Electronic Door Locks for your home or residential property
In the past few years, the electronic lock industry has grown. Therefore, homeowners don’t have to break a leg to pay for one anymore. For this reason, it has become more affordable than ever to get an electronic lock. And more homeowners have come to use this kind of lock as an option.
Smart vs. Electronic Lock
There is a misconception where people think that electronic locks are the same thing as smart locks. However, this is not completely true, as almost all smart locks are electronic these days.
A lock is considered a smart lock when it is able to communicate with other devices, like a smartphone or computer. The computer then gives access to lock, unlock, or further control the lock. I will break it down as to how an electronic lock would best fit your needs and which one works best for you.
Why get an electronic lock?
I think that the main reason people get an electronic door lock is for security and easier access when they are away from home. But at the end of the day, it’s all about convenience and security. Some locks offer additional features which can impact the overall security of the home. This can change if someone breaks in, which then leaves your home vulnerable.
So when choosing a lock, keep in mind that having additional features can not only cause complications, but it also depends on how easy it is to use.
Lock should be easy to install and use
The homeowner should be able to use and control the electronic lock with ease. Just as easy as it should be to control the lock, it should be to install the lock. Facts are that if the electronic lock is hard to install, it most likely is hard to use. This can determine whether the owner installs it himself or if he/she contracts a locksmith to do the job. Regardless, it doesn’t change how easy it is to use. Furthermore, the more expensive the lock is, the more likely it is that it has better security.
I will now go further into comparing the kind of electronic locks that are the most common, useful, and efficient. We will start with the Toledo locks. Not too many homeowners are familiar with these, but they are still just as accessible security- wise as any other electronic lock. The security feature on this lock is mainly the Jaen lever lock. Although it may not be as resilient in strength as the Medeco brand lock, it’s not as weak as a master lock either.
The lock bumping is something homeowners deal with daily, and this lock has a feature to guard against it. Which adds an extra layer of security to your home. Although the Toledo lock is a keyless lock, it is not considered a smart lock. It is electronic, however, and it features a keypad, a key, and a remote that can allow the lock to be opened from short distances. Now on to the next lock.
Lockstate Remotelock 5i
A lock that can restrict and authorize access in a seamless manner is always a good option for homeowners. The Lockstate RemoteLock 5i may not be as popular or elegant as other electronic locks, but it offers great features that homeowners can take advantage of. This lock is WiFi controlled and is available in a few different options.
This lock’s main feature is the security behind its keypad. The 5i lock can retain up to 1000 codes, and allows for privacy mode, which temporarily disables access codes except for the master one. Additionally, the WiFi feature allows the lock to be monitored remotely and controlled through mobile devices.
Schlage Sense Smartlock/ Deadbolt
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is a top quality electronic lock without the high price tag. This deadbolt is based more on its security compared to other electronic locks. The lock is a certified commercial Grade 1 deadbolt that withstands excessive force. It works to sense and prevent attacks, earning its name in every sense of the word.
The best way to use this lock is with a traditional key or the keypad. And to make things more exciting, it also responds to voice command when operating the lock. In addition, the Schlage Sense deadbolt integrates really well. It works with Bluetooth technology and can accommodate Apple HomeKit technology which allows control through Apple devices.
Kwikset Kevo Smartlock 2
If you are familiar with the 1st generation, then you know that the 1st generation flopped when it came to security. Well, the 2nd generation improved on its methods and has since regained a better reputation. This lock features advanced military grade PKI encryption and is equipped with advanced smart key technology, which will prevent lock bumping or lockpicking attempts. This lock generation is “engineered for easy installation” as it is built to work in place of your existing lock.
However, there may be a chance that your door might not be as compatible with the new specifications of the lock. When it comes down to this lock’s integration with other devices, this lock has a variety of ranges. It can connect with mobile devices which aid in the control of the lock. It can also connect with devices such as the Nest Thermostat and even the Ring Video Doorbell, among others.
Kaba Oracode 660 Electronic Keyless Lock
Although this lock is most popular among property managers, I think homeowners have a lot to benefit from it as well. This lock has a basic version and an upgraded version which allows wireless connectivity. One of the main security features of this lock is its “keyless” aspect. Having a keyed lock means an intruder will always have a point of access, and if given enough time, most locks can be picked.
I think another great part of this lock is that it can accommodate time-sensitive codes that allow visitors to come and go as they pleased during given times. Everything is available for installation upon purchasing this lock, which makes the installation process easier.
When choosing a lock for your home, remember to take the time to assess where the lock will be placed and how easy it will be to access it. Every home is different and every home user has their own likes and dislikes. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you know what you want to get out of your lock.