At some point, we all do it. You pull up to the house in a rush, push the button on the opener, park and then run inside to handle an emergency. Maybe the kids are out playing and need the garage door open, so they can get their toys out and then put them up. Whatever the case, you end up leaving the garage door open overnight. That’s no big deal, right? Actually, it is a bigger deal than you might realise.
Leaving your garage door open for any length of time can be very risky, for several different reasons. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most important reasons that you should never leave your door open longer than absolutely necessary.
DON’T BE A TARGET OF PERTH CRIME
Think that leaving your garage door open is fine as long as it’s during the daylight hours? Think again. Thieves scope out the homes they hit well before they attempt to break in, and an open garage door gives them all the information they need to determine if they need to come back to your place. With the door open, they can tell exactly what you have to offer. That includes a wide range of things, including:
- Your vehicle(s)
- Lawn mowers and yard equipment
- Power tools and hand tools
Sure, your homeowner’s insurance or garage door insurance will cover might at least some of the loss, but let’s face it – it won’t really cover the replacement costs. You’ll get fair value only, which means you will not be able to replace everything that was stolen.
LETTING INSECTS, PETS OR WORSE INSIDE
Human threats are not the only things you should be concerned about. There are plenty of problem characters in the natural world. Foxes, mice, rats, even snakes and other pests can easily invade your home when the garage door is up. Perhaps they’re in search of shelter to get away from the weather. Maybe they want to get into that bag of Cat food you’ve got stored in there. Whatever the case, they’ll get in, do a lot of damage, and then attempt to escape again, possibly chewing a hole right through your garage door’s weatherstripping in the process.
STORMY WEATHER IN PERTH
You’ve lived in your home long enough to know that the weather can be fickle. A warm, sunny day can quickly turn dark and stormy. A mild autumn day can turn bitterly cold. If you leave your garage door open, weather fluctuations, even rain, can make their way into the garage. Even if you don’t store anything of importance in there, that still makes it harder to maintain the right temperature within your home.
HOW CAN I ENSURE MY GARAGE DOOR IS CLOSED?
So, given the importance of keeping your garage door shut and secure, how can you make sure that it is? You have a couple of options.
- A Garage Door Monitor (829LM) – One option is to use a garage door monitor that alerts you to whether the door is open or closed via an LED light. You can close the door with the touch of a button, as well.
- Monitor 829LM – Liftmaster’s MyQ Technology: You’ll find that the Chamberlain company has been offering its patented MyQ technology since 2017, allowing you to connect your smartphone to your garage door and control it from a hand app. You can even open or close the door from wherever you are in the world.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE?
The single most important takeaway here is this – never leave your garage door open longer than absolutely necessary. From thieves to pests to weather, it can wreak havoc on your life. Even if you don’t purchase one of the monitoring systems listed above, you should make checking the garage door part of your nightly routine.
WANT A GARAGE DOOR MONITOR INSTALLED?
Just contact a garage door specialist in your area and they can guide you through the process with ease. We here at the Perth Garage Door Company have installed many garage door monitors that can keep your garage door closed whenever it doesn’t need to be, even tracking it from your phone.