If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel, you’ve undoubtedly seen a keyless entry lock. How handy is it to just insert or swipe a little plastic card to gain access to your room? Even better, for all that convenience, you still get some pretty great security for anything kept in your borrowed space.
Keyless entry locks like those aren’t just for hotels and other businesses anymore! You can easily bring the convenience and security of a digital lock to your home — and do so without looking like the paranoid, crazy neighbor. Keyless entry locks are made in a range of styles so you can choose the one that blends in seamlessly with your existing hardware. Want to make your home more secure and more convenient? Here’s what you need to know:
Keyless Entry System Basics
A keyless lock is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: it’s any lock you can engage or disengage without the use of a key. Instead, a PIN or RFID dongle is used to disengage the lock, and typically the lock re-engages on its own. Keyless entry locks made for residential use typically replace your deadbolt, though some models are a combination of deadbolt lock and doorknob — which can provide added security if the doorknob can’t even be turned without unlocking the door.
Easily Add Convenience
If you’re someone who routinely forgets your keys, a keyless entry lock is an ideal way to make life easier without compromising your home’s security. Likewise, if you regularly forget to lock your door on the way out, keyless entry locks make up for that gap in security without changing our habits; just choose a lock that engages automatically after a set amount of time, and you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your door is locked.
The auto-locking option is also a great benefit for anyone with young kids. For one thing, if your toddler ever decides to lock you out of the house, you don’t need to worry about calling a local locksmith for lockout help. Just enter your code and get back inside. And, from a safety standpoint, automatically locking keyless locks can help keep your energetic toddler indoors, assuming they haven’t grown tall enough to reach the lock yet.
Control Who Has Access
Do you have a housekeeper or a nanny that needs access to your home? Instead of making a hard copy of your house keys — which can be easily duplicated without you ever knowing — keyless entry locks allow you to give access to others on your terms. Since most residential keyless locks are PIN-based, you can often program multiple entry codes to work simultaneously. You can assign one PIN per person, or one PIN for your family and another for your housekeeper. This way, you can track who is coming and going based on the number used.
In addition, many modern keyless entry systems connect to the internet with your home’s wifi. This means you can set it up so that you get an email or text message every time the lock is disengaged. It’s an ideal way to know that your housekeeper arrives and leaves when they’re supposed to, and that no one is entering your home without your knowledge. If you have teenagers living at home, you can track whether they miss curfew.
Are you ready to make your Redlands home more secure? Connect with your local locksmith team to talk about installing keyless entry locks, as well as other ways we can help make your home more secure. Connect with Redlands Lock & Key today to get started!