5 ways smart locks will change your life
It's time to upgrade your deadbolt. Here's why you should go smart.
Smart locks, strangely enough, are one of the best entry points into home automation. They add function and style to something every house has: a front door. Locks designed to work with voice assistants, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth come in all shapes and sizes, and their availability is quickly growing. No matter your doorstep dilemma, there's likely a smart lock out there for you. Here are just a few ways a smart lock can change your daily life.
Never fish around for keys again
The entire idea of a smart lock (and every smart-home device, really) is to add convenience to your life. For smart locks, that includes features like remote access, voice control and scenes. With Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, you can set up scenes like "OK Google, goodnight" that dim the lights, adjust the thermostat and lock your front door.
You can control your smart lock remotely when it is connected to Wi-Fi. More often than not, that means purchasing a small, plug-in Wi-Fi bridge to connect the lock to your network. Once you've done so, you'll be able to lock or unlock your door from anywhere you have an internet connection. Forgot to lock the door when you left for that business trip this morning? A connected lock will alert you when your door is left open or unlocked.
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Whether you're using it for commercial purposes or residential purpose, smart door locks benefits you in all aspect. For business owners, smart door locks let business owners to ease their management process. For AirBnb owners or homestay owners, you don't have to visit your unit everytime just to open your door for your customers. With smart door locks, you can open your door or set a temporary password for your customers remotely.
For residential users, smart door locks can benefit you for providing convenience as you don't have to worry about leaving your keys inside. During emergency situations, smart door locks can even let you escape from your home safely without having to find your keys during panic moments.
Make a stylish first impression
Ever went to a friend's house that doesn't require any keys to enter their house? Your first impression would be impressed right? Getting a smart door for your own not only brings convenient to you but also bring some sense of style to your home too. Whether you're in the market for modern or classic, you'll likely be able to find a smart lock to fit your style.
Let in friends when you're away
If you're a vacation rental owner, a customer of cleaning or dog-walking services, or someone who has friends and family popping in often, a smart lock can make life easier for everyone.
No more making key copies or hiding a spare set. Instead, you can give out digital keys using the lock's accompanying app and even restrict what times someone is allowed to enter your home. For instance, you can allow specific users to enter only on Monday through Friday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
There's also the option to allow roommates and family members unlimited access, so the system works for the entire household.
Granting access in a pinch is easy, too. Let's say someone you know and trust needs to enter your home on short notice. If your lock is connected to a Wi-Fi module, you can let them in from anywhere with just the tap of a button.
Keep your home secure
Yes, smart locks are connected to networks, and anyone with a smart lock should absolutely keep their apps updated, passwords secure and use a PIN for unlocking via voice assistants. However, smart locks do eliminate the risk of someone swiping the key from underneath your doormat.
Without the need to make key copies or have a spare, you'll have fewer methods of entry to your home floating around in the form of physical keys. You can even set some smart locks to automatically lock the door after a set amount of time, or when your cell phone has left the immediate area. And if you're comfortable ditching your keys altogether, some smart locks go so far as to leave the keyway out entirely, which makes the things impossible to pick.
The bottom line
Smart locks aren't right for everyone, and you should consider your specific needs before investing in any piece of smart-home technology. Smart locks aren't perfect, either. We've seen manufacturers work out issues like connectivity and even durability. Still, with built-in protections like emergency battery nodes, PIN requirements and decoy codes for keypads, it is possible to safely and responsibly upgrade your door. If you're looking for a stylish, smart way to make your daily life a little bit simpler, smart locks can play a helpful role.