Why You Shouldn’t Skimp On A Garage Door Opener

Many people view having a garage door opener as a luxury, even an unnecessary one. Among them are not people who have been locked out because they lost the house keys, have spent hours of their life cranking open manual garages and those who keep forgetting to run back in the house for one last thing. 

Imagine you’re getting ready for a friend’s wedding. You’ve spent time preparing your hair and dry cleaning your nicest clothes and suddenly it’s pouring rain outside. Do you really want to manually push open your heavy garage door and then have to get back out of your car again in the pouring rain to close it? Probably not, unless you fancy showing up to everything looking like you jumped in a lake. 

Or imagine it’s freezing cold outside. Do you really want to spend any time in your garage opening the door when you could just go straight from your warm house to your warm car? 

So we understand that having a garage door opener is important, but how much should you spend on one? What features are the most important? 

First, you need to see how much horsepower you will need. If you have an extremely heavy garage door (like a wooden or insulated one), you could need 3/4 or 1 horsepower. If you have a standard garage door, 1/2 horsepower should be plenty. However, it’s always better to be overpowered than underpowered. You don’t want your garage door opener to snap under pressure and drop your door. They’re not very easy to replace if that happens. Also, the higher the horsepower, the faster your garage door will open, and if you’re often running late and/or in a hurry, it could make a huge difference for you. Most garage door openers will lift your garage door at 6-8 inches per second. A heavier door will be a little slower to open on a weaker opener, so if you have a heavy door, it would be better to have the greater horsepower to help you leave the house faster. 

Safety is also a huge factor in choosing a garage door opener. If you skimp out and choose the cheapest one, you could endanger yourself and your property. Almost all (Remember that, almost) garage door openers feature lasers that can sense if something is below the door while it’s closing. This feature can protect you and your family from accidentally getting crushed underneath the door. Most standard openers come with this feature, but you should always check. Some of the cheaper models don’t include this. Some openers also have a reverse feature. The reverse feature means the door won’t just stop over you or your kid’s basketball that’s trapped under the door but instead will begin to open again so that you can remove whatever is in the way. 

There are three main kinds of garage door openers; chain, belt, and screw driven. Chain driven openers are the cheapest and most common and will usually loosen over time. Belt driven openers such as the Chamberlain b550 will last a little bit longer and are a little more expensive than chain openers. Lastly, screw driven openers are the quietest and sturdiest of the three, however, they open much slower than the other two, so if speed is your game you might want to go with a belt driven opener instead. 

Lastly, some modern garage door openers have apps that you can access from your phone. No more keeping track of the garage door opener! Hopefully, now you can see why a quality garage door opener is worth the extra money. 

2018’s Hottest Kitchen Essentials

Have you been searching for the best kitchen essentials of 2018? Are you wondering how you can make your kitchen stand out from the crowd? There’s never been a better time to start investing in the kitchen equipment you need to create healthy, well-rounded meals for yourself and for your family. The right kitchen equipment can help you cook more efficiently, as well as enable you to cook a more varied number of dishes and meals. Here’s what you need to know about finding the best kitchen essentials of 2018.

Shopping

When you’re ready to start looking for great new kitchen essentials, make sure you take your time. There’s no need to rush when you’re ready to shop for the best possible items for your kitchen. Consider all of your choices before finalizing your decision. This will help ensure you get something truly fantastic. It’s important to read both labels and reviews in order to choose the most fantastic products for your kitchen.

Products

It’s no secret that the KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer is one of the best products of 2018. This mixer makes creating fantastic, unbeatable meals and dishes a simple, easy task. Whether you want to mix muffins, brownies, cakes, or something entirely different, having a reliable stand mixer is one of the most important tools your kitchen arsenal needs.

An adjustable rolling pin is also a go-to gadget this season. Rolling pins are usable for a variety of meals and recipes and are effective because they give you full control. Whether you want to roll something thickly or thinly, you’ll be able to do it with this style of rolling pin.

If you’re a tea drinker, make sure you consider a special tea-focused gadget this year: the Teforia Infuser. This infuser is designed to brew one of the best cups of tea you’ve ever had in your life. It’s easy to use, easy to enjoy, and easy to clean. If you love drinking tea, consider adding this to your list of kitchen must-haves.

Selection

When you’re ready to select unbeatable products for your kitchen, make sure you start shopping as soon as possible. The right items can make an incredible difference in how you prepare and enjoy your meals. Take your time choosing devices and appliances you can use over and over again. The more versatile an item is, the more likely you are to use it frequently.

Always pay attention when you buy a new kitchen device. Whether you’re purchasing something you’ve used before or the item is completely new, make sure you know what your rights and responsibilities are as a consumer. Some devices come with a warranty that will offer you protection if something goes wrong with the device, while others do not. Make sure you save your proof of purchase and find out as quickly as possible if your item comes with a manufacturer’s warranty. The retailer you purchase the item from may offer an additional warranty, as well.

No matter what type of baking or cooking you plan to do, investing in the year’s hottest kitchen essentials can be an incredible experience, so don’t wait! Start shopping today.