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Smart Lock Buyer’s Guide
Anti-theft smart door locks
Intruders often have a harder time opening smart locks for a few reasons. High-tech anti-theft features often make it tough to invade. Lock bumping is a popular intrusion method that opens the door by aggressively pushing or bumping against the door with force to open it. With smart locks, the smart door lock includes bump proof mechanisms such as a built-in small, sturdy bar to make the lock bump proof.
Consider investing in a smart lock that acts as a deadbolt. Deadbolt door locks are known to be sturdier than locks with latches with springs. They extend the door frame protection with extra heavy metal built in. Deadbolts often require a key to unlock, while other locks can easily unlocked using a door knob or sliding latch. Simply put, if you’ve installed both a latch lock and a deadbolt on one door, intruders may be able to unlock the latch a little easier, but the door won’t open because the deadbolt door lock requires a key on the outside to unlock the door – even while twisting the doorknob.
Bluetooth vs. Z-wave smart locks
Bluetooth smart locks are often the best low-power wireless connection options, but keep in mind that Bluetooth technology is designed to work over short distances before disconnecting. The same is for smart door locks that are Bluetooth enabled. Thankfully, Bluetooth smart locks often include a mobile app for convenient remote control.
Z-wave connected smart locks require a bit more to enable smart tech features. They require a hub that is often included with the smart lock. You’ll want to sit the hub close to your door inside your home to send Z-wave’s low-power radio waves and connect to your home internet to transmit and convert the radio waves. The biggest benefit of a Z-wave is that it’s specially designed to connect smart home devices. For smart door locks, a Z-wave hub will give you the remote access needed to double-check your door and control other features using your smartphone and a mobile app.
Owning vs. renting
Picking the perfect smart lock boils down to whether you’re buying or renting your home. Some smart locks require professional installation that property managers may not all since installation requires drilling and removing the original lock. If you’re renting your home, consider a deadbolt smart door lock that works with the existing lock. These are often battery operated, connect to Wi-Fi and only require one a screwdriver for clean installation and removal. Our Best of the Best Smart Lock is a popular option.
Homeowners have more smart door lock options to choose from. You’ll be able to choose a style that works best for your home and door without being limited by installation. You’ll have the power to remove the existing lock and mount the new smart lock you choose. But, if you’re looking for easy-to-install locks without removing your current lock, consider a smart lock conversion kit to turn your traditional lock into a smart door lock. Trade the interior of your lock, and for the converter smart lock’s design and continue smart lock set up as normal.
The Benefits of Smart Locks
Smart locks are the first step to keeping your home protected without worry. You’ll be able to leave home without wondering whether or not you left the door unlocked, or where you last had your keys. With many varying options and features to choose from, there are a few big benefits to expect.
With smart locks, you’ll be able to lock the door and throw away the key. Smart door locks are designed to be convenient but provide extra security key-free entry such as passcodes, fingerprints, and unlocking the door using your smartphone. Your guests will even have easy access to your home when you give them a securely generated passcode specially created for their use.
Extra safety and security
Thieves will have a harder time cracking your passcodes and breaking through sturdy bump proof structures. They may find it harder to pry your door open than most traditional locks. Most smart door locks even have extra measures to shuffle your code immediately after entry or add extra digits before and after the code. And with your smartphone, you’ll always have comfort in knowing who comes and goes with instant mobile notifications.
A smarter home
Pairing your smart lock with your Amazon Alexa, smart security system or lights will give you extra control with the touch of a button even when you’re away. Check out our Buyers Guide for Home Automation Products to learn how interconnectivity is key throughout your smart home.
Now that you understand the ins and outs of smart door locks you’ll be able to pick the one that’s best for you with ease. Next, take what you’ve learned from our experts to pick the best smart lock for your home.