Advancements in security have made it such that even regular locks in homes have caught on to the ‘’smart life.’’ You can now lock your doors remotely and personalize as well as restrict access to your home. The advantages are numerous, but making the upgrade from a regular deadbolt to a smart lock is not so simple and requires taking a lot of factors into consideration.
As professional Worthing locksmiths, we understand the importance of first knowing what you want from a smart lock before making the upgrade. Considering the way these locks function, aside from the comfort and efficiency that they provide, you have to ensure that you focus on the essential features, from battery power to security features which are more important than aesthetic qualities, when choosing a high performance smart lock.
We have put together some essential features that you need to look out for, and what you need to know when choosing a smart lock.
A lock should be able to provide you with some level of security after all, that is what it is meant for. For the traditional lock, this is quite straightforward. Manufacturers take into account the various ways by which they can be breached, and concentrate on making them more resistant to lock picking, lock bumping and so on.
Indeed, the point in opting for a smart lock over a traditional one is the expectation that it would enhance security, in addition to any other benefit. This is why you need to look out for smart locks which are resistant to methods of forced entry, especially those which are compatible with ANSI Grade1 deadbolts.
One major advantage of smart locks is the fact that they can be used with your smart phones and devices, allowing for a greater level of control. However, the fact that these devices can be interconnected, opens up the possibility of hacking. As Worthing locksmiths, we find that a lot of homeowners are not aware of the cybersecurity measures that their locks have in place, which means that they do not take full advantage of its security measures. We usually recommend that clients check for locks that are adequately secure and cannot be easily breached.
Consider Connection and Access
A smart lock provides you with a good combination of control and convenience in relation to your security. Since it can be connected to your other smart devices, you can remotely lock your door in case you forgot to do so when leaving, and you have some control over your security, as you are always aware of the state of your lock and will be notified if it has been breached.
This, however, has a lot to do with the smart lock protocol. With the level of connectivity that a smart lock offers, there is obviously a wireless communication standard at play which could be Bluetooth, z-wave or Wi-Fi. It is advisable to consider which one works best for you.
With Bluetooth, you get to conserve the battery power of your smart lock. However, you can only be connected within a specified range. With Z-wave, you can connect with more third-party devices than a Bluetooth lock allows, but you may need an additional hub device to control the lock with your phone or any other smart device.
You also have to look out for how the smart lock handles multiple users, depending on the number of people living in the house, or as many as would need access to the front door. This is usually not much of a problem, as these smart locks can be controlled with accompanying smart phone applications that can provide you with the access that you need, and up-to-date information on your locks at any given time.
Unlike your traditional lock, smart locks run on batteries and this is critical to the lock’s performance. If the lock runs out of battery power when you really need it, you may have a problem on your hands. As such, an essential feature to look out for is the battery life of your smart lock and how much battery power it consumes.
Critical to this is that smart lock protocol in use. Smart locks that use Bluetooth are known to conserve battery power.
Electronic Key Feature
Keys are one thing that could compromise your security when they get into the wrong hands and give access to unauthorized people. A smart lock provides you with greater key control. With the electronic key feature, you are able to generate temporary keys that can be tracked and revoked if it gets into the wrong hands. In cases where you cannot get your keys back, you can simply deny access by the registered key online or through a mobile application.
A Backup Plan
Smart locks are convenient especially as they are not meant to be manually operated. With the click of a button, you are good to go. They are, however, dependent on a power source. When choosing a smart lock, you want to be sure that it has backup power capabilities in case the battery runs out or your Wi-Fi connection is down.
Some smart locks allow you to use a key in situations like this. You need to find out if the lock has any backup operational capabilities, considering what could happen if you lose connection with your smart lock for one reason or another.
Ability to Integrate
The fact that a smart lock can be synchronized with other smart devices makes it all the more appealing. You need to know the extent to which your smart lock can integrate with other devices for your benefit. Talk about the internet of things!
This helps to enhance the features of the lock, and combines with other systems around your home for better security. For example, your security is enhanced if your smart lock can be connected to your alarm and surveillance system, so that one can trigger the other when there is a breach.