There are disadvantages to having to carry a key around. If someone manages to get their hands on your key, they can then have access to your home. If you lose your keys, you will not be able to get inside your home in the first place. However, there are still some reasons why you might want to choose keyless locks over other types.
How Keyless Locks Work
Keyless locks usually rely on a number that is entered into a combination lock or a keypad. Once the correct number has been entered, either the combination lock forces the door open or the electronic lock sends a signal that then opens the door. If you forget the number, call a family member to ask them to provide it for you. The bolts for keyless locks and keyed locks are the same. If someone tries to force either door open, the deadbolt that is inserted into the door jamb will prevent the door from opening.
The Convenience of Keyless
With keyed locks, you have to make sure that everyone in your family has a key. However, with keyless locks, you simply need to provide the pass code, which is much less expensive.
When the wrong person gets ahold of your keys, you will then have to go through the inconvenience of having all of your keys changed. However, if you simply have a code, you can have the keyless lock set to regularly alternate between different codes so that an intruder who discovers the code won't be able to use it for long. You can also change the code manually, which is much easier than having your keys changed.
It is easy to forget to lock a door after leaving. Even if you locked the door, you may find yourself distracted and wondering whether you really remembered. With keyless doors, the door will lock after a period of time has passed. You may also be able to access the lock with a Bluetooth or wirelessly. However, some may be concerned that this feature can be hacked by an intruder.
Consider Getting Both
If you cannot decide between a keyed or keyless lock, consider getting both. Some doors allow for a manual key override that is helpful if the battery powering the keyless lock is fully discharged. If the keyless lock is connected to your power grid, your key will allow you to open the door in the event of a power outage.
To learn more, contact a locksmith like Head's Lock & Key Works Ltd.