What to Look for in a Keyless Entry Product
Now that you’ve seen how helpful and versatile these locks are let’s move on to discuss the features in detail to help you make an informed choice. Things to consider include your entry options, backup, security upgrades, and ease of use.
The point of using keyless locks is to give you the convenience of opening your door, hands-free. That may mean entering a passcode or using your fingerprint in place of a physical key. Some may use RFID technology to make it even easier. That will involve just putting a tag or key fob close enough to the device to trigger the locking mechanism.
Others may offer different options such as voice recognition or smartphone integration. You’ll likely see products with accompanying apps that allow you to control it remotely or view logs of its usage.
When evaluating the different entry options, consider how much mobility you or your loved one have. Pushing buttons is easier than turning a key, but using a finger print sensor could be even easier, as long as the senior has experience using their fingers for touch screen. Furthermore, different living situations could call for different features. If you or your loved one needs frequent visits from caregivers or nurses, it could be best to choose an option that still has a physical key for emergencies. Certain locks also come with multiple programmable codes, so you could give each visitor a unique code for added security.
Remote options may also be a great choice for seniors who are comfortable using the technology and may have limited mobility to be able to get the door all the time.
One of the best benefits of a keyless entry is the enhanced security that they provide. You’ll find it in many different forms. It may mean double authentication where you have to use two ways to enter your home. Usually, that means a combination of a passcode and RFID. That adds an extra layer of protection to keep you safe. If you live alone, that’s a dealmaker.
You may see other features such as built-in options to prevent abuse and pranks. You’ll also find ways to create multiple user codes. This is an outstanding way to have more control over who can enter your home. You can set permanent ones for a caregiver or child that may need access; you may also be able to have temporary ones for repairmen to visit or to have something installed.
One concern that many have with these devices is the inability to unlock it if there is a power failure. Most manufacturers recognize it and include backup options to ensure that it will still function as normal. It may involve a battery plugged into the unit or an early warning alert to prompt you to swap out batteries before it stops working.
We strongly urge you to stick with products that offer this feature and take whatever steps you need to do to make sure that it works. Don’t leave it to chance.
Ease of Use
You’ll need to be comfortable with technology if you’re opting for a smart device. The manufacturers strive to make the operation of these products intuitive, but you still might need to be familiar with their usage for it to make sense.
Some keyless entry models offer expert installation—at a price. If you have a son or daughter who is tech-savvy, it’s an excellent time to ask them for some help with it. You’ll likely find more uses for the system the longer that you use it.
Bear in mind that if you have one that is Wifi or Bluetooth-enabled, the manufacturer will probably continue to update it. It’s essential to keep up with the latest version to get the most out of its functionality.
Other factors to consider with usability include the keypad, lighting and door handles. If you’d like to use a keypad outdoors, make sure it has sufficient backlighting so you can see the keys in the dark. Furthermore, may options come with attached door handles that vary in type of use. For those with limited mobility, a push and pull level would be the best option.