Keyless entry is a basic feature you can add to your house. Whether or not you've already installed a smarthome system, adding keyless door locks is often a good option and a nice upgrade. In fact, keyless locks are commonly one of the first smarthome features installed.
Why Install Keyless Entry?
Everyone has their own reason for wanting to make their home keyless. The main advantage? You don't need a key! So, that’s obvious, right? But think of the advantages of going keyless. Not only do you avoid harried mornings searching for misplaced keys, you also avoid potential security breaches that come from having a key in the first place. Keys can get lost or stolen (and maybe found by an intruder) or the door may be more easily broken into.
Keyless entries are also great if you have visitors or houseguests. Your friends are visiting for the weekend? All you have to do is give them the code so they can come and go as they please. Or, if you forget to give them the code and you're away from home, you can unlock the door from your smartphone. Safety is another reason to consider installing a keyless entry. Depending on the system you choose to install, you can track who and when someone enters your home. Additionally, if the wrong code is punched in too many times, the door will alert the authorities.
Finding the Right Type of Lock for Your Home
If you go online and Google “keyless entry,” you'll be overwhelmed with the results as there are several types to choose from. You can install keyless entries that can be accessed only with a code; with a fingerprint scanner, or with your smartphone. In fact, some may have all of the tech and still have a spot for an old-fashioned key. Make sure you choose a keyless option that fits your home and your lifestyle. No matter what keyless entry you choose, make sure it has more than one way of unlocking and back-up power source in case of a power outage. After all, the last thing you want is to be locked out of your own home.
Finding the Right Brand
In addition to finding the right type of keyless entry, you also need to consider brand. Some people prefer certain brands over others for very specific reasons. All in all, make sure you're getting information from reliable sources. Some of what you'll see or hear is just hearsay. You should try to keep a few things in mind.
Consider Using All One Brand
Chances are, a keyless entry isn't going to be the only smarthome tech you've installed or will install; so consider using all the same brand. Smarthome tech companies create their products so they’re easy to integrate. While mixing brands and products is not unheard of by any means, integration may be simpler if all of your tech comes from the same company.
Companies that have been around for a while have likely lasted for a reason. They often know what they're doing, and it’s best to take note of that. While you need to consider the well-established brands, don't overlook new tech companies either. There are plenty of companies out there that have innovative products designed to make your life easier and just a little bit cooler.
Once you’ve chosen the right keyless entry system for your home, it’s time to try it out. Do you feel more secure? Just remember that there are a variety of keyless entries out there. If you don’t like one type of entry system, you can always choose another. Even though the goal is more security, it’s ultimately about personal preference. Good luck!