Believe it or not, the new year will be here before you know it, and there are plenty of resolutions you can make that involve your garage door.

Most people make their New Year’s resolutions to get fit or to eat healthier, but unfortunately, the vast majority of people fail to keep their resolutions. However, New Year’s resolutions don’t just have to be about your health or how you look! If you want to actually keep your resolution in 2017, you should try to make it something easy. Here at Garage Door Services, we believe that any resolution that can enhance your home or keep your garage door in great shape is a wonderful option, and that’s why we’ve come up with this list of easy, garage-door-related New Year’s resolutions:

#1. Keep your garage door in great shape.

Your garage door opener, like anything else mechanical, requires regular maintenance in order to keep it in good shape and extend its life. Luckily, it doesn’t take a whole lot of your time or energy to keep your garage in tip-top shape; you really just need to inspect it once every six months to ensure that everything is working as it should. Inspections are so valuable because they help to alert you to small issues before they become worse and cost more to fix. If you are unsure about what to look for, don’t hesitate to turn to the experts for your inspection.

#2. Stay on top of necessary repairs.

Inspecting your garage door opener is just the first step to extending the life of your garage door and keeping it in great shape. When issues come up with your garage door, it’s also necessary to get repairs done promptly. Some common garage door problems, such as a broken torsion spring, can be incredibly dangerous to repair, especially if you don’t have the proper tools or experience. That’s why, when an issue arises with your garage door, your best bet is to always turn to the professionals for the repairs you need.

#3. Make your garage door more secure.

Your garage door is the biggest and, in some homes, the most vulnerable entrance into your home to break-ins. One common way that burglars break into garage doors is by hacking into garage door openers. Luckily, new technology makes it impossible for burglars to hack into your garage. Learn more about how new technology can make your garage door more secure from hacking and other security risks by checking out our previous blog.

#4. Know what to do in a power outage.

If the power goes out, your garage door opener won’t be able to open and close. This may not be a big deal if you are planning to stay home anyway, but if you need to get to work or anywhere else, the last thing that you want is for your car to be stuck in your garage. Every homeowner should learn how to disconnect the automatic garage door opener so that they can open their garage door manually.

#5.  Never idle your car inside of your garage.

No one wants to get in a freezing, cold car first thing in the morning, and it’s all too tempting to start your garage when it’s still in the garage. That little bit of convenience and warmth is not worth the risks of exposing yourself to carbon monoxide. Keep in mind that, even if the garage door is open, there simply isn’t enough ventilation to idle your car safely in the garage. If you need to warm up your car, pull it into the driveway first, and don’t leave it unattended. In Colorado, it is illegal to leave an unattended car idling.

#6. Get your garage door replaced.

Have you been living with a garage door that isn’t working properly or just doesn’t look very attractive? It may be time to replace it! Garage door installation in Loveland is one of the best things you can do to enhance your home’s curb appeal; plus, you can rest assured that your new garage door will open and close as it should reliably.

These are just a few of the many garage-door-related New Year’s resolutions you could make for a safer, more secure and more attractive home. Please contact the experts at Garage Door Service if you need help keeping them!