How to Select the Best Keyless Lock for Your HomeFeb 06, 2020
More and more homeowners are becoming interested in upgrading their front door locks to keyless. And while keyless entry is the way of the future, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions.
So how should people who are looking to go keyless proceed? Right here is a great place to start. We’re outlining everything homeowners should consider selecting the best smart lock option for their needs and preferences—including their existing hardware and tech.
WHAT ARE SMART LOCKS?
Also known as keyless locks, smart locks allow people to enter a home without a physical key. They typically rely on either a smartphone app, electronic fob, or a touchpad to unlock the door. Some may feature fingerprint recognition or voice command technology.
How do these locks work? Smart locks are typically battery operated and might also require a network connection such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-wave or Zigbee technology.
Electronic keyless locks work by touchpad using personalized digital codes. With RFID technology, they can also work using a key fob or sticker. Usually, battery-operated, most electronic keyless locks also provide a manual key override as a backup. Although electronic locks do not offer remote control access and monitoring, a lot of people prefer them precisely for that reason. They don’t want the potential risks that can come with wireless connection technology.
A WiFi connection is ideal for those who want to monitor traffic and control their keyless locks remotely. A WiFi lock works for those users not needing a home automation platform such as Alexa or Google Home. A WiFi lock may require a gateway or device for connection.
Bluetooth-enabled smart locks consume less battery power than other alternatives, but their range is limited. As such, the Bluetooth signal must be strong enough to control the door from inside your home, the driveway, and the entryway.
- Z-Wave & Zigbee
Z-Wave and Zigbee are forms of wireless technology that is widely used with home automation platforms such as Samsung Smart things (IoT), Wink, and others.
Regardless of the network connectivity options you choose, one thing is consistent throughout smart locks are versatile, simple to use, and represent a seamless solution for the security of your home.
THE CONVENIENCE OF KEYLESS LIVING
The freedom and convenience of keyless living feature several benefits. With a keyless lock system, homeowners will be amazed by how easy their lives become.
That said, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure a smooth transition. Here are four essential things to consider:
Not all keyless locks are the same. Before committing to a specific brand or product, you will want to evaluate your existing system to make sure your new lock is compatible.
This means you’ll want to take a close look at your door, your current locks, and the smart home security features you already have (if applicable).
Put simply, you will want to do some prep work. This will range from comparing the measurements of your door to the lock sizing requirements of your new solution, to ordering the correct handing for locks with levers.
Additional factors to consider: Some keyless locks can be installed around your existing deadbolt. Others will require a replacement — especially for older homes. And if you’re swapping out locks for a keyless solution, you need to make sure your new system is installed correctly on both sides of the door. Make sense?
Ultimately, you need to cover all your bases and make decisions accordingly. When it comes to keyless living, compatibility really is key—pun intended.
While exploring your options in keyless entry systems, think about the smart features you value most.
Are you hoping to install a solution that incorporates Bluetooth and WiFi rather than Z-Wave or Zigbee tech?
Is your focus on integration with other smart home systems—say, a smart doorbell—along with phones and tablets?
While these are solid features for enabling remote control and access over home entry, they’ll also require extra safety measures when you connect the system. For this reason, some homeowners prefer a simple, straightforward electronic lock with keyless entry via touch pad.
But again, the right solution will vary based on your needs. To decide on the features that make sense for your home and family, you might ask yourself questions such as:
- How smooth is the lock functionality?
In other words, how quickly—or easily—does the keyless lock respond to opening/locking?
- How many digital key codes are allowed?
Is the keypad solution you’re considering equipped to handle creating digital keys for all your friends, family, guests, dog walkers, and other trusted visitors?
- What are your options if the smart lock fails?
You will want to make sure you can still access your home if the system fails. Therefore, you might consider a solution with a manual key override feature.
- What does your battery life look like?
Again, Z-Wave and Zigbee technology can operate using low battery power, while WiFi typically requires a much higher amount. Bluetooth doesn’t need much power, but it generally requires close physical proximity.
- Does the smart lock system offer keyless entry by fob?
Maybe you prefer a keyless lock that provides straight-up convenience but doesn’t require a smartphone. A system with entry by touchpad or fob will still offer great ease of use.
You care deeply for your home and family—and you want your smart lock to reflect that.
While safety is the third item on our list here, the truth is that security is the top priority for those going keyless.
So, consider your options. Does the solution you’re looking at have a robust, sturdy build? Does it exceed high-level industry testing standards? Does it include anti-pry features? What about fingerprint-resistant keypads, and remote monitoring to keep unwanted visitors at bay?
No matter the solution you choose, you should look for a keyless lock solution that doesn’t compromise on security and peace of mind protection for your home.
Finally, you want to make sure your keyless entry system offers the support you need to troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Will you be able to get a live person to help you through an immediate need?
To make the ideal smart lock decision, make sure you know what kind of support the lock manufacturer offers. Ask questions based on your desired solution. And most importantly, select an option you can rely on.
READY TO EMBRACE KEYLESS LIVING?
For many homeowners, upgrading to keyless entry is a brand-new experience. So, don’t be afraid to ask questions upfront. Don’t hesitate to read product reviews and scroll through FAQ pages. You may even want to contact the manufacturer directly or speak with a professional locksmith before installing your keyless lock.
Think about what you want your keyless entry experience to look like. Will you buy a smart lock and install it on your own? Would you prefer to work with a provider who can help get your system up and running, so you can make the most out of your new lifestyle?
Before long, you’ll want to install keyless locks on all your doors.
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