How Do You Choose the Right Keyless Lock? Ask Yourself These Questions
While most people would agree that keyless locks offer dozens of benefits over conventional locks, it may be difficult to figure out which keyless lock is the right one for you. After all, there are all kinds of different keyless locks on the market, and if you’re not in the mood spend your time sifting through tons of buying choices, you could end up writing the whole idea off altogether. So how do you choose the right lock? Not trying to sound like the “Tao of Keyless” here, but the answer can be found by asking the right questions. Below are three key questions (no pun intended) you can ask yourself to help narrow down your options and find the right lock for you.
1. What are my security needs?
Do you need a lock for your home, or for the workplace? If you’re looking to buy one for your home, you obviously want to pick one that has more of a residential look and feel rather than an industrial one. One lock to consider along these lines is the Schlage Keypad FE575 “Camelot” lock, which features an elegant lever and a wide range of decorative finish options that can fit practically any home decor choice. Make no mistake, though…the Schlage FE575 is not just another pretty lock; it features rock-solid construction and a latchbolt that has a deadlocking plunger for additional security.
If you’re looking for a keyless lock for your workplace, you’ll need to consider frequency of use, as well as whether the lock will be on an exterior or interior door. The Kaba E-Plex E2031LL626 is an excellent choice for any type of commercial application such as offices, airports, banks, schools, movie theaters, etc. With a 100-user capacity and bump/pick-proof technology, the Kaba E-Plex E2031LL626 is more than capable of meeting any commercial-grade security needs.
2. Do I prefer an electronic or mechanical lock?
Electronic keyless locks are primarily battery powered, but some run off of the electrical supply of the building. Mechanical keyless locks are ideal for homes and businesses where electronic locks are either not preferred or not possible. Electronic locks are more flexible when it comes to being able to program several different user codes for various purposes. Mechanical keyless locks only allow for one user code at a time, which is not a big deal for light-duty situations, but if you need a lock with multiple user code capability, you’ll need to go with an electronic lock.
3. Will I need remote access control?
If it’s important for you to have the ability to lock or unlock your door via remote access, you’ll need to select a keyless lock that can carry out that task. Depending upon how much range you need, you can either choose a remote-controlled deadbolt lock like the E-Digital E-910R for short-range operation, or you can enroll your electronic keyless lock into the BeHome247 Home Automation System and control it from practically anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.
So there you have it…it’s as simple as that. Just keep the above three questions in mind when you’re shopping for your next keyless lock, and you’ll be well on your way to picking the right lock for your particular budget and security needs.