If you are an active and busy homeowner who doesn’t want to carry keys around everywhere they go, touchscreen locks can be the perfect solution. You enter a code via the touchscreen to access your home – it’s as easy as that.
Keypad deadbolts are self-explanatory – a deadbolt and an electronic keypad. The keypad is lit for additional visibility and enables keyless entry. They are simple to install, program, and utilize. If you’re looking for easy access, a keyless lever or handle set would be a great option.
Digital Deadbolt Locks
These locks are a more advanced take on keypad deadbolts. You access them on your tablet or smartphone using Bluetooth technology, and they feature smart locking functions. You can operate the deadbolt, monitor access, and share, delete, disable, and create user codes when you are within the device’s Bluetooth range.
Deadbolts with Z-Wave
Z-Wave allows devices to link to each other and exchange data, and control commands. This is a wireless communication protocol that mainly smart home networks utilize. You always know who is accessing and leaving your property. Usually, these locks are connected to a smart hub, which provides remote access so you can operate them from your smartphone, irrespective of your location.
Auto-Lock and Flex-Lock Keyless Locks
After you open an auto-lock keyless lock, it locks for a few seconds automatically. On the other hand, flex-lock keyless locks can be set to relock after a certain period of inactivity, also several seconds in most cases. They let the user control entry to their front, side, and back doors and garage doors more securely and easily. All you need are access codes, which you create and disable as you wish. It’s easy to install both of these types of keyless door locks.
How Keypad Locks Function
Keyless keypad locks require the user to enter a numerical code to access a property or a facility. They enter this code on the pad, which looks like that of a typical calculator. The deadbolt or the lock releases upon entering the correct code. Some mechanisms are unlocked using a weak electrical current or batteries.
Depending on the product, there might be an integrated security feature that locks the door for 10 – 20 minutes after the wrong code is entered several times.
Advantages of Keypad Locks
The advantages of keypad locks over traditional locks with keys include convenience, improved security, easy installation, ease of use, unique designs, more safety for families, enhanced durability, etc. Of these, convenience is the biggest benefit by far. You don’t need to carry keys around, make copies and keep track of them, or change your lock when you misplace the key or have it stolen from you. You determine who needs access to your property – guests, contractors, etc. – and give them a temporary code. Family members can get a permanent code.
Keypad locks are similar to ATMs. You enter a PIN to lock or unlock your doors. You decide who you share this code with. Of course, this is something you need to keep track of. The codes must be written down and kept in a safe place.