SHERLOCK LOCKSMITH / FEB 10, 2021
Smart Locks vs. Traditional Electronic Locks — Which One is Better?
Are you in a situation where you lost your key or lent a spare key to a friend who misplaced them, and now you have no idea who could have access to your home from these keys? Losing keys may be an annoying venture, but it is an extreme security risk that could make your home vulnerable to a lot of security breaches over time.
As technology evolves over time, so does the latest technologies in the locksmith industry. This is why many people have considered switching out their normal pin and tumbler locks with electronic and smart locks for their homes and/or businesses. With so many choices and varieties out in the market, though, how do you know which one is right for you?
A few things you should ask yourself when considering a lock upgrade are the following:
- How many people will need access/entry?
- Will I be able to remotely lock and unlock my home?
- Do I need a security code?
- Will I need Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?
The Pros & Cons of Having an Electronic Smart Lock
With the advancement of technology, smart locks have grown in popularity in the residential and commercial locksmith markets over the past few years. With the integration of smart devices and interactive capabilities to pretty much anything, it’s no wonder why upgrading to a smart lock seems like the next logical choice for your household.
When paired up with smartphones and smart devices like iPhones, or Amazon Alexa, smart locks can make your everyday life way more convenient. “How’s that?”, you might ask; with features like auto unlocking when you’ve come into WiFi range and auto locking once you’ve left your home for a set period of time, you could be ensured that your security is controlled by you and you alone. It also sounds a lot easier and better than having to dig through your purse or fumbling with your keys every time you have heavy bags of groceries in hand. You can also have other residents of your home download the lock compatible app, allowing them to access the same features that you do.
Let’s say you have a neighbor or family member that stops by your home to ask for a favor of borrowing something, but they ring your doorbell and no one answers. Or, maybe you have installed a video doorbell mechanism that lets you see who’s at the door and want to let them in. With the smart lock, you don’t have to go through the struggle of stopping what you’re doing and walking up to your door, because you can unlock it from just about anywhere. You’ll even receive notifications indicating each time the door is locked and unlocked. This is one of the primary reasons homeowners are switching to smart locks nowadays: the convenience.
On the downside, though, the integration of technology in your security system means that there is a potential of some malicious person hacking into it. Although the odds of this are very slim, it still remains as the main concerns as to why some homeowners are hesitant to upgrade to smart locks for their homes. Other things you will need to be mindful of are your smart lock’s battery and Wi-Fi range. Most smart locks do warn you long before your batteries are drained. In the odd chances that your batteries do become drained, you can still use your physical key to enter. If replacing batteries don’t seem to be a hassle for you and you have good Wi-Fi coverage, then you’re probably ready to shop for a smart lock for your home.
How Much Do They Cost?
No matter your budget, there is always a smart lock that fits you; however, it is important to know that the average price for one is mostly $200. There are a few popular brands for smart locks, too, which include August and Yale.
The Pros & Cons of Having a Traditional Electronic Lock
Aside from smart locks, there is another option for you – the Traditional Electronic Locks. Unlike their technologically advanced counterparts, traditional electronic locks do not need the razzle-dazzle of Wi-fi, smartphones, or smart devices in order to properly function. This type of lock is ideal for high-end homes and businesses because they normally pose less of a security threat. The worry of having potential hackers gaining access to your home is out the window since they aren’t connected to the Internet. With traditional electronic locks, you also have the option to put multiple deadbolts on the same security system.
If you’re a business owner planning to look for a good high security lock, some traditional electronic locks might be the right fit for you. Some of them have the ability to keep track of individual access codes. It can log which employee opened a door at any given time by logging the information with data trackers. A con to these kinds of locks, though, is that you have to keep track of all the access codes and who has access to which area.
What will an Electronic Deadbolt Cost Me?
The cost of using electronic locks to secure your home or system depends on the scale of the home. In large homes or businesses, electronic locks could be a costly endeavor, especially if you have them on a system. If you just need one or two for both the front and back entrances of your home, though, they are indeed cheaper alternatives to smart locks, just as long as you don’t plan to integrate them with data trackers or monitoring systems. The average price for electronic locks are around $60 out the door, pun intended.
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