Smart locks have several features, benefits, and are equipped with one of the most important aspects of the modern world: convenience. As such, this piece of technology has quickly become a popular choice among homeowners. Being able to use mobile devices to control your entry door remotely, as well as monitor your home’s front door status is definitely worth its while. Not only is it convenient, it adds an additional measure of security – providing homeowners with peace of mind every time they leave their home. However, as with most good things, it comes with its set of limitations. Here, we’ll quickly go over them so you are prepared to make an informed decision.
What are the Limitations of Smart Locks?
It’s almost certain that smart technology is our future. With smartphones, smart homes, the possibilities are endless. Smart locks are just one of the many inventions made recently, and there are so many yet to come. And while that may seem enticing, it would be unwise to ignore the fact that each new piece of tech comes with its own set of limitations.
Reliance on Electricity
A device’s reliance on any one thing makes it vulnerable to possible threats. In this case, smart locks are reliant on electricity. This means that any time the power in your home goes off you’re left vulnerable to many things. For example, your front door can be left unlocked. Or, your smart lock can malfunction. While most systems have a backup battery, you still wouldn’t want to risk your valuables to the chance of system failure. Some smart locks have keyholes for such instances, but not all of them offer that option.
Reliance on Wireless Network
No matter what type of smart locks you have (bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Z-Wave lock), you may be faced with the same risk of losing connection. While the probability of that happening is low, you still need a backup plan in case.
Costs (Time & Money)
Smart locks can be expensive as well as time consuming. Moreover, there are a plethora of smart lock options available on the market. This means not only will you have quite a few products to go through, you’ll have to make time to research and read up on reviews before coming to a decision. To make things more complicated, you may not find a suitable smart lock from the brand you choose due to the compatibility issues – which we will discuss a little further down this article.
However, the biggest reason people tend to stay away from smart locks is their price. A regular entry door lock may cost you from $50 to $500. The smart locks could easily cost you thousands of dollars with their pricey kit and complicated installation process. In fact, you may end up spending more money attempting to fix a smart lock malfunction as well.
Vulnerability to Hackers
Another massive vulnerability that smart locks fall victim to is hacking. Hackers, if they wanted to, could override the smart lock system and gain entry to your home. Or they could target weak digital security protocols on the lock to access your network. Either way, it creates severe security issues. So when you consider buying a smart lock, it’s essential you look into the security and anti-hacking features.
Possibility of Malfunction
Malfunctions are common – however, they don’t normally cause disruptions that wake you in the middle of the night. If the door sensor of a smart lock is too sensitive, however – it’ll blare an alarm, definitely disturbing your normal routine, or your nightly routine. For those instances, you’ll have to spend time learning and educating those that live with you on the device’s management and system.
Can You Use a Smart Lock on a 3 Point Lock Door?
Most smart locks only work with deadbolts. So, if you use a 3 point lock door, you might find it difficult to locate a compatible smart lock to install. If you really want to use a smart multi-point lock, you may need to customize the lock or the door. Either way, it’s a costly alternative.
If you want to enjoy the convenience that smart locks bring to your life, that’s perfectly fine. Just be aware of the limitations they hold. On a positive note, smart locks will continue to evolve as technology continues to evolve – becoming more secure and risk free as time passes. Of course, instead of spending all that time researching smart lock options, you could always have a consultation with experts of that industry. Our team of professionals at ALDA Windows and Doors can help you find an ideal smart lock that will easily integrate into your daily routine. If you want additional details, simply contact us at (416) 807-4242 and we’ll be happy to help you on your way to an optimal decision.