You want to feel secure and safe in your home. Part of what makes your home secure are the locks on your doors. Many homeowners are replacing their old conventional door locks with more modern electronic versions.
These electronic devices don’t require physical keys to open the doors. Instead, keypads or even smartphone apps are used to unlock doors.
Types of Electronic Door Locks
There are basically 3 main types of electronic door locks available.
Keypad locks have numeric keypads or buttons numbered from zero to nine. You unlock the door by entering a pre-set numeric code, instead of inserting a key. The code can be changed as desired.
Key Fob Locks
These types are similar to the remote key fobs used for your car. You can lock or unlock the door remotely by pressing one button and you can do it within several feet of your door.
Remote Access Locks
By far the most convenient of all three types, the remote access locks also use a key fob. The difference is that you don’t have to be near your home to use them. The remotes will work anywhere you have an internet connection. The lock integrates with your home security system, which heightens security and convenience. If you suspect that you or other family members forgot to lock the door, you can do that remotely. You can also remotely unlock the door for a visitor or service provider.
Pros and Cons of Electronic Door Locks
As with any new technology, there are pros and cons to the electronic door lock models. We’ve listed some for you here to consider.
Pros of Electronic Door Locks
- You don’t have to search through your purse or pocket for the door key, while carrying shopping bags or toting babies or toddlers. Leave the keys at home!
- Better security. Because you don’t need to issue keys to everyone living in your home and some who don’t (like neighbors, other family members, friends, home services workers), you don’t run the risk of lost keys. You simply share the code with those you wish to have it. If you don’t want someone to have access any longer, simply change the code quickly and re-share with those who still need access. There are even some locks where you can specify different codes for specific people at specific times.
- Ready access. If you choose an electronic lock that can be remotely controlled, you can track entries and exits from your home. You can opt to receive a text if someone opens your door.
- Child safety. Have you ever heard of a small child opening the front door and wandering off? With keyless electronic locks, they are safer indoors, since most are childproof.
Cons of Electronic Door Locks
- Security risks. Even though they increase security in ways described above, there are also vulnerabilities in electronic locks. If you have a keypad, repeated use of the same access code can wear down the keys, making it easier for potential burglars to guess the code. This risk can be mitigated by changing the codes more frequently, especially if you notice the wear on the keypad. And just like with an ATM machine, someone standing in back of you while you’re entering the code could be a security risk.
- With remote access electronic locks that are controlled through internet connections, there is the possibility of cyber hackers compromising the electronic locking system. However, most companies that install the locks have sufficient security features to minimize this risk.
- Electronic door locks are more expensive than traditional keyed locks and deadbolts. You’ll need to weigh the conveniences and other pros against the cost to determine if it’s worth the higher price tag.
Gateway Lock & Security Can Help you Decide What Lock Is Right for You
You may still have questions about whether electronic door locks are right for your home. Gateway Lock and Security can explain all the features and options so you have everything you need to make a decision.
Gateway Lock & Security is conveniently located at 17667 Wild Horse Creek Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005. We serve customers in St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon, Wentzville and more.
Call us today at 636-778-1135 to schedule an assessment to protect your home or business, or send us a message and we will get back with you shortly.