Ways to increase the efficiency of your automatic gate
An automatic gate is a fantastic investment for any property. Not only does it significantly improve security by creating controlled access to your property, it can add value to your home while providing a stylish fixture at your entranceway, giving plenty of advantages and very few drawbacks.
Better still, there’s some things that can be done to improve the overall efficiency of your automatic gate after is has been installed, meaning you get even more bang for your buck with your new gate system.
Let’s take a closer look at 5 ways to increase the efficiency of your automatic gate:
Keep it Well Lubricated
It’s recommended that you lubricate the parts on your automatic gate every six months, although it’s often a good idea to do it more frequently. This is because a well lubricated gate is going to open and close with greater efficiency while reducing wear and tear, so it’s a simple bit of maintenance that can make a big difference.
There aren’t many parts that need lubricated either so its easy enough to do. Just check the chain, pully, hinges and screws, adding a drop of lubricant every few months to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.
There are few things worse than dealing with an automatic gate during a power cut, which is why investing in a back up battery is highly recommended. This means that gate continues to operate in the event of a power out, with most spare batteries offering a few dozen open close cycles, which is usually enough to see you through until the power returns.
The antenna inside of an automatic gate usually has a range between 100-150 feet but you can increase this by adding an improved antenna into the system.
For example, a hi gain antenna can double the range of your average antenna in an automatic gate, meaning you can control the gate from even further distances, which is a big bonus for many homeowners, particularly those with longer driveways.
Additionally, an improved antenna is great for improving the performance of the gate system in rural or built up areas, which often have poorer signals.
High Speed Motor
A relatively newer addition the market, high speed motors can significantly improve the efficiency of your gate, making closing and opening much faster. This can be especially useful if your gate takes too long to open and close, which isn’t just annoying but also a potential security risk, as the longer it’s opened the more exposed the property becomes.
Internal Gate Controls
Many automatic gate systems come with an additional internal gate control, which is a fine addition to the system as it can improve the performance and management of your gate from the comfort of the house.
For instance, if you upgrade to a touchscreen gate and light controller, you can adjust the settings from inside, set automatic timers for certain days and hours for easier access control, and receive notifications of any possible faults within the system.