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Should You Install Electronic Door Locks?

As our lives get more high-tech, your house-key may one day go the way of the typewriter.

Keyless entry products are rapidly transforming the way we  secure our  homes. Keyless systems may not be for everyone, particularly anyone that's not comfortable with technology.

If you are tech-savvy, these keyless entry systems add another layer of home protection that's not available from a typical door. And you don't have to ever worry about losing your keys again.

Are these easy-access locks the right choice for you?  If you have no problem programming your DVR, universal remote and household thermostat, a keyless lock may be a good option.

Here are some of the technologies currently on the market:

Biometric fingerprint recognition

Biometric locks recognize your fingerprint, allowing you to unlock your home with a swipe of your finger. This type of keyless lock requires you to program it with your fingerprints of everyone you want to have  access your home.

Keyless deadbolts

They are very dependable and also offer keyed entry alongside the digital keypad  in case you forget your code.

Keyless remote door locks

These systems don't require keys or codes. They include a fob similar to ones that you use for opening your vehicle. Using RFID technology, the door will open with the press of a button.

Smartphone-controlled locks

These locks sync with your mobile phone via Bluetooth. This allows you to control entry to your home remotely as well as track who is coming and going. Some  will automatically unlock your door when you approach it.

Keypad locks

These entry systems require you to program an entry code. More complex models may allow you to have individual codes for specific people.

Prices for electronic door locks range from $100 to more than $1,000, depending on the type of lock and features included. While they can make entering and exiting your home easier, they aren't necessarily more secure than traditional keyed locks.

Burglars generally enter homes through unlocked doors or windows or by forcing open a window or door.

Whether you opt for traditional keys or a new, high-tech electronic lock for your home, you should make sure you are properly insured for a break-in.


Frances Zettl