As a homeowner, it goes without saying that you want to keep your loved ones, belongings, and property as safe as possible. Thanks to smart locks and their many tangible features, it’s now easier than ever to do just that.
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The following is a primer on the many reasons why you should invest in a smart lock this fall.
But First, What Exactly is a Smart Lock?
Instead of a traditional key, this Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled smart home device lets users lock and unlock doors with the tap of a finger or a simple voice command. Additionally, this technology can provide remote access, allowing you to unlock a door for any arriving friends, family members, service providers, and other guests. But perhaps best of all? If you install smart locks on your home, you no longer have to worry about finding, forgetting, or losing your keys.
Smart Lock Options
While every smart lock will lock and unlock a door, they’re not all created equal. If you install one that runs via Bluetooth, you may experience some connectivity issues if your front door is located too far from your smart home hub. At the same time, though, Bluetooth-enabled smart locks will work even when you don’t have a steady internet connection, and it uses very little power to operate.
A Wi-Fi-connected smart lock, on the other hand, will allow you to control the smart lock from virtually anywhere. Say you’re away on business and your pet sitter has arrived at your home. Instead of leaving a key under the mat, you can use the Wi-Fi smart lock to unlock your doors from any location. Wi-Fi smart locks do use more “juice,” so you’ll have to change the batteries more frequently.
The 5 Benefits of Smart Locks
1. Smart Locks Offer Immense Convenience
Instead of fumbling around for your keys while standing in the rain on a cold autumn night, you can easily get into your home with the tap of a finger or via facial recognition technology.
2. They Also Make Your Home More Secure
With more than 1 million burglaries occurring in the U.S. every year, installing a smart lock may very well help reduce the chances of your home being vandalized. Additionally, smart locks can be programmed to lock automatically. Thus, if you’re running late and forget to lock your door, the smart lock will remember for you.
3. Smart Locks Function Regardless of a Power Outage
In the event of a massive storm or another major weather event, having a smart lock in place means you’ll still have constant access to your home in spite of the outside conditions. As a backup, some models come with a traditional key that can be used when necessary.
4. Allow Others to Have Access, On Your Terms
Additionally, smart locks provide a means for you to give out “virtual keys” to any visitors to your home that you know and trust. For example, such a system allows any guests or service workers to come and go as they please. Best of all, you’re able to change out your smart lock passcode as you see fit, ensuring your home always remains secure.
5. Smart Locks Often Come with an Alert Feature
Much like a Ring Video Doorbell, this feature will inform you of all the action at your front door. This way, you’ll know when your teenager arrives home from school, your housekeeper shows up to clean, and/or when your company heads out.
Round Out the Year with a More Secure Home
After using traditional keys for a lifetime, it may be difficult to wrap your head around the idea that you can toss away your key chain once and for all. But with the power of a smart lock on your front door, you can enter the fall and winter seasons confident in the fact that your home can be more secure — and that you’ll no longer have to worry about losing or misplacing your keys ever again.