Is Keyless Entry Right for You?

by Siobhan Cerney

Posted on 2019-10-07 10:17:01


Is Keyless Entry Right for You?


Keyless door entry is rising in popularity for landlords and tenants alike. This means better security and no physical key present (so no door locking or copying issues). The tenants can manage their own access and receive information on who enters the premises. There are even some systems that use a retinal scan so that keys or code are not even necessary!

Keyless entry systems are extremely convenient since they don’t require an additional key to a keychain. So, if you’re in a hurry, you can use the keypad instead of using a key. This also comes in handy because there are also options to enter using your fingerprint (added security too). There is no reason to worry if the power goes out or if the batteries die for the entry system because there are always backup systems in place.

If a rental home has an automated security system along with the keyless entry system, you can receive alerts via email or to your phone when someone enters/exits the unit. This is a source of comfort knowing that you can easily keep track of entry in the case that someone breaks in. The customization of these systems is endless since you can also assign different codes for different people and the roles they possess. If for some reason someone has compromised their code, it can easily be changed.

The more popular keyless entry systems still need a key fob, so, this means you would still have to have something on hand in order to enter. The good news is, you can stick to just the keypad for entry, so you don’t spend extra money to provide remotes/fobs.  

The biggest hassle you may be faced with is changing the codes frequently for the keypad. With this comes an issue with the wear and tear of the pad from consistent use. Therefore, someone will be able to figure out the code based on the worn surfaces. You will need to keep track of the codes that are assigned to different people to be sure none of them are copied, and who has access. 

For a traditional key and deadbolt lock, you might spend upwards of $50.  Upgrading to a keyless entry system may set you back a couple of hundred dollars, possibly more if you opt to integrate it into a bigger home security system.  In addition, you may have to pay monthly fees and have additional charges for specific actions.

The installation of a keyless entry can be costly depending on how many features you want to add to the unit as far as security measures go. Monthly fees are involved, and possible charges for changing the codes as well or to have specific functions activated.  

Keyless entry is certainly something to look into so that everyone’s lives can be made easier. The question lies in the cost-effectiveness and if this is the best alternative for you. 

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