Home 101: Importance of Smart Locks
We all wish that we could live in a utopia where you could just leave your stuff and valuables in your property without worrying about other people storming in to steal it. The sad truth is that we have to take precautions; a thief or a perpetrator may not mean you physical harm and will probably run if you catch him in the act. This doesn’t mean that you should sleep with your door invitingly open for anyone to come into your home. Archaeological discoveries trace back the invention of locks to 4,000 B.C, as supportive evidence was found in Egypt, Greece, Babylon.
The standard locks in ancient times were made of wood; it’s understandable that locks wouldn’t be taken seriously as they are now because they were easily breakable back then. Metal components only started being integrated into locks in the Romanian era; the locks were kind of a big deal back then because they were worn as necklaces and bracelets to show that their owner was wealthy and had valuables that need to be protected. Since the beginning of crafting of locks, a powerful nemesis, and ally of the technology was born, lock-picking. Locks were being constantly developed because thieves had always found ways to get through them. This only made craft masters eager to make a name for themselves by developing locks that couldn’t be picked under any circumstances. The longest duration a lock has existed without anyone finding a way to pick through it was 67 years and it was a lock made by Joseph Bramah.
Forwarding to this day, locks are still being constantly hyper-developed as the industry is still very much needed. Digital technology brought along with it many opportunities to create the perfect locks using things like biometric scanners, thumbprint reading, digital security codes, and many more. All this new technology is still being scrutinized by cyber-thieves or hackers, which is all the more reason you’ll need to get yourself acquainted with the importance of smart locks.
We mentioned biometric scanning, fingerprint recognition, passwords, and access cards were all modern popular choices with smart homes. It was normal for smartphones to be linked to these security methods, after all, there’s nothing better or more convenient than receiving a notification or opening a door in a second by tapping on your phone. Security applications allowed the evolution of managing security through a smartphone into a full home AI system like Alexa or Google Home. You can set your security system to initiate a full lockdown once an intruder tries to gain access while you have a no-visitors toggle on. You can expect full WIFI and Bluetooth functionality for a very quick response. Your “did-I-lock-the-door?” OCD can rest in peace knowing that you can easily lock it and unlock it from virtually anywhere in the world. The days of looking for your keys all over the house are finally gone. Your smart lock can be synchronized to be voice activated, or even be synced with other smart devices in your home like the thermostat. You can secure both your house and the temperature inside it with the touch of a button remotely.
Style and Retrofit
It’s become very easy to create a smart lock that actually looks like a lock from the 19th century; this is usually done for people with antique houses that have a certain edge or style which homeowners would prefer not to lose. Some smart lock models may look like your run-of-the-mill locks yet are full of functionality and numerous features. The market is full of aesthetically-pleasing and feature-packed smart locks, and according to wiredsmart.io this is because ‘The popularity of smart locks has grown over recent years as people prefer not to carry keys around and do everything from their smartphone. Having a smart lock makes getting into your house much more convenient and efficient. No more fumbling for your keys, losing them in your bag, or having to jiggle an old lock to open your front door.’ It’s important to look at reviews online from credible sources so that you know what suits your requirements.
There are, for example, some retrofit models that latch to the inside of your door and can use modern locking mechanisms in addition to traditional mechanical ones. This can save you a lot of installation time while also allowing you to use your old pair of keys or give them to a friend or neighbor as a backup. It was important for this niche to exist since a lot of people feel reluctant to be 100% reliant on technology in such sensitive matters. You can expect to save some money on installation when you choose to install a smart lock that attaches itself to the deadbolt in your door instead of acting like a standalone deadbolt to lock and unlock.
Restricting and Allowing Access
If you regularly rent your house, especially short-term duration, you’re going to have to physically meet the renter and provide them with a spare key. If you use a smart lock, you can provide whomever you want with digital access codes that can even expire after a specified duration. You don’t have to hide your spare keys in a pot in case of an emergency or if you want someone to water your plants, using a simple app to provide access to those whom you choose can be done in a few minutes. You can also control the window in which a visitor is allowed to enter your home; you can let your neighbor have access every Saturday for a couple of hours to feed your pet or water the plants. This can also be important for in-home deliveries by couriers; some advanced online shops are compatible with certain brands of smart locks. The couriers can receive a one-time use security code which allows them to deliver a package right inside your home. Smart cameras and access hotspots allow you to keep track of everyone entering your home with real-time updates and notifications, so you needn’t worry about rogue couriers.
Even though smart locks offer a lot of features that may make installing them seem like a no-brainer decision, that doesn’t mean that they’re right for everybody. Some businesses would prefer to use a security company to ensure that no one actually thinks about cracking a code or picking a lock in the first place at all, while some prefer to use them for their convenience. You can expect smart locks to be more expensive than their traditional counterparts, but can you really put a price on your own security and privacy?