The What, How, and Why of Smart Locks

Recently, several friends and neighbors have enthusiastically told you they’ve invested in a smart lock for their home. While happy for them, perhaps you’re not totally sure what a smart lock is, how it works, and why you’d want one in the first place.

To help answer this important trio of smart lock-related questions, which, in turn, may help you decide if it’s time to invest in one, consider the following.

What is a Smart Lock?

In a nutshell, a smart lock uses Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth to lock and unlock your doors. According to Tech Differences, both systems rely on radio signals to provide wireless communication, making them rather useful for such a device. Thanks to smart locks, the days of fumbling for, losing, and using traditional keys are over. Instead, you can use your phone or a voice command to gain access to your home.

How Do Smart Locks Work?

Most smart locks work with a corresponding app on your Android or iOS device. When home after a long day at work or running errands, simply open the app, which will then activate the smart lock to open the door. If a smart lock is connected to Wi-Fi, you can keep track of who has entered and exited your home, and when. This is a nice feature for parents who leave the house before their kiddos head off to school and/or want to know when they get back home. When your smartphone is linked to the smart lock via Bluetooth, it will actually allow your smart lock to “recognize” you and/or your family members and unlock the door as you walk up.

Why is Investing in a Smart Lock a Great Idea?

There are several solid reasons why you might want to join the ranks of smart lock users. One key benefit is the level of security they offer. You’ll never again have to hide a spare key under the welcome mat or in a flower pot and worry it may be found by a burglar, which, as Actio Security explains, is a very real concern. Additionally, if you’re notorious for asking yourself, “Did I lock the front door?” a smart lock will solve this troublesome situation. You can use its auto-locking option to automatically lock an unlocked door after the length of time you select.

How are Smart Locks So Versatile?

Another reason to invest in a smart lock is its versatility. Rather than being a one-size-fits-all device, you can select one that will work best for you and your family. For instance, the Level Lock+ with Apple Home Keys will grant you access to your home via your iPhone or Apple Watch. Smart locks can also be set to work with either temporary or permanent access codes. If a housekeeper, house guest, or house sitter is coming over, you can create a code that will allow them to get in. As a bonus, these codes include parameters to grant access during certain times or days of the week.

Smart Locks are a Smart Investment

As you can see, smart locks are definitely beneficial devices and are also user-friendly. Now that you know what they’re all about, how they work, and why they’re so advantageous, you may agree with your friends and family that installing them in your home is a worthwhile idea and investment.