Smart Home Basics: Locks 101

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The 21st century version of “lock it and throw away the key.”


You’re likely one of the 70 percent of Americans who use their garage as a primary entrance. If not, you’ve probably forgotten to lock the door behind you at least a dozen times. If this sounds familiar, a smart lock or smart garage might be a perfect place for you to start implementing smart home technology into your space.

Keyless entry, remote locking and alert options via handy smartphone apps allow you to change access to your home from wherever you may be. Smart locks also offer a safer alternative to leaving that spare key under the mat. We always suggest assigning different codes to each person you’ve allowed access. Whenever this code is used, you’ll get an alert sent straight to your phone. Even better, consider purchasing a smart lock with a built-in video doorbell, or a system that will record video each time your front door is open. Need more? Some smart locks even feature apps that will send you reminders to lock your door or close the garage – ensuring you have 24/7 access to your home.

Accompany this tech with a professionally-monitored security system, and you’ll have the ability to use your smartphone apps to lock up, trigger your security system on, and even turn on your home’s lights to ward off potential intruders. You can also install image sensors in your garage to detect movement and see what’s happening directly on your smartphone.

Smart locks and smart garages are a great place to start when integrating a new security system ensuring that your family and your belongings are safe.

Additional Resources: Control4 Home Security, HAI Leviton, SoundVision Security systems

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