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NVH

In the automotive industry, NVH refers to something to be minimized: Noise, Vibration and Harshness. We have similar goals for our homes (witness some of the newest washers!)

But a too-often overlooked NVH area is in the garage. More specifically, the garage door opener. In both of our last two homes, we've had bedrooms directly above the garage. The builder has included garage door openers, so you check that item off your list and move on to something more exciting.

Most garage door openers are anything but quiet or vibration-free. Every time someone comes home through the garage at night, someone else gets woken up. Or at least everyone in the home knows someone's just arrived. That's because most of the popular-priced garage door openers are chain-type drives with traditional motors. For about $100 more you could opt for a screw-drive opener which is quieter. But what you really want is to specify a belt-drive opener (an additional $100 to $150 more than the screw-drive). These units are remarkably quiet and vibration-free. And very low-maintenance. And dependable. And long lasting. Long after you've forgotten the modest price differential, you'll still be appreciating your top quality, quiet garage door opener.



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