Smart locks let you go keyless at your home or business, but the convenience factor is only one reason to consider adding them to your home. When incorporated into a home security or automation system, electronic entry systems and locking devices provide a vast array of functionality that increases your safety and peace-of-mind.
Choosing the right electronic entry systems for your needs can be confusing, as you have hundreds (maybe thousands) of options to choose from.
Why Add Electronic Locks to Your Smart Home System
The answer to this question is, quite simply, mind-blowing convenience and security.
Keyed locks have several inherent problems. You lose your key, you can’t use the lock, for one. But, as it concerns safety and security, keyed locks are incredibly easy to pick, jam, remove or otherwise breach. In fact, criminals commonly gain entry to people’s homes by breaking door glass, reaching inside and simply releasing the deadbolt.
As for convenience, these versatile devices will allow you to issue temporary access to out-of-town guests, remotely pop the door open for your kids or a delivery driver, monitor who’s coming and going from your home and much, much more.
Smart Lock & Electronic Entry System Options
You can choose options like voice control for handsfree access, automatic locking and unlocking based on your preferences. You can select hardware that offers two-factor authentication and high levels of encryption, so you never have to worry about hackers using their technical skills to breach your home.
Some options allow you to use both electronic and keyed entry so, whether you lose your keychain or your smartphone, you can always use the alternative to get in.
You can also choose electronic entry systems that contain cameras, doorbells, microphones and speakers. With one device, you can see who’s at your door, have a conversation with them and grant them entry, if you so choose. And you can accomplish it all from virtually anywhere in the world.
Choosing the Right Smart Locks for Your Home
It’s important to note that not all “smart” locks are truly compatible with home automation systems. Many of the locks you can buy online and install yourself are labeled as such and allow you to open them from your smartphone or other electronic devices.
That does not mean, however, that they are compatible with a networked smart home automation or security system.
The other issue to consider is installation. Electronic entry systems are highly technical and notoriously difficult to install and program. Without a doubt, this process is best left to a professional.
Before you invest any money in electronic door locks – or end up in the middle of an installation gone wrong – talk to a home automation expert. At AVI Systems, we design and install smart home automation and security system for customers in Draper and throughout northern Utah. Based on your needs and goals, we will design a system with the functionality you seek, using state-of-the-art components and advanced technology. Contact us today to learn more about adding smart locks to your new or existing home automation system.