What are smart locks and why should you consider one?

What Are Smart Locks?

A smart lock is a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled smart home device that lets users lock and unlock doors with the tap of a finger or a simple voice command. Smart locks use various methods to allow entrance into your home, including keypads, mobile access, or even a standard key. Some have remote access and other features that go way beyond the capabilities of a standard lock.

Benefits of Smart Locks

Smart locks tend to increase safety and security thanks to advances in smart home innovations as well as an increase in monitoring.

Individual Access Codes

No more “hiding” a spare key under your floor mat or flower pot. Instead, you can give out and revoke a code to anyone you deem fit. Smart locks also monitor what method was used to unlock the door (keypad, voice, manual, etc.), alerting you to who’s coming and going. If your babysitter enters your code unexpectedly, it will trigger your mobile app to check the home.

Automatic Alerts and Alarms

Smart locks act as the first line of defence against potential intruders, as they can set off an alarm system before someone even has the opportunity to enter the home. If someone enters the wrong password too many times, you have the option to include a total lockdown until you address the situation. They can also set off alarms if someone messes with it without following instructions.

Mobile Control

Do you have a habit of rushing out without locking the front door? Some smart locks are automated to lock the door after a set amount of time or if your phone travels a far enough distance away from the home. Maybe you decide the automated features are too advanced for your liking. If so, just grab your phone to see whether your door is locked and adjust as needed without leaving your current location.

No More Lost Keys

The more keys you have to the lock, the higher the chance they get lost or end up in the wrong hands. Little ones or older adults won’t have to carry a key with them. Instead, they can access home with their smartphone or the keypad. However, key or no key, you’ll still need to stay on top of the key fob that comes with your smart lock.

You Can Use a Key If You Still Want To

While many feel that being able to ditch a key for a smart lock, you don’t always have to. Most smart locks combine the traditional key with smart technology such as keyless entry or home automation. Other options completely remove the key from the equation and use key fobs to unlock the door. Having flexibility is always a plus!

Prodillo offers a variety of smart lock options. Have a look through our collection to find the right smart lock to suit your needs.

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