A good deadbolt is the most important part of your home security system. Heck, even if you don’t have a home security system, you should at least have a solid deadbolt. And smart locks make it even easier to make sure your door is always locked and secure.
Smart deadbolts and door locks usually work through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, or Zigbee. They can integrate in with other smart devices, including your entire home security system. Or you can use a smart lock as a standalone device.
Keep in mind that a lot of these babies require a separate bridge to connect the lock to your Wi-Fi network. Options like the August Smart Lock Pro and the Yale Assure Lock SL need a bridge. But you can get models with built-in Wi-Fi, like the Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt.
Of course, with a smart lock, you can check on your doors and lock (or unlock) them from anywhere using your smartphone. But you can also set rules. You can have your door automatically lock each night at a certain time or each morning when you leave the house.
Some smart locks also have auto-lock and auto-unlock features, which can track your phone’s location. They use your whereabouts to lock your door when you leave the house and unlock it for you when you get back. Say goodbye to traditional metal keys.
Smart locks let you assign unique access codes to guests, including regulars like babysitters, house cleaners, and dog walkers. You can see a timeline of who went in your house at what time.
And you can usually schedule codes to only work during certain times or for a certain time period (like 24 hours). That’s great if you need to give the A/C maintenance person access but only between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. one day.