Factors to Think About Before Purchasing Digital Door Locks

Factors to Think About Before Purchasing Digital Door Locks

August 30, 2021

Digital door locks have come into vogue in both commercial and residential locations for access control, as it can be useful with both interior and exterior doors. Of course, any time you’re interested in changing locks or installing this technology, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of digital door locks and the factors that could influence your decision.

Here’s a quick overview of what you should consider:

  • Frequency of use: Is the door that would use the digital lock in a high-traffic or low-traffic area? If you expect people constantly coming and going at all times of the day, you’ll need a more durable and robust lock than if the lock were to only be used occasionally.
  • Lock changes: How frequently do you change the locks on your premises? One of the great things about digital locks, particularly for commercial buildings, is that you can easily change the combination for the digital lock any time you want without having to remove it from the door. This means you can get in the habit of regularly changing the code for additional security.
  • Avoid issues with keys: Because digital locks are keyless, you can avoid a lot of common problems that arise with keys. For example, people no longer have to keep track of their keys, meaning lost keys will not be an issue. You also don’t have to worry about people making copies of keys without permission, because most digital door locks do not accept keys.
  • Additional security: Digital door locks have extra security. If you do use keys for them, they’ll have digital encryption that boosts the security. Digital locking mechanisms themselves are difficult to hack or break through. Would-be intruders are much less likely to have experience in getting past digital locks than standard locks.
  • Access control: If you wish to make certain areas of a building on an as-needed access basis, you can easily use digital locking systems to control those areas. If you do not have keys for your digital locks, you can simply give out the entrance codes only to those who need access, and regularly change the codes to prevent those with access from giving the codes to those without. If you do use digital keys, you can customize access on users’ keycards so only certain people are able to enter certain areas.
  • Remote updates: Digital locks will typically be connected to a network that allows whoever manages that network to change and update access rights and codes remotely. When you do need to change access codes, this means you won’t have to go around to every lock on the premises individually, which will save you a great deal of time and productivity.

Interested in learning more about the pros and cons of digital door locks and some of the benefits associated with their use in environments like yours? We encourage you to contact the team at Custom Door Hardware to learn about the capabilities we have to assist you with installing these locks and how your property can benefit from them.

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