14 Ways Smart Locks Can Improve Your Home Security

April 21, 2020

14 Ways Smart Locks Can Improve Your Home  Security

Have you ever left your house unlocked? 

Have you ever lost or misplaced your keys?

Securing your home with a good, solid lock is one of the highest priorities for everyone. No one can bear the thought of anyone entering their home uninvited. Having their privacy violated.

Over the years locks have been very important to all homeowners and occupiers.

Locks like everything else with the home have benefited by the advancements in technology.

One of the major advancements in locks and home security is the development of smart locks. Smart locks are becoming more acceptable as the way someone can secure their home.

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A Smart lock is an electromechanical lock fitted on front doors and does not use the traditional key. Instead, it comes with customized features, which enable you to control your lock the Smart way.

As the name suggests, one uses a smartphone to control the lock, and it wirelessly performs the authentication needed to lock or unlock your door automatically.

One of the most obvious improvements smart technology delivers to door locks is a keyless system that strongly simplifies the entry procedures to the point that you need to try and find the best home security system that works for you


Here is a list of 14 ways smart locks can improve your home security for you and your family.


1. Accessibility

Smart locks will give you improved accessibility compared to conventional locking systems. 

House keys are notorious for being misplaced. You need to get a new one all the time. House keys are not required when it comes to smart locks. 

You don’t have to keep a track of the keys. There is a system of convenient authentication. There is no need to worry about accessibility.

It is more convenient, that you don’t have to keep track of yet another key or worry about how to pass off the key to someone else. It ensures convenient authentication and unlocks, so you don’t have to worry about lost or forgotten keys.

 

2. Improved security

Smart locks have remarkably improved home security in a unique way that traditional locks could not. Smart locks sense and open the door when the owner is nearby and automatically locks it provided they have their phone and provided their Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is on.

It gives the owner the power to control who can have access to their home and keep track of who comes in and goes out. Smart locks also send notifications to the owner allowing them to receive alerts whenever visitors arrive.

Some Smart locks come with a doorbell camera, and this helps the homeowner to verify who is at your door visually. Intelligent locks can also use Mobile app and control the lock remotely via built-in Wi-Fi, and this allows the user to remotely access notifications or cameras to show the person requesting access to your home.

The smart lock also enables the homeowner to provide virtual keys to visitors or family members for a specified time without them coping the key, and they can change the keys codes when they feel their home security threatened.

 

3 Increased Convenience

Losing or misplacing keys can be your worst nightmare, and since not all of us can be careful enough not to misplace keys, smart lock convenience comes in here.  What makes it more convenience is the use of a Smartphone as your key. So there is no need for physical keys.

One can also incorporate the Smartphone application not only to have control of the locks but other Smart home devices. 

A smart lock also enables the user to remotely lock and unlock their doors, receive alert texts when codes are used. One can also give temporary access codes to family and friends with no need of them been at home to open the door for them.

 

4. Use With Your Smart Phone

Smart locks can be handled through your smartphone. 

Valuable security options are given through virtual keys. The doors can be unlocked easily by just using your smartphone. 

There is a wide range of other options as well like controlling the lights and doors. You just need to install an application on your phone. This makes the entire process more automated.

A single smartphone application is able to control your locks and other smart home devices simultaneously.

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5 Improved Protection

Traditional keys and locks offer good protection, but the protection offered by smart locks is unparalleled. 

Smart locks offer better security and safety in a more convenient manner. 

Keyless locks are programmed in a way that only certain people can access certain areas. This enhances the overall security of your property. 

Rather than giving keys to each and every person you want to give access to, you can simply give them access by telling the code.

 

6. Upgraded  Integration

Your smart lock can be integrated into your security system. This allows you to strengthen the security of your home.

Your doors can be either locked or unlocked remotely and automatically. 

A completely automated home security system will enable you to monitor the home from anywhere. 

If you forget to lock a door, turn on a light, switch off an appliance you can now easily handle this through your home automation. Your smart lock is an important part of this system. 

You can now monitor and handle your home security in a better, easier and simpler manner. 

 

7. Temporary Access

Smart locks are capable of storing multiple codes. 

This enables you to have control over who has access to your home and when. You can let in family, friends, or even dog walkers by merely sending virtual keys to them. 

They will only be able to use the virtual key within the time you specify, and they cannot copy them. 

This makes it easy to control your home remotely making usual home errands easy without the need for physical keys and most importantly ensuring your home is safe.

 

8. Better Durability

Unlike traditional locks that wear down or even get malfunction due to the frequent friction of inserting and revolving keys, smart locks are more durable since all you need to lock or unlock them is just pressing your finger on the fingerprint reader or enter a passcode to open them. 

For Bluetooth or Wi-Fi controlled locks, you even don’t need to touch them. The smartphone locks and unlocks the door for you.

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9. No More Lockouts or Hiding Keys

With smart locks, one needs to worry not about lockouts due to lost keys. All you need is your private code, and you will be able your access your home. 

For families who were forced to share keys and had to find a hiding place within their property, smart lock solves this hassle. 

All is needed is to give other family members access codes so that the lock unlocks whenever they are back at home provided they have their smartphones with them.

Let in friends when you're away

If you're a vacation rental owner, a customer of cleaning or dog-walking services, or someone who has friends and family popping in often, a smart lock can make life easier for everyone.

No more making key copies or hiding a spare set. Instead, you can give out digital keys using the lock's accompanying app and even restrict what times someone is allowed to enter your home. For instance, you can allow specific users to enter only on Monday through Friday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

There's also the option to allow roommates and family members unlimited access, so the system works for the entire household. 

Granting access in a pinch is easy, too. Let's say someone you know and trust needs to enter your home on short notice. If your lock is connected to a Wi-Fi module, you can let them in from anywhere with just the tap of a button.


10 Send e-Keys to Your Near and Dear Ones

Don’t make your family members and friends wait outside because you’re not at home.

Send the eKeys to them via the mobile app so that they can let in. This is the other great benefit of using smart locking system. 

You don’t need to skip office hours or send somebody else to hand over them a key.


11 Detects Your Presence:

Let’s accept it, many of us are either locked outside or inside our home accidentally. 

Instead of screaming or worrying, you can trust your smart locking system. 

It knows whether you’re outside or inside the home.


12 Ensures High Security

Burglary is a common threat for all homeowners. Any unwelcome guest can easily break into your home, no matter how stronger your lock is. 

But a smart locking system is the hard nut to crack for them since it is without any keys. Their mechanism is based on the security protocols deployed in bank system. 

It means their digital encryption mode can’t be duplicated or broken. In this way, the burglars are unable to pick or bump the system. With a smart door locking system, you can decide who can enter your home at what time. It lowers the risk of anything gets stolen.


13 Convenient for Elderly and Physically Impaired People

Technology has made living much easier for disabled or elderly people. And smart door locking system is no exception in that! 

Since it can be opened with a smartphone, a senior citizen or disabled don’t have to struggle with keys or go near the door to open it.


14 Stylish

Smart locks are stylish and aesthetically appealing. 

There is a wide range of options available that can be purchased according to the existing style and décor of the home.

 

Smart locks, strangely enough, are one of the best entry points into home automation. They add function and style to something every house has: a front door.

Locks designed to work with voice assistants, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth come in all shapes and sizes, and their availability is quickly growing.

No matter your doorstep dilemma, there's likely a smart lock there for you. 

The entire idea of a smart lock (and every smart-home device, really) is to add convenience to your life.

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