Electronic Residential Locks: Pros & Cons

High-tech locks make entering your home easier…but are they really more secure? 

In 2019, electronic residential locks and deadbolts are nothing new. Commonly, they use push buttons, keypad codes, or smart technology to unlock your door. The availability of locks that allow you entry via keyless fob (like the one on your car key), or smartphone app, is increasing. While these locks are considerably more expensive than your standard mechanical lock, their prices are becoming more competitive. It’s important to ask: with the increasing availability of electronic residential locks, is it worth it to spend a bit more? Check out below electronic residential locks and their pros & cons.

Then & Now

The idea behind electronic locks is pretty simple: using a keypad or push buttons to enter a numeric code, rather than a key (although most electronic locks still allow the use of a key.) 

 

Because these locks still allow for the use of a key, they don’t necessarily offer more security than your standard mechanical lock. Additionally, codes are easier to get your hands on than keys, which might actually mean your locks are less secure.

 

Today’s electronic locks function wirelessly, whether or not they have an exposed keypad. The newest models use communication technologies such as Bluetooth, Z-Wave, and WiFi. 

Pros

  • Easy Use: The option of using a keyless fob device, or no key at all, can be easier than searching and fumbling for a physical key (especially when your hands are full.)

  • Families: If you have several members of your household (especially kids) that need to go in and out, an electronic lock with a keypad code or push button can be easier to manage than keeping track of a bunch of keys – no worrying about replacing lost keys. 

  • Convenience: Even if your electronic locks don’t offer much more security, they do offer much more convenience. Let’s face it, keys can be hard to keep up with. Having one code that everyone can remember is a lot easier than issuing out a handful of keys. 

Cons

  • New Technology = New Vulnerabilities: Remember that the more ways there are to unlock a door, the more vulnerable it is to being bypassed. When you only have a mechanical lock, the intruder has to either get their hands on a key, or some kind of equipment to break past the lock. With electronic locks, the intruder doesn’t need any noisy tools, they can simply hack into it. 

  • Secrecy: Giving out a security code is much easier than having an extra key made, but it also gives you no control over who has it. But the good news is most locks allow you to change codes easily. 

  • Low Battery: All locks are going to require some maintenance. With mechanical locks, you may need to lubricate and clean them out sometimes. Electronic locks save you that particular hassle, but present one of their own: changing out the battery. Fortunately, most electronic locks will signal when their battery is low. 

So, Are Electronic Locks For You? 

Only you can really decide whether you want to use electronic residential locks for your home. But hopefully, our tips will help you make the right decisions about your home lock and key security. 

Remember, if you want to install locks at your home in Orlando, you can always call Sasi Pro Services. We offer quality residential locksmith services, 24 hours a day, at prices you’ll love.