Posted on: August 10, 2021

Picking the Perfect Opener: Features You Should Look For

If you need a new garage door opener, you may not know where to start. What are the qualities to look for in a good opener, and how can you find the right one for your home?

Two of the most essential qualities in a garage door opener are reliability and a low noise level. You want a garage door opener that will last for many years because it’s backed by a reliable manufacturer. LiftMaster® sets the standard in garage door openers. You also want an opener that stays quiet when the door opens and shuts.

We’ve put together this guide to finding the perfect opener that meets both these criteria.

Best Features on New Openers

  • Backup batteries: When your power goes out, your garage door still needs to function. In Florida, summer storms often strike without warning, and they can plunge your home into darkness for hours or even days. Getting a garage door opener with backup batteries ensures your garage door will still open and close until the power returns.
  • LED lighting: LED lights save energy and provide the same brightness as regular bulbs while keeping your energy costs low. In Florida, LED lighting is even more desirable because the bulbs do not get hot. The weather in the state is already warm, and you don’t need any additional sources of heat in the garage.
  • Wi-Fi-enabled: When you connect your garage door opener to Wi-Fi, you open up many opportunities, including operation using mobile devices.
  • Operated by smart devices: Openers with Wi-Fi can be opened and closed using smart devices that communicate with the opener. You get peace of mind and improved security when you use this feature. For example, if you can’t remember if you closed the garage door before you left for work, you can check on your smartphone and close the door.
  • Built-in security camera: When you buy a garage opener with a security camera, you can monitor what’s happening in your garage 24 hours a day. Some models even notify your smartphone of any signs of movement, providing exceptional security when you are on vacation or out of town.

Openers That Have Great Features

Now you know the best features on a garage door opener. Here are five openers that include everything you want in a device:

The unique corner-to-corner lighting offered by this device illuminates your entire garage, making for easy loading and unloading.

  • LiftMaster WLED: The unique corner-to-corner lighting offered by this device illuminates your entire garage, making for easy loading and unloading. It doesn’t jerk or pull when it starts to rise, and it provides nearly silent belt operation.
  • LiftMaster 85503: The LiftMaster® 85503 is a belt drive opener with a DC motor, offering a great combination of power and quiet operation. The opener also includes a backup battery so it can function even during a power outage. The 85503 is a smart, WiFi®-enabled opener that features an integrated camera, giving you the power to see what is happening in your garage through a live feed or recorded events
  • LiftMaster 8580WLB: The LiftMaster® 8580WLB opener, part of LiftMaster’s Elite Series, is built with the strongest motor and i-beam rail system, designed to lift the heaviest garage doors including full wooden doors and heavy reinforced impact-rated doors. The 8580WLB operates with on a chain drive and includes a backup battery so that the opener can operate even when the power is out.
  • LiftMaster 8550W: Take convenience and safety to a whole new level with the Liftmaster® 8550W. The first WiFi® garage door opener makes it easy to control your garage door from your smartphone. The 8550W comes fully equipped with Security+ 2.0®, myQ® Technology, a backup battery, and the Timer-to-Close feature. The reliable battery backup system guarantees access in and out of your garage, even when the power is out.
  • LiftMaster 8500W: This specially designed opener is mounted to the wall beside the garage door. The powerful DC motor provides ultra-quiet operation for smooth starting and stopping along with reduced noise. It also includes a standby power system for use even during a power outage.

Broten Garage Door Sales is a ProVantage LiftMaster® Dealer. You can buy these excellent garage door opener models from us with absolute peace of mind, and we can perform the installation for you, too. Browse our selection and get in touch for a free installation estimate.

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