Everything you need to know about smart locks

Everything You Need to Know About Smart Locks

February 26, 2022 by

Have you installed a smart lock in your home? These devices are a fantastic way to increase your home security and add convenience to your daily life. You can now lock, unlock, and check your door’s status all from your smartphone, regardless of your physical location!

Because of smart locks, you no longer have to worry about a potentially unlocked door or hide a spare key for the nanny. All of this can be done remotely or through a unique lock code that is entered directly into the lock.

If you’re curious about smart lock technology and its benefits, this post will cover everything you need to know.

What is a smart lock?

A smart lock is a device that connects your door to your smartphone and home security system. It replaces traditional locks so that you are no longer relying on a physical key. Instead, you use an app on your mobile phone or a unique lock code. Through the mobile app, you also gain remote access to your door even after you’ve left home.

How do you “unlock” a smart lock?

Smart Locks by Canadian Security Professionals can be unlocked using the mobile app or with a unique number code entered directly into the smart lock. You will still have a physical key that can unlock the deadbolt as a back-up, just in case the lock runs out of batteries (your smart lock runs on 4 AA batteries that typically last for a whole year).

Using our app on your smartphone, you can open or lock your door no matter where you are. You have full control over your door from the palm of your hand! This remote access is not only convenient, but also gives you the confidence to know that you did, in fact, lock your door.

You are able to create, edit, and delete unique lock codes for individual members of your family, friends, or anyone who you want to give access to your home. These codes are managed through the security system app! You can even assign specific times and date restrictions to one of these codes, thus allowing you to limit or permit entry at your choosing. This can be particularly helpful for nannies, cleaning services, and dog walkers that should only be entering your home at specific times, which you know in advance.

Is a smart lock secure?

Smart locks are safe, secure, and hold some advantages over a typical lock with a physical key. Physical keys can easily be lost and picked up by the wrong person. Any spare keys hidden around your house are actually a liability since criminals know all the usual hiding spots, making it easy for them to access your home.

If your smart lock has a 4-digit lock code, then the chances of a thief guessing the correct arrangement of numbers is 1 in 10,000. The more numbers in the code, the harder it is for someone to guess. The sheer unlikelihood of a lucky guess means that your smart lock and your home is secure from criminals.

Smart locks allow you to have remote access to your door, and enable you to check on its status at any time. As a result, you never have to wonder if you forgot to lock your door, accidentally giving thieves an easy way into your home. This level of security isn’t available with a standard, physical key lock.

With our mobile app, you can choose to receive notifications any time a door is unlocked and then lock it using the app. You will also receive an instant notification if your garage door is left open. You can then close and lock it remotely! An unlocked or open door provides the perfect opportunity for criminals. Ensuring that all doors are closed and locked is therefore the easiest way to prevent a break-in.

To be certain that your smart lock is the most secure that it can be, ensure that you keep the software and app up to date, as well as set strong passwords for the smart lock.

How does a smart lock connect to my smartphone?

All smart locks use either Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, to connect to your smartphone. We exclusively offer smart locks that use Z-Wave technology since they offer the highest levels of security and reliability.

Our Z-Wave system connects to your security system and then communicates with your phone through a dedicated cellular connection instead of your home internet. Because of this unique feature and its backup battery, your smart lock’s keypad will continue to work even in the event of a power outage or if your home internet is down!

The trouble with Wi-Fi lock systems is that they’re dependent on your house’s Wi-Fi. If your home internet is down, then you are no longer able to connect to your smart lock. This means you won’t be able to open the door using your mobile app. With Z-Wave, this isn’t an issue.

When it comes to Bluetooth locks, their main limitation is their range. Smart locks that rely on Bluetooth have a shorter range, so the lock must be close to the computer and smartphone in order to function.

With bluetooth locks, you will not be able to use the most significant feature of a smart lock: remote control. Unlike with our Z-Wave system, you can’t check on the status of your door while you’re away, receive notifications that your door has been opened, or lock your door remotely. Bluetooth only allows you to have control of your door while you’re in your house, which is a real disadvantage.

Is a smart lock right for me?

If you want to increase security and convenience, then smart locks are for you.

Smart locks allow you to connect your door to your smartphone so you can safely lock and unlock your door, no matter where you are. You are able to easily check on your door’s status to see if someone forgot to lock the door, thus sparing yourself anxiety and potentially preventing a break-in. They also allow you to assign unique lock codes and set time restrictions to specific codes, meaning you can allow a nanny or cleaning service easy access to your home at a time of your choosing.

Since they don’t rely on physical locks, smart locks can be safer and more secure than traditional locks. A physical key is a liability that could easily fall into the wrong hands.

With additional security, added convenience, and remote access, a smart lock device by Canadian Security Professionals will improve your quality of life.

To learn more about security systems in Hamilton, call Canadian Security Professionals today at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here.

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