3 ways smart locks give you convenience
Smart locks are peoples’ consideration when it comes to best entry points into home automation. They add function and elegance to something every house has, the front door.
Smart locks designed to work with voice assistants, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth come in all shapes and sizes, and their availability is rapidly 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) is to add convenience to your life. For smart locks, that includes features like remote access, voice control and scenes. With Google Assistant 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? A connected lock will alert you when your door is left open or unlocked.
2. Let in friends when you’re away
If you’re someone who has friends and family popping in often, a smart lock can make life easier for everyone.
You don’t need to make more key copies or hide a spare set. Instead, you can give out one-time access code or 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 5–8 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 to people is very easy. 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.
3. Keep your home smartly secure
Surely, 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.
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.
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.