When comparing and purchasing keypad door locks, it is important that the consumer understand what they are and how they work. Essentially, they are keyless locks that use either a numbered or an alphabet keypad to input a security code, which then opens the door the keyless lock is attached to. Up until recently, commercial keypad door locks were more common than finding them in use in a residential setting; however, they have become very popular for use in homes in recent years.
Features and Benefits of Keypad Door Locks
One of the most touted benefits of using a keypad door lock is that most are computer programmable, meaning that the homeowner can change the security code while away from the home if it is necessary. This is probably one of the best features to look for when comparing systems because it is an especially helpful feature. For example, if the homeowner is away at work and he or she needs to add a temporary security code to allow a repairman in the home. The homeowner can assign the code from the computer and alter or delete it from the computer when the repairman has finished his job. This results in less frustration or even lost wages if self employed because the homeowner no longer needs to schedule home repairs around conflicting schedules and he no longer needs to take time off from work to facilitate access to the home.
Another great benefit to using a keyless entry system is of course the lack of a key. Any system being considered should never make the homeowner use a key because it would defeat the purpose of a keyless entry system and take away from the security of the lock. With a keyless entry system, the homeowner never needs to worry about losing his or her keys or being locked out of the home. Because the keyless entry system relies on a number or letter combination set in advance he or she can never be locked out again. Additionally, the security of the home is always intact because the homeowner will never need to leave a spare key lying around where others can find it, such as stashed in a flowerpot or above the door jam-where they are typically found.
Probably the biggest reason touted for using a keyless entry system though is that most of them are completely “bump proof”. Bumping a door lock is the easiest way for thieves to enter the home without being detected. Making a bump key is simple and instructions are posted all over the Internet. Using a bump key is even simpler and requires only a slight bit of force to open any door, even a dead bolted door. Most keyless entry systems make the bumping method of forced entry impossible, meaning the home is much more safe from thieves. This is one of the most crucial points when comparing keyless entry systems and if the system a homeowner is looking at does not guarantee it is bump proof, it is not worth the time or money.
Installing and Using a Keyless Entry System
Installing a door keypad lock is simple and any homeowner can do so within a few hours providing they have some basic DIY skills at their disposal. Some come equipped with a knob and locking system all in one device, such as Schlage keypad door locks. These systems have become quite popular because it means less installation frustrations in lining up the pieces and later with wiring. The homeowner should determine if he or she wants the keypad handle to turn to the left or right, which would depend on what way the door itself opens. Once determined, line the template up and mark where the screws will be installed. Then, line up on the outside of the door where the keypad will sit flush with the interior plate. Then, simply screw both plates to the door being careful to not insert the screws into the cables that carry the electric to the keypad, or it will short the system and the lock will not work. After screwing in the keyless entry system, set the code according to the directions and it is set to use.
The code used can be anything the homeowner wishes it to be, as long as it conforms to the letters and numbers on the keypad and within a certain length of combinations. A typical home security code will consist of four to eight letters or numbers or a combination of both. Any number of combinations can be set for each individual using the lock as well as temporary combinations that can be deleted after they are used. Once the codes are set, the homeowner can begin using them to unlock the door. Simply pressing the code will alert the lock that an authorized person is attempting to enter the home and the door will automatically unlock. Keypad door locks without doubt can make life that much simpler and can also provide an enhanced level of security to your home or business.