Electronic Locks: Managing Access to Your Home
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By City Pup Life
We talked with a lot of pet parents and dog walkers to come up with our picks for electronic and keypad locks. We have seen and used a lot of these, and we know about some of their problems (you don't want to end up with an unreliable lock if you're on a 10-day pet sit) and other glitches. We've been let down by some of course, but there is no perfect option for all needs. Figure out what works best for your home and look into similar products to find the best choice for your home! Reliability is key 🔑 ;-)
Schlage Z-Wave Lock
This Schlage lock pairs with the Z-Wave home system and is very popular. It has never let us down, and our clients seem to love it. Currently, it's probably the electric lock we see the most often at our clients' homes, but it comes in at the higher end of the price range too. For that, you get an electric lock with a lot of features to allow you a high level of control over access. It has bluetooth functionality, auto locking, a built in alarm, several programmable codes, and more.
Schlage Camelot Keypad
We love the Schlage Camelot Keypad. It is easy to operate and uses minimal battery since it requires you to physically turn the deadbolt after entering the code. It allows you set several codes, so you can manage access pretty easily, but it falls a bit short on some of the more advanced features such as allowing a code that is permanent (long-lasting) but only has restricted access (limited hours). Of course, a standard key will get you in just in case you need it. Also, since you have to manually turn the deadbolt to lock it, so it doesn't have an auto-lock feature. We think the simplicity of this design and its reliability outweigh these downsides, but it will of course depend on your needs.
Kwickset Electronic Deadbolt
The Kwickset Electronic Deadbolt has a physical keypad and an electronic locking mechanism. To lock it, you just press a single button on the keypad and it engages the deadbolt. You can create multiple codes so you can provide temporary codes to visitors or others who need to access your home. A standard key will get you in if the batteries ever die.