Top 4 Smart Locks to Protect Your Home
Thanks to advances in smart home innovation, nearly everyone can have an in-depth home security system. Door locks may seem like a simple, cheap purchase as the first line of defense against home intruders. However, smart locks offer an added level of security as well as extra piece of mind. The most common feature found in smart door locks is Bluetooth. This allows homeowners to pair their smartphone with the lock to use it as a type of keyless fob to gain entry. No more fumbling for keys when your hands are full. As soon as your phone comes in range of the smart lock on the door, the door's locking mechanism will unlatch for you.
- Works well with Schlange Sense app on Android, iPhone, and other smartphone devices
- Includes a backup key for external use
- Battery operated and will warn you when the battery is low
- Has a three-year electronics warranty
- Create access codes for indivudals like dog walker, mom, and kids
These connected devices can pair with your smart home network for added security. This allows homeowners the ability to check on locks when away from home and to even grant temporary access to other relatives or visitors. For example, many smart locks also offer a companion app. If you have a visitor to your house (such as a plumber, landlord, or even AirBNB customer), these visitors can also download the app and be given access to your lock for a limited period of time.
Many smart locks also include features such as fingerprint readers and numerical keypads. This also allows owners and guests to gain entrance into buildings without the need for multiple keys, which can be lost or copied. Basic models start as cheap as $50. More sophisticated models with smart home pairing capabilities can fetch as high as $250.
Additionally, different finishes can up the cost further depending upon the material. This may also be a problem for homeowners who wish to match the existing color and style of their home. Those who upgrade (without having planned to incorporate smart models from the outset) may find a limited number of cosmetic options from which to choose. In most cases, though, if the exact finish and color are not offered, a close approximate is often available.
One drawback to consider is that smart locks, unlike their traditional counterparts, need a power source in order to function. The most common option is batteries, though these will need to be changed regularly and can be somewhat of a hassle to keep up with. More expensive options also include smart locks wired into the building's electricity. However, should the power ever go out (along with your Wi-Fi), your expensive smart lock will simply become a very expensive traditional lock.