In the 21st century, our tech-obsessed culture has made a “smart” version of almost everything. We have smarter smartphones every year, smart watches, smart houses, smart TVs, etc. And while you’re no doubt familiar with electronic locks, your home probably still relies on a standard deadbolt lock and key. There are a variety of keyless electronic access systems, like the swipe card systems used in most hotels, or the keypad entries used on some luxury car models. And increasingly, some luxury homeowners are investing in electronic locks with remote locking features, meaning you can lock or unlock your home at the push of a button.
So how do these keyless systems work, and what are the pros and cons? Electronic locks work the same way as standard locking mechanisms, except they have special parts called actuators which connect your deadbolt to a tiny motor hidden inside the door or frame. When the electronic lock receives the right input, the motor kicks in and releases the deadbolt.
Pro: Electronic Locks Are More Convenient
Many businesses, car owners, and some homeowners prefer electronic locks for the added convenience. Rather than dropping off keys, visitors can be given the access code instead. You can stop carrying keys and worrying about making copies or changing locks, and instead simplify your access system. Every year, 2 million people are locked out of their homes, rescued by local locksmith services. And in one 2013 survey, 26% of drivers either had their car keys lost or stolen. Electronic locks could prevent those kinds of hassles for good.
Con: Electronic Locks Can Be More Expensive
Although it would only cost about $200 to have a professional locksmith service install a deadbolt in your home, electronic locking systems often cost more.
Pro: Electronic Locks Are Often Combined With Security Services
For business owners who need to control access to a building, keyless locks are the preferred method of controlling access. Plus, many people combine electronic locks with automated security systems, triggering an alarm in the case of a break in, further improving security.
Con: Electronic Locks Aren’t Foolproof
Even though you don’t have to carry a key, some people still forget their password or PIN number. Depending on the kind of electronic lock system you invest in, you can still run into issues requiring the aid of a professional locksmith ASAP. Also, electronic locks can malfunction during a power outage, although there are ways to avoid this possibility.
Pro: Keyless Locks Improve Business and Home Security
The FBI reported that there were 1.9 million burglaries in 2013. In residential homes, 63% of those burglaries occurred during the day. Many homeowners keep a spare key on their property, or have cheap deadbolts more vulnerable to criminals. With the help of a professional locksmith, electronic locks can often improve home and business security.
Do you have any experience with a keyless locking system? Let us know what you think about the pros and cons of electronic locks in the comments!