Clopay’s Door Imagination System is an invaluable tool for customers shopping for a new garage door.
It’s really hard to imagine the impact a new garage door can have on your home until you see it with your own eyes. But you can’t try on a bunch of ACTUAL different doors. That’s why Clopay created this virtual tool.
Here they walk you through how to use it step-by-step in this informative blog post:
One of the best things about summertime is going on vacation. Here’s an excellent article we found on ways to keep your home extra safe while you’re away. One of the items they mention on the checklist is to turn off your electric garage door so that so thieves won’t be able to open it using a universal remote. Great tip!
Getting away from it all … isn’t that one of the great things about summer? Whether you own a vacation home, or you’re planning a vacation to a favorite place, the key word is “vacate.” While you’re gone, your house will be unattended (and if you have a second home, it’s probably unattended quite often). Will everything be safe? You may take certain precautionary measures — stopping the mail, locking doors and windows — to thwart thieves. But many things can go wrong inside your home with electric devices, plumbing, or even your home’s air quality.
“Fortunately, with today’s technology, there are ways to monitor what’s going on even when you’re not there,” says Dave Borowski, spokesperson for Direct Energy Protection Plans. Here’s how to ensure home safety even when you’re not home:
- Install timers on lights. This is a standard tip to make your home look occupied, but it also saves energy — imagine the wattage waste if a light is on 24/7! Be sure to test those timers before you leave.
- Unplug certain home electronics such as your desktop computer, TV, coffee pot and alarm clocks. You’ll save energy, you won’t worry that you accidentally left them on, and you’ll protect them from any power surges that might occur while you’re away. Turn off your off your electric garage door, too, so thieves won’t be able to open it using a universal remote.
- Take the portable GPS out of your car if you’re using long-term parking at an airport. Thieves will know you’re not home — and they can use the device to find out where you live.
- Get in touch with your security monitoring company to let them know you’re going away, and make sure they have contact info for you that is current and correct.
Being able to monitor your home from a distance gives you an extra measure of protection — whether you’re away from your primary residence or you have a vacation property.
- Adjust the temperature from anywhere. Clearly, you don’t want the air conditioning going full blast when you’re away! “Imagine you’re at the airport, ready to go away, and you realize you forgot to adjust the thermostat — you’ll be cooling the house for two weeks while you’re on a cruise,” says Borowski. “With The Comfort Sentry Thermostat, all you have to do is open your smart phone, and set the thermostat to ‘vacation’ mode.” Then you’re literally good to go!
- Keep humidity controlled. You might think you don’t need the AC on at all when you’re away — but that could be a mistake. “The real problem isn’t temperature, but humidity,” explains Borowski. The house can cool down quickly if it’s hot, but steamy or rainy weather could create damp, musty indoor air that’s a breeding ground for mold. “Comfort Sentry has a device to monitor relative humidity. If your home gets too wet and steamy, it will automatically put on the AC or a dehumidifier in the house when you’re gone.”
- Keep tabs on a vacation home. That home-away-from-home can be great, but how will you know if a problem arises? “New technology allows homeowners to monitor what’s going on, no matter where you are,” says Borowski. You can get a message to your phone that a home several states away is too hot or too cold, that a sump pump isn’t working, and so on. That will give you a vacation from worry!
June is the perfect month to be aware of garage door safety. With the start of summer vacation, children will be coming and going through the garage now more than at any other time of year. PLEASE check your garage doors and openers to make sure they are working properly, especially the photoelectric eye (safety eye) component. It is very easy to test this:
To test a garage door opener, place a roll of paper towels under the door, and lower it. When the door hits the towels, it should reverse. If it doesn’t, have it checked.
A professional should inspect and make any repairs, but here are a few tips on other things to watch for:
- Check that the door opens and closes smoothly. If not, the springing system may need to be adjusted or replaced.
- Look for loose brackets on the garage door. Because they are under tension, they can cause serious injury if loosened or removed.
- Gauge the age of your garage door springs. They, too, are tightly wound and can cause damage or injury if they wear out and break.
- Check for any frayed or worn cables.
- Teach children about garage door safety. Place the control switch for the garage door opener at least 5′ above the floor so that small children can’t reach it; remind them that the garage door opener is not a toy.
- Use the red emergency cord to release the garage door locking mechanism if the power is out.
An annual visit from a trained garage door technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly. For more safety and maintenance advice visit www.clopaydoor.com.
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Excellent blog post by Driven By Decor blogger, who recently had her home’s garage door replaced with a Clopay door. Here are Kris’s tips for making the right choice for a new garage door for your home:
Uncle Sam is offering you a tax incentive to improve your home’s energy efficiency and curb appeal.
If you purchased and installed an ENERGY STAR® qualified Clopay entry door in 2012 or plan to in 2013, you may be able to take advantage of a federal energy tax credit worth up to $500.
The credit equals 10% of the product cost with a lifetime maximum of $500.
For example, if an entry door costs $2,000, the tax credit would be worth $200. Labor and installation charges are not included.
To be eligible for the tax credit, entry doors must:
- Meet ENERGY STAR program requirements
- Be installed in a taxpayer’s existing primary residence between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.
How to claim the credit:
- Obtain a receipt showing the purchase price of the door, excluding labor and installation charges, and the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
- Submit tax form 5695 to claim the credit for the year the purchase was made.
- If you claimed a residential energy efficiency credit in a previous tax year, consult a tax professional or visit www.irs.gov to determine your eligibility for this credit.
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