If this is the year you plan to ditch your big bunch of house keys and the frustration that comes with losing an important key, this blog is for you.
Home security is not what it used to be. With smart devices being such an integral part of our homes, it only makes sense for home security to go in that direction too.
Digital locks make it harder for intruders to access your home and you have the convenience of being able to let anyone in without having to be at home.
Let’s get started by looking at some of the features of digital locks.
The Best Digital Lock Features: What to Expect
Digital locks are designed with security and ease of use in mind. Here are some of the features you can expect when you buy one:
- Various unlocking options include fingerprints, pins, and smartphone taps.
- Some digital locks have fire detection capabilities, which leads to automatic door unlocking.
- Override functionality is always present in the event of a malfunction.
- Some digital lock brands include touchscreens, and all locks have a backup key.
- Jumpstart nodes are included at the bottom of digital locks in the event of a low battery.
What to Consider Before You Buy a Digital Lock
As with anything related to the security of your home, you want to consider all the important factors. Here is what’s important when it comes to a digital lock:
The features of a digital lock need to fit in with your lifestyle and preferences. One example of a core feature is the communication protocol that the lock uses – this can be Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Z-Wave. Whether or not you want to be able to connect the lock to other third-party devices and provide people with pins to get inside should also guide your decision.
Next, decide how you would prefer to interact with a digital lock. Do you only want to use your smartphone to unlock it, or would you also prefer to be able to use a pin or touchscreen? Keep in mind that pins can be risky since they could fall into the wrong hands. However, many of today’s digital locks allow you to add expiry dates to any pin you generate.
Durability and Design
Digital locks are an investment in your home’s security, so, naturally, you want them to last a good few years. Read up on a lock’s ability to withstand specific weather conditions before you buy it. It also helps to read a few reviews to find out more about what other homeowners have experienced with a specific lock.
Then there’s the design. You want to pick a lock that fits in with your home’s aesthetic. You won’t always be able to find a lock that doesn’t stand out at all, but you can pick a design that matches your front door and the exterior of your home. Fortunately, there are a number of styles available.
Next, there’s that all-important matter of price. What are you willing to spend on a digital lock? This too will help you narrow down your list of options, making it easier to decide. As you can imagine, the more feature-rich a lock is, the more it’s going to cost, so keep this in mind.
Lastly, for added peace of mind, choose a digital lock brand that offers a warranty. In general, you can expect anything from a one to five-year warranty, depending on the brand you choose. With a warranty, you won’t need to worry about any defects that you discover after or during installation.
Digital locks can be a valuable addition to your home and make your life just a little more convenient. If you need any help with digital lock suggestions or the installation, contact Quickly Locksmith on (305) 984-9922.