Can You Get Technology and Style in a Door Lock?

Can You Get Technology and Style in a Door Lock?

September 3, 2020

Are you tired of carrying (and perhaps losing) your house keys? Today’s smart locks make it much easier to protect your home with technology and security, while offering the opportunity to leave your keys behind. They also enable you to keep an eye on your home while you’re out of town, giving you the peace of mind that only approved people can come and go.

Smart locks offer a lot of high-tech functionality, and there’s a model for just about every price range and aesthetic preference. Are smart knobs in Colorado right for you? Read on to learn how they work and what kind of style you can expect.

How smart locks work

There are many different brands and types of smart locks, starting at the $100 range and peaking around $700 (plus installation, in some cases)—which means that if you opt for this technology, you’ll see generally higher price tags than you would when buying traditional locks. However, many people feel that smart lock technology is worth the higher price.

Smart locks connect to your home’s internet to lock and unlock the door. Most models allow you to monitor them from your phone (including unlocking them that way), or you can remotely unlock your home from anywhere in the world. Some also offer keypads or digital knobs so you can enter a passcode for access, or integrate with Google Home and Alexa.

When you’re depending on smart locks, however, consider carefully whether you want keyless entry. If the batteries die or there’s a problem with the firmware, you might have a “bricked” smart lock—and no way to keep your house secure.

On the other hand, smart locks typically alert the user when the battery is low, and they’re designed to be as durable as traditional deadbolts. This makes them an attractive option for many, especially those who are diligent about battery replacement and monitoring their smart technology.

Technology and style

So, what does this technology look like? Many types of smart locks are surprisingly attractive, designed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Others look like keypads, which may or may not be the look you’re going for.

Generally, smart locks are designed with digital displays of some kind; high-end locks might have a light-up knob where you can enter a code or tap your phone to unlock. Depending on what the rest of your house looks like, some smart locks will go with your exterior better than others—you might not want to install a super-sleek, modern lock on a rustic home. However, there are plenty of stylish yet unobtrusive models that will work on any type of architecture; some simply look like a deadbolt without the keyhole.

Smart locks are a great choice for many Colorado homes. If you’re interested in learning more about this technology and would like to begin exploring your options, reach out to Custom Door Hardware to speak with one of our experts today. We look forward to working with you soon!

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