Although many people still use more conventional types of locks at home, the number of homeowners having modern electronic locks installed is staggering. At one time, electronic locks were used only by businesses and the wealthy, but today, they have become one of the most popular choices for security for everyone, and with good reason.
One of the biggest challenges is trying to determine which type of electronic lock is best. Because there are so many options, you can always ask for recommendations from a licensed locksmith or have a locksmith conduct an analysis of your home to identify which locks would be most beneficial.
Electronic Locks, Cylinders, and Handles
Many people are unaware that the concept of electronic cylinders and battery-operated readers inside door handles is nothing new. In fact, this has been around for years, but with more affordable products and better flexibility, the level of popularity has grown substantially.
One of the primary goals with electronic cylinders is to provide an access control system for doors without spending a fortune. Instead of the standard door cylinders, battery-operated cylinders are used. As a result, there is no need for a locksmith to do any hard wiring or drill holes in your home. Instead, this type of lock operates wirelessly. Because it is battery-powered, you still have locking capability in the midst of a bad storm.
In fact, when comparing the benefits of a wireless electronic cylinder with access control systems that are hard wired, you will quickly discover they are much the same.
- Lost/Stolen Keys – There is no need to change the lock in the event that keys are lost or stolen.
- Restricted Areas – Electronic access control systems allow you to restrict certain areas of the home and even put restrictions on specific times of the day or night someone can access certain areas.
- High-Tech Features – These locks can also be programmed and managed online. Using a computer or smartphone, you have the ability to lock and unlock doors. Additional features include the ability to turn lights on and off, set the thermostat, and even control small appliances.
- Hands-Free – Modern electronic locks also provide hands-free operation. Again, because there are no keys involved, getting inside the home is quicker and easier. Obviously, this enhances security as well as convenience. For instance, if you were to arrive late at night with groceries, rather than scrounging for the key, you simply use the electronic keypad or biometrics system.
- Ease of Use – Another benefit has to do with the ease of use. Especially for people who live with disabilities, modern electronic locks can be a lifesaver. For example, someone who is visually impaired does not have to stand outside trying to get a key in the lock.