If you haven’t shopped around for door locks in a while, you may be surprised by the number of options that now exist. These options are available not only in terms of the finishes and styles on the market, but also in the technology as well!
But before we get into the newer options on the market, it’s worth stating that the traditional keyed lock is still the top seller on the market. So, if you’re not quite ready to go high-tech, you can still opt for a good, old-fashioned deadbolt.
The first step into the world of electronic door locks generally takes homeowners toward keypad locks. While they are high-tech, the keypad is extremely familiar technology and may feel like a safe first step.
Keypad locks provide convenient keyless entry to the home via programmable user codes. Certain brands also include fobs for remote access. Keypad locks are available in door lever and deadbolt options, and in a variety of finishes.
RFID locks make use of key fobs or access cards. Chances are, if you’ve worked in an office building in the last 10-15 years, you’ve already interacted with this type of locking system. Traditionally, RFID locks have required users to take the fob or card out and touch it to the lock; however, newer technologies are making it so that these items can remain in a pocket or purse.
If you’re familiar with how Bluetooth technology works, then the workings of a Bluetooth lock are probably pretty obvious to you. The lock will sense your phone’s Bluetooth ID and open as you get within close proximity to the door.
Accessing your home via fingerprint is no longer something reserved for science fiction movies. Biometric door locks have slowly made their way into residences over the last couple of years and are now readily available through most home improvement centres and home security specialists.
Biometric entry locks are opened by your fingerprint. Simply program the prints of the individuals you want to be able to use the locks. Most models of this type are operated by AA batteries, enabling them to continue functioning even in the event of a power outage.
With a smart lock, you don’t have to be within proximity of your door to open it. In fact, you can control your lock from anywhere in the world. This means complete control over who accesses your home whether you’re at home or away
Additionally, a smart lock allows you to further connect your network of things at home. Your lock can be integrated with your thermostat and alarm system. So if your smoke detector sends you an alert, you can unlock your door to any emergency workers needing to get inside.
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