Having a lot of house keys can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you happen to have a larger family or frequently have visiting relatives. They’re prone to get misplaced or lost, and replacing keys constantly can add up. If you have a busy household or just don’t want the hassle of having to have a new key cut when one goes missing, there are a few alternative locking systems that could save you time, money and a bit of peace of mind while you’re at it.
Also referred to as a keypad deadbolt, keyless entry, or electronic deadbolt, keypad locks are an excellent alternative locking system for your home. These types of locks have become much more common in recent years as well as much lower in cost. A keypad lock can range between 40$ to 200$ depending on its features and can be found as close as your nearest home improvement store. Keypad locks allow you to enter a chosen combination as a method to open your doors. Most models also allow you to use your standard key as well.
This type of door lock is the bigger and more expensive brother to the keypad lock. It functions in much the same way as the keypad lock, allowing you to enter a code that will give you the ability to unlock the door. Touchpad locks may also have a few features that standard keypad locks don’t have, such as voice-guiding, which can make programming and operating the system a bit easier for its users.
A smart lock is a keyless lock that can be locked or unlocked from a smartphone or Bluetooth device. These locks are versatile and great for larger families. You can open your doors remotely when you’re expecting visitors or give individuals temporary passcodes that will expire when you no longer require them. Some higher-end smart locks can even recognize the presence of your phone and open your door for you when you’re in range. These systems also use standard keys in case you can’t access your door via your smartphone for any reason.
Pro tip: Though smart locks are safer now than they were in the past, buyers should keep in mind that any “smart” device can potentially be hacked. If you aren’t comfortable with securing your technology then you may want to shy away from this particular type of locking system.
However, if you believe the pros of keyless entry outweigh the cons, any of these locks will lower the number of physical keys you’ll need for yourself, your family, and your guests. Which means you get to stop hiding a spare, stop wondering who has a spare, and stop worrying about security threats to your home.