Smart locks have risen in popularity over recent years, and it is estimated that a staggering 57% of homes in Britain contain at least one smart device in their home. Whether that be to make sure the house is warm for when they get home, or turn the lights off to save electricity, smart home devices are here to stay. Smart locks are a fantastic way to enhance your home security, increase accessibility, and are quick and easy to install. Take a look at the 5 benefits of using smart locks below and upgrade your home security today.
We all know the feeling: frantically rummaging around in your bag trying to find your keys, only to feel the dread in the pit of your stomach as you realize they are nowhere to be found, and you have no way of gaining access to your house. However, standing out in the cold waiting to be let in could be a thing of the past with the installation of smart locks, as they do not require a key. All you need is your smartphone and internet/Wi-Fi connection, but even if your phone is damaged, lost or out of power, there are still alternative ways to gain access to your home. These will vary depending on the type of smart lock you own. Typical alternative access methods include a pin code, a manual key over ride, a key fob or access to the smart lock app via another device.
With smart locks, you can provide access to your home for others, no matter where you are. So, whether it be to let in a neighbour to water the plants whilst you are on holiday, or the delivery driver to leave your package in the porch so it doesn’t get stolen, all is possible with the right smart lock, and saves you the rush back home to let someone in.
One of the most obvious benefits of smart locks is the additional security they offer. Long gone are the days when you have to leave a key under the flowerpot, which is the first place a burglar will check. With certain smart locks, you can set unique codes for people who need to access your home. What’s more, you can decide how long each code is valid for, and a time window for when they can be used, so you know exactly who is gaining entry to your house and when. It’s possible the very appearance of a smart lock can also be a deterrent to burglars, as being keyless, there is no possibility of lock picking. Smart locks can also integrate with other security devices such as security cameras and smart doorbells.
We have all second-guessed ourselves on whether we have locked the door on leaving the house and may have even returned to double-check! A smart lock does all the hard work for you and will send you a notification if you have left the door unlocked, as well as remind you to lock it before you leave your home. Furthermore, it can let you know who has entered your home, so can give you peace of mind in the knowledge that your loved ones have made it home safely.
Although smart locks are more expensive at the outset than traditional locks, they are cost-effective in the long term. It can be time-consuming and expensive to change all the locks in the house, as well as have new keys made, whereas smart lock installation is quick and easy, as well as looking sleek and stylish. Smart locks also suit any door and can be used internally in your house to protect sentimental items. Furthermore, peace of mind when it comes to your home security is worth its weight in gold, and worth every penny knowing your house is safe and secure.
Make sure to check out our other great blogs about how to protect against common methods use to enter your home, as well as how to secure your sliding glass door, so you can be as protected as possible. Get in touch today with one of our local locksmiths who will be happy to help.