Forget your keys? Actually in today’s Electronic House, that’s not a question, but a command! There are several smart locks out now, all of which make leaving your keys at home a good thing.
Some smart locks look very similar to your existing door lock, with a slot for those old keys. Others can add a bit of flash to your front door. That said, all of these options have technology built in, so you can monitor visitors from your couch or halfway around the world.
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Several companies are currently making locks that are accessible from your smartphone and/or tablet. Many of these options take the place of your existing lock, making them very easy to install. From there, you just add the device to your home network and/or download the corresponding app.
Of course, there are differences to consider when choosing a smart lock:
Size: The size of your lock matters. Some are small, while others include the actual handset or doorknob. Choose the one that’s right for your door and needs.
Functionality: As mentioned, some smart locks include the actual doorknob. However, that’s just one of a few features to consider when choosing a lock. Think about how you want to enter the home. Do you prefer iOS or Android? Do you want to enter the home with a code or the tap of your device? Also, will this lock be part of a larger home control setup? Some prefer to work alone.
Price: Of course, everyone considers the price tag of the actual lock, but some locks require a subscription for remote access. Keep that in mind, especially if you’re not looking for another monthly fee.
A lot of shoppers have questioned the safety and reliability of these locks. After all, hackers gonna hack. Just remember that lock manufacturers want to make sure each product actually… well, locks. Also, a lot of those hackers have bigger fish to fry. That said, if you’re housing a mini Fort Knox, you may want to look into adding a security system or even a Bullmastiff.
Are you ready to pick your perfect smart lock? (Well, not literally!) Check out our slideshow of 7 Smart Locks That Aren’t As Dumb As You Think.
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