ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRONIC LOCKS
Advances in modern technology give consumers more options when it comes to securing and accessing their home or business. One of the biggest advancements in security has been the rise of electronic locking mechanisms offered by Schlage, Kwikset, Yale, August Lock and others. Wondering if an electronic lock is right for you? We’ll run you through the pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
Advantages of Electronic Locks:
One popular advantage of the electronic lock is that you can now access your home without needing to carry keys. Electronic locks can lock and unlock the door based on a programmed code or via an app on your phone.
Codes designated for certain times
When installing the lock you can program different codes for use by different people, whether it be your children, a tradesperson working on your home, a cleaning company or a temporary guest. You can create these codes to only work for certain days/time periods. These are especially useful if you receive packages frequently, have a cleaning company or dog walker or are renting your space on Airbnb.
Most electronic locks come with an app. When each individual uses their designated code you will have an audit trail you can view on the app that lets you know when a person used their code to gain access to the home. This trail provides a layer of transparency and accountability that is not possible with mechanical locks.
Home monitoring from afar
With some additional leg work, you can also tie an electronic lock into a home automation system. This can allow you to unlock/lock your door from your phone, no matter where you are. It can also allow you to monitor your home if you are on vacation or extended leave.
Disadvantages of Electronic Locks:
Although most of these locks have features that allow for simple battery replacement or warn you when power is low, they still leave the option for keyed entry as back-up. If you don’t have your key on hand, or if your lock doesn’t support keyed entry, then you may be locked out in the event of a power failure.
With electronic locks, convenience can also be a liability. Imagine that your phone is lost or stolen. If you rely on an app to get into your home, then you haven’t just lost your phone – you’ve essentially lost your keys as well.
The app that controls your locks houses the information that secures your home. If the app itself is hacked, virtual hackers could potentially control the security of your home from afar.
One concern that may become evident over time is that frequently used codes will start to show on the keypad. For example, if your code is 1-2-3-4 and you use it every day, those numbers will start to wear on the keypad. A prospective intruder may be more easily able to decipher your access code based on the numbers that carry the most wear and tear.
Electronic locks generally command a higher asking price for the added features and convenience.
As technology develops, the security for your home and business may change as well. We encourage all consumers to be informed about the risks and benefits involved with electronic locks so that you can make the most informed decision when it comes to securing your home or business.