October 12 ,2018
The Benefits of Installing Smart Locks
The front door lock is one of the oldest and most basic elements of home security. The old lock and key has stood the test of time because it is an effective security measure when it comes to controlling access to the home, but it does have some flaws. Keys can be lost, stolen or copied; you can lock yourself out if you forget the key; traditional locks can be picked or forced open; and your traditional door lock cannot tell you if it has been compromised.
With new home automation and smart security system technologies, the door lock is receiving an upgrade that can improve home security while also making your life more convenient in a number of different ways. In this post, we are going to look at some of the advantages that come with having smart locks connected to your home automation or security system platform.
Remote Locking and Unlocking
Most smart locks come with features for remote locking and unlocking. If you want to lock the doors before you go to bed at night, you no longer have to go to the door to engage the lock. You can just open up a smartphone app or go the control panel for your alarm system and lock the doors with the push of a button. If you are expecting a guest, you can unlock the door without having to stop what you are doing. Some systems are even compatible with voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. With one of these digital assistants connected, you can enable features that allow for locking and unlocking with voice commands.
Did You Forget to Lock the Door?
Have you ever gotten halfway to work only to start worrying about whether you remembered to lock the door or not? Do you turn around and run the risk of being late or do you continue on and hope you don’t return to a burglarized home at the end of the day?
With smart locks connected to your home security system, these worries are a thing of the past. If you have any doubt about whether you locked your door, you can always check the locks from your smartphone. Many systems will even send an alert to your phone if you forget to lock the door when you leave. You can even lock the door from your phone so you don’t have to turn around.
Access Control Solutions
With smart locks, you can give each user a unique code for entering the home. Some systems will even maintain access records so you can see when people are coming and going. You can even provide people with temporary access if you are going on vacation. Instead of having to give someone a copy of the key, you can just provide them with a code while you are away. You could also assign codes that will only work at a specific time of day. This can be good for people like dog walkers or housekeepers that may need to come by when you are at work.
Depending on the type of smart lock you install, there can be a variety of different options for locking and unlocking. One handy feature that is available with some smart locks is Bluetooth unlocking. If you pair your phone with the home security system, it can be recognized as an unlocking device. When the system detects your phone approaching the front door, it can then automatically unlock the door for you when you arrive home.
No More Lockouts and Hidden Keys
One of the biggest problems with the conventional lock with a key is that if you lose the key or lock it inside, you can’t get in your home. With a smart lock, you have a code that can provide you access when you need it. That means no more hiding a key outside for the inconvenient situations when a key is lost or unavailable. You also don’t have to worry about your children getting locked out when they lose their keys. Even if they were to forget the code or have some other problem opening the door, they could call you and you could unlock the door using your phone.
Programmable Smart Home Features
Smart locks are great with features that they have on their own, but they offer even more benefits when they are integrated in with a smart home security system or home automation platform. When you have devices like smart locks, a smart thermostat and smart lights connected to your home security system, you can program all of these devices to work together in a number of different ways.
As an example, you can group different functions to work together depending on the situation. If you are going to bed, you can set up a bedtime program that automatically locks the doors while also setting the right temperature and lighting for the situation. Along with that, you can also program these devices to automatically perform different functions when you arm or disarm your security system.
A Great Companion for a Doorbell Camera
Features like Bluetooth unlocking and the ability to control your locks from a smartphone are nice, but you can improve your home security even more when you add a doorbell camera to a door that has smart locks.
With the SkyBell doorbell camera, you have a doorbell that comes with an HD camera and two-way audio. When someone knocks at the door or rings the doorbell, you can check the video feed on your phone to see who is there. You can also use the two-way audio speak with the visitor, and with smart locks connect to the system, you can also unlock the door without having to leave the room you are in.
Cornerstone Protection specializes in smart security and automation for Kentucky homes and businesses. Contact our team for a free consultation. We design and install security systems with a wide range of features and we can advise you on your options for features like smart locks, smart thermostats and doorbell cameras.