How to choose a smart door lock?

Time:2022-12-08 00:00:00

Smart door locks (also known as electronic door locks) are increasingly popular nowadays. Whether you are looking to buy a new lock or thinking about replacing a traditional mechanical lock with an electronic one, this guide is for you.

Preferred locking method:

There are many ways to unlock a smart door lock, from a password combination only to a variety of locking modes including a password and fingerprint recognition, Bluetooth remote control, a key card and a traditional key. Consider how often each method of unlocking is used. For those who have lots of visitors, or who rent out their property, choose a model that supports Bluetooth remote control and a key card. For those who are not good at remembering codes, or who have elderly family members, simple and straightforward fingerprint recognition and a key card functions may be preferred.

Additional features:

Some smart door locks incorporate attractive features such as an alarm, a real time visitor log, double verification, and anti-hacking code, all of which enhance home security. In today’s age of online shopping, two-way calls make it easier for users to communicate with couriers. Meanwhile, if you purchase a model that can be connected to a smart butler, you can also control lights and other appliances as well.

Points to note:

1. Use a long passcode: The longer the code, the harder it is to crack. The length of the passcodes supported by electronic door locks vary from 4 to 12 digits. Set a long passcode whenever you can.

2. Install on a solid door: Whatever the lock, it must be installed on a solid, heavy, and sturdy door to be effective. Don’t choose a flimsy or hollow wooden door.

3. No security is too much: consider using multiple unlocking options, or use with a smart doorbell or video camera.

4. Maintenance: The life of a smart lock depends on the life of its motor, so close the door gently to minimise collision. Do not use water or a wet cloth to clean it. Be aware of low battery alerts and replace all batteries to reduce the risk of malfunction and voltage differences.