When it comes to keeping your home and family safe, you want to
do everything you can to protect them. Along with the rise of the
smart home and automated security, keyless home entry systems have
become one of the first lines of defense for savvy homeowners. If
you’e thinking of adding a keyless lock to your home, here’s a
breakdown of the pros and cons to help you make the right choice
for your family.
No More Fumbling for Keys
Digging around for your keys in your purse, pocket or briefcase
is a hassle. With keyless entry you won’t have to waste time or
energy searching for keys when your hands are full, or when you’re
in a hurry. The convenience of a keyless lock makes it easier for
you to get inside your house safely and quickly every time. And,
best of all, most keyless entry systems come with a key cylinder
override or other backup that ensures you can get in even if batteries
die or the power goes out.
No Risk of Being Locked Out
Keyless entry means neither you, your kids, nor visiting family need to
worry about being locked out of the house. If you forgot your car keys
inside, you don’t have to wait for someone to come let you in before you
can drive off to that meeting all you’ll have to do is enter the code
and walk right in. Newer systems are using fingerprint recognition instead
of a code, which makes it even easier for every member of your home to come
and go as they please.
No More Keys Under the Mat
Finding a secure place to hide an extra key has always been tricky.
While it’s convenient to have an extra key located somewhere near the
front door, it’s a major security risk. Burglars know where people tend
to hide spare keys, and they use them to gain entry. When you opt for
keyless entry you eliminate the need for extra keys altogether. This
provides extra security and peace of mind, especially for families with
You Can Track Who’s Coming and Going
One of the nicest benefits of a keyless entry system is being able to
see exactly who is entering and exiting your home. If you have an
automated security system, you can receive alerts on your smartphone
or through email whenever a door is opened or closed.
You can also assign different codes to different family members, the
neighbor who watches the dog when you’re out of town, or even to a real
estate agent who needs to show the home while you’re still at the office.
Plus, you can deactivate a code at any time. That means the code you
gave the plumber can be deleted as soon as the work is done, keeping
your home and family safe and secure.
You Need to be Diligent
Along with all the ease and convenience of keyless entry, comes a
few downsides. Most prominent is the need to change up your codes
frequently. If you use the same code for too long, you can leave
telling signs of wear on the keypad which can give the bad guys a
big clue about which numbers are in your code.
Another risk is keeping track of all the codes you give to family,
friends, and service professionals. You need to deactivate codes
given to people for a temporary reason, and be sure to switch up
the main codes, especially if kids might be sharing with friends.
If you decide to go keyless it’s smart to keep a master list of codes
and who they are assigned to, and you should determine a schedule for
changing your codes so that others can’t easily guess what it is.
You Need to Track a Remote Instead of a Key
Just because it’s keyless, doesn’t mean it’s always without accessories.
Many keyless entry systems come with a remote so you can open the house
as you pull in the driveway or lock things up as you drive away. However,
a lost remote can present the same security threat as a lost key. You
may decide not to use the remote and stick with keypad entry. Either
way, make sure you don’t leave your home at risk with a plan for what
to do in the event that you misplace a remote.
You’ll Pay More for a Keyless Lock
Typically, traditional deadbolts can add security to your home for
under $50. Upgrading to a keyless lock or entry system can set you
back a few hundred dollars. If your keyless entry is part of a bigger
home security system, there may be monthly fees and charges as well.
It’s important to weigh the benefits against the financial burden
when deciding if keyless entry is right for you.
Looking out for your family and home is important. Trading out
your traditional locks for a keyless entry system can be one of
the smartest moves you make to keep your loved ones and belongings
safe. Be sure you understand both the advantages and disadvantages
before making the switch for your home. Contact PMI today to find