Parking your car in the driveway is fine in the warmer months, but once the snow starts sticking, you’ll probably want to start leaving your vehicle in that permanently-attached storage unit technically called a “garage.” The first step to doing that, of course, is clearing out a spot big enough to actually dock your car inside. The second step should be making sure your garage door opens and shuts reliably.
That old garage door opener that probably came with your house may have worked fine on the occasional basis you needed it during the summer, but do you really trust it to work day in and day out when you’re depending on it to get to work on time? (And yes, you could plan on manhandling that door open and shut every time you use it, but that means braving the elements — which is what you were looking to avoid in the first place.)
Right now, Amazon is offering this Chamberlain Group belt drive garage door opener — the number-one-rated garage door opener found on the site, for what it’s worth — for 30 percent off the usual price. The steel-reinforced belt drive is connected to a motor that packs half a horsepower of pulling power, which should guarantee smooth, consistent door-raising action for years to come. It’s powered by a pair of lithium-ion batteries, so even if a nasty nor’easter knocks out power to the whole neighborhood, you can still come and go as you please. And the system can receive open and close commands from a quarter-mile away, which means less turning around and driving home to close the garage door because you forgot to do it.
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