The concept of carrying ‘no keys’ to open a lock has been quite famous for quite long now! This hype is justified by many such digital locks in the market that make the lives of many, easy and simple!
The idea of eliminating the use of keys and replacing them with your smartphone is somewhat revolutionary and catches the attention of a lot of eyes! This is because the need to do away with problems of misplacing the keys or losing them, and also managing those keys; that gave a big opportunity for such smart locks to flourish in the market.
Due to a plethora of products available in the market when it comes to ‘smart’ locks, it becomes very difficult for a consumer to select a particular lock for his use! This is where the consumer will have to understand a few things about the lock and make sure that he chooses the right product for himself.
Also, when we talk about the level of ‘smartness’ of the locks, we can perceive it to be an entire spectrum where different variations of smart locks reside. There are fully-automated locks that totally replace the keys with your smartphones. On the other hand, there are locks that have simple keypads for you to enter a combination code that activates and opens the existing deadbolt!
Now let us discuss some of the basic things you should keep in mind before buying any lock online or from shops!
How easy is it to install the lock?
This depends on the product and the brand that you are looking at. Many brands have locks that are very easy to install. Smart locks like August and KeyNIE don’t take much to set up!
On the flip side, there are locks like Yale, Kwikset, etc. which may require some installation work on the door.
Make sure that you choose a smart lock that is easy for you to install or is compatible with an already existing deadbolt on your door!
How easy is it to use?
If your smart lock has a lot of smart features but you don’t understand how to use it, there is no point for you to invest in such a technology!
Similarly, in the case of a house guest or an Airbnb guest, you can ask them to download the application and get familiar with its usage. But if don’t do it or they don’t understand it, then you will eventually switch to using keys for your locks! This fails the whole purpose of using a smart lock.
This is the reason why the ease-of-use of a smart lock is a very important factor one should consider before deciding to buy it!
Different Locks provide different features!
Since there are so many options available in the market, it is natural for a user to get confused. However, in such cases, it is important to make decisions based on the features that you want in your smart lock.
There are different features for different locks. The spectrum that we talked about earlier, consists of a range of smart locks that support different unlocking mechanisms and a variety of features supporting it!
Make sure that you choose the lock that suits your needs the best!
Smart Device Compatibility
With home automation devices penetrating the urban household, these smart locks have to be compatible with smart devices.
You will have to make sure that the smart lock you buy, is easily compatible with various smart home systems like Apple HomeKit Ecosystem or with smart home hubs running on z-wave technology!
If a smart lock is not able to work in sync with such home automation systems, they are likely to become obsolete and eventually their market will die down.
Is the brand trustworthy?
Another factor that you should keep in mind's to make sure that the money that you invest in your smart lock, should be able to provide you with the value that you expect in return.
The value in terms of convenience, ease-of-use, and efficiency should be facilitated by the product.
Has your smart lock stood through the test of time? Is it performing how you expected it to perform? Is the brand known for its products and their quality?
At KeyNIE, we make sure to test out our products before selling it to the consumers. Make sure that the brand that you select has a reputation of providing value for the money it charges you, for its products!
The bottom line to this is to make sure that your priorities are set when you buy a smart lock and that you invest in a device that suits your need in the best way possible.
We at KeyNIE make sure that our variants of smart locks cater to different security needs of the consumer efficiently. If you have any questions, make sure that you let us know from the contact number.