The Advantages and Disadvantages of Installing a Smart Lock

Posted on: 2 August 2016

When you were a child, you may have seen sci-fi programs on TV in which doors unlocked themselves as people approached. Well, this is no longer confined to the realm of science fiction, with the advent of smart locks it is now science fact! Below is a guide to everything you need to know about smart locks.

How Smart Locks Work

Smart locks make use two forms of technology to function. Some smart locks use the Bluetooth features on your phone. By downloading the relevant software or app from the smart lock manufacturer, you will be able to instruct your phone to broadcast its location. When it is within range of the smart lock, you will be able to press a button on your phone and unlock your door. Other smart locks utilise Wi-Fi internet, which means that you can use an app to unlock and lock your door wherever you are, using your internet connected phone. Smart locks also allow you to issue a temporary pass to other people, which will allow them to gain access to your property using their own phone for a limited period of time.

The Benefits of Installing a Smart Lock

The biggest benefit of installing a smart lock is that it means you don't have to carry around a massive bunch of heavy keys, instead, you just carry a small, light mobile phone, an item you are going to have with you wherever you go. If you are someone who often leaves the house only to worry if you locked the door, you will benefit from the peace of mind given to you by the ability to quickly and easily check the status of your locks using your smartphone.

The Drawbacks of Installing a Smart Lock

As with any new technology, smart locks have suffered a few teething problems, with reports of some smart locks displaying the incorrect status of a lock, reporting that a door was locked when it was unlocked. Some smart locks also rely on your propertie's mains electrical supply, which means you may be unable to lock them during a power cut. 

If you are considering having new locks fitted to your property and you have any concerns, questions or queries, you should contact any of the professional locksmiths in your area. They will be able to inspect your home and advise you on the best locking system to use to keep it safe and secure.