You Really Should Be Using Door Codes and Smart Locks

BY Olena Kysla

We know, we know: Updating your doorknob and dead bolt with a smart lock might not be the biggest priority on your home improvement list. If you think about it, can you even recall what your doorknob looks like? But it turns out that a simple switch from an old-school lock to one that uses new technology can make a major impact. The new generation of locks not only improve security, but also just make life a lot easier, whether you’re an Airbnb host or you need to give a dog walker access to your home.

“Once you install a smart door lock on your home, you won’t go back,” explains Daniel Galinsky, associate merchant of Door Locks at The Home Depot. “Smart locks give you the best of both convenience and security. New technologies allow you to create multiple unique user codes, set time access parameters for the codes, get alerts to see who’s coming and going, change user codes from your phone, and they can also act as a built in alarm.” Sounds ideal, right? Here are a few more reasons why you should make the switch.

Unrivaled Security

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of using a smart lock is the security aspect. Many lock options, such as Gate or the August Smart Lock, allow for livestreaming right from outside the door, two-way audio features, the ability to create different pin codes for various individuals, and the ability to control everything remotely with just a tap on your phone. And since our phones are practically an extra extremity, this means we don’t need too many new additions to our tech repertoire. Some smart locks, such as the Schlage Sense Smart dead bolt with Century trim also double as security alarms and can sense break-ins. Most models even update automatically with new technology as needed.

Tech Meets Decor

The best thing about smart locks is that you don’t have to sacrifice style for technology. Take, for example, the Schlage Encode Wi-Fi enabled door lock, which comes in different finishes to match exterior and interior decor. The Wi-Fi part of the lock also connects directly to existing Wi-Fi, for easy setup. “These locks give homeowners peace of mind by allowing them to remotely manage their lock from anywhere,” adds Daniel. The Nest x Yale lock comes in three different finishes (satin nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and polished brass) and many of the same features in addition to one setting that will lock your door automatically in case you forget to—a bonus for anyone living with absentminded roommates who stress you out every time they leave the house.

Old Meets New

If you’re on the fence about digitizing your doorknob (maybe you’re scared of the overbearing nature of Smart House mom), you don’t have to worry. There are also options that allow you to use a traditional key—or code, your choice—in addition to having all the great features that come with a smart lock. The Kwikset Touch-to-Open Bluetooth smart lock dead bolt, for example, is a single cylinder Bluetooth-enabled dead bolt that can be locked or unlocked by touching the exterior side of the dead bolt, or with a key from the outside, as well as the turn piece from the inside. Long story short, you can get a lot of bang (safety) for your buck.

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