Think about how nice it is to be able to click a button or two in order to get into your car. No fiddling with keys and juggling the dozen and two things you’re holding; just click the fob and you can open the door. Now, imagine how nice it would be to do the same with your home. Well, you can! As we discussed in a previous blog, keyless entry is an electronically powered lock system, designed for either residential or business use. With a keyless door lock system, you can punch in a code to open the door—no keys necessary. On top of improving convenience, a keyless entry system can also improve security for your home or business. But, as with most things, in order to get the most benefits, it’s important to choose the option that best matches your needs. When it comes to keyless entry options, here are the different features to decide between:
Numbers, Buttons, or a Scanner
The basic components of keyless entry that are the same across the board are pretty simple; every keyless entry system will have a locking mechanism and a place to enter a code or scan something to disengage the lock. Most residential keyless entry systems are designed to replace the deadbolt (or combine to provide deadbolt and doorknob), and come with a number pad or buttons on which to enter a code to unlock it. Most keyless deadbolt options are designed to fit the standard door, so you may not even have to cut into your door further to install the lock, and most options are made to fit the standard residential hardware options so you can match the existing hardware on your home.
Commercial keyless entry systems have a few more varieties, which range from buttons that have to be punched in a specific pattern to the more high-tech card swipe or biometric fingerprint scanner. These options also come in a wider variety of sizes and shapes, as commercial doors are less standard than residential ones. If you have glass doors, there are narrow options made to fit on the metal band that holds the glass. There are also more heavy-duty options, as well as choices for indoor versus outdoor use, in case you need to secure an office door differently than the building’s entry.
Smart Locks: Getting Connected
The other big decision for both residential and commercial keyless entry systems is whether or not you need your locks to be virtually connected. Many modern keyless door lock systems for both home and business offer wi-fi connectivity. With nearly all keyless entry systems, you can program and reprogram the code as often as you need to. However, with a system that has internet connectivity, you gain even more ease of use. Generally, any internet-connected system will let you reprogram the lock’s access code online, and it will take effect immediately—or, with some systems, you can even set a range of dates and times for which the code is useable. This is particularly beneficial for vacation rental owners, as this means they can program a different code for each guest, and have it become null when the stay is over. Most wi-fi connected keyless entry systems, even residential ones, will allow you to program more codes simultaneously than a non-connected system. The biggest boon for most homeowners and business owners alike is the ability to track usage. A connected system will often allow you to see a list of times the lock was disengaged, which code was used, and what time it happened. Some even let you set up email or text message notifications so you can have an almost to-the-second notice when someone opens the lock after hours, for example.
For more information on keyless entry systems and other lock options for your Philadelphia home or business, contact Top Notch Locksmith today!