Years ago, my husband and I had this tug-of-war thing going on when it came to locking the door. We live in a really safe neighborhood, so his thinking was that we never really needed to lock up. In fact, when we bought the house, the previous owner looked at us like we each had three heads when we asked, “So where are the keys?”
I’m sort of the opposite. At some point, I was hoping that we’d invest in one of those metal doors that shopkeepers pull down at the end of the business day. I’ve had multiple cars broken into and once spent the night in an apartment as it was being robbed. So yeah, I’m a bit more skeptical.
It’s nice to know that we live in a safe area. However, it’s another thing to get robbed because we left the door wide open.
Soon after, we came to a compromise. Getting a smart lock meant that my husband didn’t have to fumble with keys. It also meant that the door was locked every single time we left the house—whether he liked it or not.
Schlage makes a variety of smart door locks. However, if you’re in need of something a little stronger, the company just released the Touchscreen Deadbolt. It’s pretty much what it sounds like: A touchscreen that uses a keypad versus traditional keys. However, this one has added smart features by tying in Nexia Home Intelligence. This incorporates several alarm features, as well as the ability to lock and unlock the door from almost anywhere in the world.
The Touchscreen Deadbolt is just as easy to install as any other deadbolt. No special tools are required. As long as you have a Phillips-head screwdriver, you can have this thing installed within minutes. Schlage strongly recommends that you don’t use any sort of power tools, as it could damage the lock. Of course, if you don’t already have a deadbolt installed, cutting, measuring and even a few power tools may be involved.
Out of the box, the deadbolt is extremely heavy, which is exactly how you want it to be. After all, you don’t want something that’s flimsy enough for a burglar to snap. The kit comes with the touchscreen assembly for the outside, the locking mechanism for the inside, and all of the hardware and faceplates needed for the installation. It even includes a key just in case. Go figure.
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