outage. However, newer openers are coming equipped with a battery back-up. This allows the automatic opener to continue operating during such outages.
Laser parking assistance
Here’s another really handy device! If you have a shorter garage, it’s important to make sure that your vehicle is completely inside and out of the way of the overhead door. This laser system is activated when you enter the garage. It uses a laser pointer to emit a visible beam. When the beam line up on a designated spot on your dashboard, you’re in the right spot!
While remote controls are very handy, they are too bulky to be carried around. As a result, they tend to get left in your vehicle. This creates a small security problem. It also presents a problem if you’re not driving your own vehicle. The new mini remotes that are on the market are small enough to fit on your keychain. By attaching it to your keys, you’re sure to have it with you whenever you go out.
Internet of things accessories
Smartphone app and gateway
The internet of things refers to the growing number of internet connected devices. LED lighting, tv, refrigerators, security cameras, and the list goes on. These devices connect securely to the internet so that you can control them with your smartphone. You can see where this is going…
Garage doors: there’s an app for that! Using your home’s Wi-Fi, you can connect an internet gateway to certain brands of garage door opener. You then securely tie it to your smartphone app. Now you have full access to your opener from anywhere in the world! You can do even more with it than your old remote control:
- Check to see if the door is opened or closed
- Get alerts when it opens or closes
- Open the overhead door from anywhere in the world
- Let in your kid when they forgot their key
- Let in a delivery driver to put a package in your garage
Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Bay Area, California works hard to never get left behind in developing garage door technology. We’re up to date on the latest garage door opener accessories, and we’re ready to answer your questions. Give us a call today, and we can set up a time to meet with one of our skilled, professionally trained technicians. We’ll be on site quickly, and can get you on the road to a more convenient and secure garage door experience.