Staying Traditional or Going Digital - Which Lock is For You?
When it comes to your house lock, have you considered that you have more than just a bolt mechanism to choose from?
Gone are the days where only the traditional kind of lock existed. Now, we have so many options to explore because of the introduction of the digital lock.
In part 1 of this comparison guide for you to better decide which kind to select, we covered a few main points like safety and variety. Let’s move on to the next part!
We’ll be frank.
It’s to be expected that digital locks will cost more than the traditional option. After all, technology doesn’t usually come cheap, and you pay more for the added convenience.
While a broken bolted lock will not cause much distress to your pocket, a malfunctioning digital one may.
The silver lining is that many brands like Yale or Samsung offer models with competitive prices and are budget friendly, so it’s not as expensive as you think it is.
You also have to consider the money needed to replace the batteries, in particular for models that tend to sap the battery faster.
Ease of Use
Digital locks come with a wide array of functions and features that can be confusing.
It does take some time to get used to because it’s not as simple as slotting your key into a lock and turning it to open your door.
While the younger ones are more tech-savvy and adapt more easily to such technological changes, your parents or grandparents may not think the same.
For one, having to squint at the LED touchpad may be difficult for those elderly with eyesight issues. They may fiddle all day long with the digital lock and still be unable to remember how it functions.
Such an unfamiliar device may backfire and ultimately cause more problems instead. To solve this, think about you and your family’s lifestyle and needs before getting one that is best suited for you.
If the battery level is insufficient, you may have to use the mechanical key to open it. However, not all digital locks come with this function. If yours unfortunately doesn’t, you’ll have to find other ways like calling the repairman down and footing a costly bill.
Ease of Installation and Maintenance
Traditional locks are easy to install, but digital locks don’t fall far behind either. The amount of time taken to do so usually depends on the installer’s experience and familiarity with the lock. It typically takes around an hour or two to set it up. It’s really no rocket science, but having experience helps.
Because you may be unfamiliar with how it works if you’re a first-time buyer, we advise to not DIY but engage someone to install your digital lock for you, or get one that offers such a service for free.
If something goes wrong with the digital lock, it might not be as easy or common to find a specialised locksmith who can resolve it for you. They need to have electronic or programming knowledge in order to understand how the lock works and repair it.