It’s the time of year for chilly nights, pumpkin spice, and ghost stories. While your plans for Halloween may be fright-filled, shopping for a new garage door opener doesn’t have to be. With a wide variety of models to choose from, each offering different conveniences and capabilities, selecting the right fit for your home can feel overwhelming. In the spirit of the Halloween season, LiftMaster has created a simple guide to make garage door opener shopping fear-free and tailored to your home/lifestyle preference. Answer these questions to determine what kind of garage door opener is right for you:  

  1. Is your garage attached to the house? 

If your current garage door opener sounds like a chainsaw-wielding maniac in a haunted house, you’ll be relieved to find how quiet a new opener can be. Installing a wall mount garage opener like the 8500W  or an ultra-quiet belt drive opener like the WLED  can minimize noise and ceiling vibrations and are great options for homes with living spaces adjacent to or above the garage.  

  1. Want to control, secure and monitor your garage door anytime from anywhere?  

Let’s be honest, the garage is not the first part of the home people often look to make smart. However, it should be at the top of the list. As the home’s most important and largest access point, why wouldn’t you want more insight and control over its daily activities? With smart garage door opener powered by myQ you’ll never be haunted by the often-thought question – “did I remember to close the garage door?”  Get real-time alerts when your garage opens or closes to keep track of daily comings and goings, such as when your kids arrive home. Some models, like the LiftMaster Secure View, have a built-in camera, adding live streaming video, recorded events, and 2-way communication. The myQ app lets you control, secure and monitor the garage anytime, from anywhere. Offering more than the ability to simply open and close a garage door from your smart phone, homeowners with myQ smart garage control benefit from on-the-go management of daily activities: 

Looking for a secure place for your package deliveries?  

Key by Amazon In-Garage Delivery works exclusively with myQ smart garage technology. Prime members can link their myQ app with the Key by Amazon App for free, contactless In-Garage Delivery – no more missing or weather damaged packages. 

 Check here to see if In-Garage Delivery is available in your area.    

Need a simple way to let the dog walker or service repairman in without giving them keys to the house? Use the myQ app to provide guest access without sharing an access code or a key and stay in control over who has access to your home. 

Want to make sure the kids made it home from school or your teenager made it home at night?  

Set alerts on your myQ app and keep track of when your loved ones are coming and going. 

  1. Do you often experience power outages? 

If you are a mad scientist intent on using lightning to harness the powers of life and death, intense storms are probably your thing. If you are a homeowner, not so much. A power outage caused by extreme weather can become not only an inconvenience but a major safety and security issue. In those moments you need to feel confident that you can quickly enter and exit your garage. Openers with integrated battery backup like the LiftMaster 8360WLB and LiftMaster 8550WLB allow you to safely get in and out of your garage even when the power is out 

  1. Are you looking to increase the lighting in your garage?   

Whether you are afraid of the dark or just want better lighting, you can banish those dark corners and see your garage in a whole new light with openers that have integrated LED lighting.  The LiftMaster WLED is a good choice for homeowners who keep a workbench in their garage or are looking for a nice open space for hosting their next séance. The possibilities are endless.   

  1. Do you need more storage space? 

 If you are already having nightmares about where to hide away all of those Halloween decorations after October 31st, you might want to consider a wall mount opener to get some extra space. The  LiftMaster 8500W will help you stay organized and optimize space within your garage since it mounts alongside the garage door rather than on the ceiling, creating space for additional storage.