Wouldn't it be cool to never have to carry your keys with you again, or be able to unlock your door for a visitor from anywhere in the world?
Well in this article we are going to go over the smart locks that you can add to your home that will allow you to do just that.
Smart Door Locks
If you are considering a smart door lock then there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind before you make a final decision on which ones to use in your home. You don't want to spend money on buying a smart door lock, spend time installing it, then realize that you don't feel it's the right fit for you. So be smart and do your homework first so you can be happy with whichever smart door lock you choose. Below are 6 different smart door locks along with a list of their features. After reviewing these different smart door lock options you should be able to make the right choice for your home and your family.
Before we get into the different brands of door locks it's important that you understand the different types of door locks that are on the market today. There are keypad locks where as the name implies you simply type in a code to gain entry. Originally these world push button designs, but now, for the most part, they use a touchscreen with security features designed to keep people from guessing the code. Radio frequency identification locks use a radio signal from a key fob to recognize you and unlock the door for you. Bluetooth enabled locks to do the same thing, but instead of using a key fob they use your smart phone's Bluetooth transmissions to identify you. Finally, the last option is biometric locks that use a fingerprint to open for you.
Another type of smart door lock you should look into getting is a lock you can control via an app. This will let you open your doors for people when you aren't home. For example, let's say you have family members show up and you won't be home for a while. Instead of having them sit outside in their car and wait you could open the door for them so they can wait in the comfort of your home. Or another example is you have some type of emergency in your home like a flood and you need to let your neighbor in to shut off a water valve, a smart lock will let you do this as well. If you pair this with a home security system that has an app this is a powerfull combination. Now that you have an understanding of the different types of door locks that are out there, we can now go into more detail about different brands.
1. Kwikset Kevo
This smart door lock is a great choice for a number of reasons. For one thing it looks like a traditional door lock. On top of that it uses both Bluetooth as well as radio frequency identification locks as options, so you can choose which method of entry you prefer. Because the lock is Bluetooth enabled you also don't need an active internet connection, which is a nice feature as well. The last thing you want is to have your wifi go down and then not be able to get into your home. The Kevo lock also is full app compatible with both iPhone and Android systems, and you can use the app to remotely monitor the lock, and if necessary disable the guest keys or main keys should they become lost.
2. Yale Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt
This versatile touchscreen lock enables you to either use an access code to gain entry or if you feel like it you can use an old fashioned key as well. This lock also connects with an independent mesh network, which means that you don't need wifi to use it. As an added bonus this smart door lock is compatible with most home automation systems.
3. SoHo MiLL 99 Keyless Electronic Door Lock
This is a very basic, but still effective type of smart door lock. It holds up to 8 different access codes, and can easily be installed to replace traditional door locks. While it doesn't offer any type of app or blue tooth connectivity, it does serve it's primary purpose of being a solid door lock quite well. In case you are worried that you will get locked out should your battery die, there is also a low battery indicator in place.
4. August Smart Lock
Using a secure Bluetooth connection that works with your smartphone, this is a lock that is very secure and will keep out more sophisticated burglars that use different tools to overcome keypad and key fob locks. It works with an app, and the app will also give you warning when the power on the batteries is running low. One of the best features of this lock is that you can issue both temporary and permanent virtual keys to people. For example if you have a housekeeper then you could give her a virtual key that would work for a few hours then expire. Or you could give a permanent key out as well. On top of that the system logs every time someone opens the lock, so if you have kids that like to sneak out you are covered there as well.
5. Samsung Digital Door Lock
This is a lock that uses modern technology to it's fullest. It is fully compatible with most home automation or security systems, and it has many other features that you should love if you want the right smart door lock. You can use a traditional key, a radio based key, or a touchscreen lock. If you want to add another layer of security you could require two different methods in order to unlock the door.
6. Schlage Camelot Deadbolt
This lock has the highest possible security rating available, a rating that is given out based upon a lock's reliability, longevity, toughness, and latch length. This rating encompasses both traditional as well as smart door locks. The touchscreen keypad is easy to use and is preferred by people who don't want to install an app or carry a key fob with them. Another nice features is the alarm system that will alert you every time the door is opened. Like several other smart lock options gone over here this lock is also accessible via smart device, and it is easily integrated into most home automation and alarm systems.
All in all each of the options we have reviewed here will give you an increased level of security, and would be a great addition to anyones home. If you have installed one of the home security systems we recommended here, or are using a door jammer like we discussed then this can really bring together a nice harmony of home automation and home security.