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  • Many people tend to not think about their garage door openers until they stop working. Nothing puts a dent in your day’s plans quite like a garage door that won’t open! The truth is, however, that garage door openers serve a variety of purposes – not just lifting and closing your overhead doors. As technology continues to evolve, garage door openers just become even smarter!

    This is why we’re sharing some of the most interesting facts about residential garage door openers. Knowing more about these pieces of equipment will help you set a more accurate value for them and prevent any surprises during your next garage door opener installation.

    Openers Can Be Hacked                                                       

    While the evolution of technology can be a good thing, it can also come with some bad. Garage door openers that used a “fixed code” wireless system to open are vulnerable to breaches. It was discovered years ago that simple technology from an old toy could be used to open garage doors without a secure code. We won’t go into too much detail here, but will give the following warning: if your garage door is more than 5-10 years old, you may want to contact a specialist to see if you’re at risk of a break-in.

    Openers Are Required By Law to Be Safe

    If you’re in the market to buy a garage door opener, you can rest assured that you’ll be making a safe purchase. Because of a tragic history of injury, lawmakers were pushed to step in and push forward legislation in 1993 that required a minimum level of safety in all models of garage door openers. This includes sensors that can detect people walking under your door, which used to be a major threat to children’s safety. Since 1993, however, incidents with garage door opener-related injuries are pretty much unheard of.

    Openers Are Going High-Tech

    You’d think something that serves such a simple purpose wouldn’t become so complex, but that’s exactly what is happening to garage door openers. The top garage door manufactures are tricking out openers with all kinds of tech-savvy integrations. This includes Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, the ability to control the opener through an app, and LED lighting.

    Hopefully this information helps you to see your garage door openers as a valuable tool in your home! New openers add value to your home, as well as increased function and efficiency. If you’re looking to equip your home with a new garage door opener, give the experts at A-1 Door Company a call today!