Smart locks allow you the freedom to lock and unlock your home’s doors hands-free, and eliminate the need to carry the key, or rummage through your pockets and bags to find it. If you’re new to connected home technology, the choices can be daunting.

Connected home expert, Norman Thoms from HSB, gives us a few key questions to consider before choosing a smart lock.

Do you prefer a device or no device?

There are two basic design considerations for smart door locks:

1. Those that require you to physically have something on you; for example, a fob or a smartphone.

Rear view of boy using app on smart phone to unlock house door

2. Those that simply rely on you knowing a code or using a fingerprint or eyeball scan. Going device-less has some advantages. Let’s say you go for a jog or walk. You can go hands-free and not worry about carrying your keys with you.

Rear view of boy using app on smart phone to unlock house door

Is it compatible with your existing connected home system?

Smart door locks are designed to work with your existing connected home system, so make sure the lockset you choose is compatible with yours. Learn more about the types of connected home systems here.

How durable is the lock system?

Generally speaking, you should look for a high-quality lockset. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) grades locks according to their performance. Choose ANSI Grade 1, which is the highest standard available.

If you’re selecting a keypad model, choose one with a durable surface – the oils from hands can wear down the lettering and rub the numbers off easily.

Learn more about smart locks in this video featuring Norman Thoms.

Are you in the market for smart locks?

Here’s a list of the best smart home locks for 2018.

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