Security has come a long way in the last few decades. With wireless internet and smart technology, we can achieve some amazing things. We’ve now got smart toilets, smart thermostats, smart garage doors, and…smart locks. If you’ve ever considered installing smart locks in your home or office, then this guide will help you decide.
What can smart locks do?
A smart door lock is an electronic, keyless entry system. It uses wi-fi or Bluetooth signals in order to interact with other electronic devices. By installing an app on your phone, you can lock and unlock your door without the need for a key. You can, alternatively, use electronic key fobs to interact with your smart lock.
Like keyless entry to your car, smart door locks can automatically unlock when you are in range with your connected smartphone or key fob. For smart locks that work using wi-fi, you’ll have further functionalities like being able to lock and unlock your door remotely. This can be useful if you’re worried you accidentally left the door unlocked or if your kid calls you saying they’re locked out. You can also open the door remotely if a plumber or the postman need to get into your home while you’re away, for example.
Granting temporary access
Here’s another handy feature of some smart locks, offering another solution if the plumber or a dog walker need to access your home. You can create a virtual temporary key and send it to someone’s phone. This will allow them to use their phone to unlock your door. The temporary key will then stop working after the time you specify. This means you don’t have to go out of your way to be at home, and you don’t have to risk giving them a physical copy of your key.
What are the benefits of smart locks?
The main advantage of using smart locks is their convenience. You don’t have to worry about carrying keys around and potentially losing or forgetting them. Once you reach your door, you don’t have to rummage around in your bag for your keys; the lock will simply detect your compatible device.
It can also help to boost your security, especially if you already have a home security system you can connect it to. However, smart locks that operate on wi-fi signals can be vulnerable to a hack, so the Bluetooth option is generally more secure. But you’ll no longer have the risk of burglars picking your locks.
Would you consider installing a smart lock in your home or office? You can come to us for lock replacement and installation anywhere across Winston Salem, High Point, and Lexington.