Doors make favorite entry and exit points for burglars. This makes it very important for you to make the right choice with your door materials and the locks you install on them. A good quality door fitted with high security locks will make it harder for burglars to find their way into your home.
The days of locking your keys in the house or forgetting to lock the door can be a thing of the past, thanks to the variety of affordable electronic door locks on the market. Once the domain of the wealthy for entry to their multimillion dollar estates, an electronic door lock can now grace your front door for a few hundred dollars.
Before we explore the features on some popular electronic locks, let’s learn more about how they work.
Entry Methods: RFID, Keypad, Biometric, and Bluetooth
Most electronic door locks come with one or more means of entry, which include RFID, keypad, biometric (fingerprint), or Bluetooth.
Early electronic locks used keypads with a pin number for entry. Keypads are still popular, although newer models use touchscreen panels instead of buttons and include security features to help prevent burglars from figuring out the code.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks use a key fob or card for entry. With RFID technology, you may not have to remove the key fob from your pocket or purse, meaning no more fumbling in the dark or trying to find your keys when your arms are full to enter your home.
Bluetooth-enabled locks operate in a similar way, sensing your smartphone’s Bluetooth ID and opening when you approach. Most Bluetooth and RFID locks also use a secondary means of electronic entry, in case your battery dies or you lose your key fob or cell phone.
Biometric entry uses fingerprint identification to open the lock. If you’ve used this feature on your smartphone or laptop, you understand how it works. All you do is program your fingerprint, or those you want to have access to your home, and the system knows this is an acceptable person to unlock for.
When Electronic Locks Get “Smart”
Some electronic locks can open remotely via an app and can integrate with your home automation system for added security and protection, placing them in the category of “smart” technology.
For example, if your alarm system detects a flood in your basement while you’re on vacation and sends you an alert, you can call your neighbor to go check on the problem. While you’re sitting on the beach, you can unlock the door for the neighbor and lock it again after they’ve remedied the situation and left. By the time you get home, you hardly realize there was a problem.
These electronic door locks could mark your first foray into building a “smart home” or they may connect to and complement existing smart devices in your home for added convenience. Here are six of our favorites.
1. Kwikset Kevo
Kwikset is a well-known name in home locks, and their new keyless smart lock combines the look of their conventional keyed locks with high-tech functionality. The Kevo was one of the first smart deadbolts on the market and uses both Bluetooth and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, so users can unlock the door via their smartphone or with the included keyfob.
The lock is iOS and Android compatible using Bluetooth technology, which means no Internet access is required and your lock …