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    Simplify home sharing with Schlage smart locks.

    June 11, 2019 6:30 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    Simplify home sharing with Schlage electronic locks | Schlage

    When you manage a vacation rental property, you want the experience to be simple for you and enjoyable for your guests. Smart locks and electronic deadbolts can help achieve that.

     

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    When you manage a vacation rental property, you want the experience to be simple for you and enjoyable for your guests. Smart locks and electronic deadbolts can help achieve that. They are easy to install and use, provide peace of mind thanks to their superior security and offer keyless convenience so it’s easy to grant access to guests without worrying about lost keys. Some locks can be controlled remotely, giving you access from anywhere, even when you aren’t in the same state as your rental property.
    Man at front door with electronic lock.

    Be prepared

    Part of giving your guests a superior experience is making sure everything, including the door lock, is ready before their arrival.

     

    • Make sure your door is properly aligned so that the deadbolt continues to operate smoothly. As the seasons and humidity change, the wood around your door can expand, contract or warp. When this happens, you might find that your deadbolt will rub or stick in the door jamb. Make regular checks on the door’s structure and impact on your lock.

    • When you create an access code for your guest, make it something they won’t forget. We recommend the last four digits of their phone number.

    • If you don’t want guests forgetting to lock up behind themselves, program the auto-lock feature on your Schlage smart lock. You can set the delay for as short as 15 seconds or as long as four minutes.

    • When you create an access code, you can also schedule that code to be deleted at a specific day and time. If your guests are supposed to check out on Tuesday morning, you won’t have to remember to change or remove the code. Simply set the expiration for noon on Tuesday and prepare for your next visitors.

    • In the event that your guest will need to change the smart lock’s batteries during their stay, we recommend having spare batteries easily accessible on the property. Replacing batteries is simple, especially with spares on hand and our tip sheets below.

    • If you’d like to have a traditional key available to guests in an emergency, like if the battery dies while they’re away and you’re not on site, you can store it in a lockbox in another location. Should they need access to the key, you can then provide them with a code to the lockbox with minimal inconvenience.

     

    If you’re still unsure about whether smart locks are right for your Airbnb, Vrbo or other vacation rental, check out this article on why smart locks are a smart business decision.

    Welcome guests

    But if you’re already onboard and are looking to make it even easier for you and your guests to enjoy all the benefits of a Schlage smart lock, here are some helpful tip sheets. They’ll walk your guests through how best to use the lock during their stay, what to do in certain scenarios such as a battery warning and the meanings of the icons and lights on the touchscreens.

     

    Feel free to download and provide these tips to your guests, either by posting them in the rental or including them in a welcome packet or other pre-visit communication. They’ll know you went the extra step to make their stay that much more secure and convenient.
     

     

    Smart locks and electronic deadbolts provide security and convenience for homeowners and home hosts alike. Look to Schlage to provide peace of mind that can only come from a brand with nearly 100 years of experience and trust.

     

    From gadgets to brews, Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad.

    June 7, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 7, 2019

    Father's Day gift ideas | Schlage

    Dad is a special man in your life. He deserves something unique.

     

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    Dad is a special man in your life. He deserves something unique. No matter what he’s into, this Father’s Day gift guide can help you find the perfect way to show how much you care.
    Man at front door with smart lock.

    Handy dad

    • Digital or laser measuring tool: If a handy dad has taught you anything, it’s “Measure twice, cut once.” Make that even easier with pocket-sized laser technology. Simple and convenient will always make Dad smile.

    • Pocketknife or multi-tool: It’s not always clear why he needs a pocketknife on hand at all times. Maybe it’s his Boy Scout days – be prepared! But if it makes him happy, why not? A good multi-tool like a Leatherman, especially if it includes a knife, is another can’t-miss.

    • Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set: Because he’s your superhero.

    Tech dad

    • Smart locks: Our previous suggestions still hold true, but we’d also add the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt to that list. Dad will know the house and his family are secure with any of these options, and the Schlage Encode lock provides additional convenience with it’s built-in WiFi, no hubs or accessories needed. Be sure to check out the other smart home technology it’s compatible with and help Dad build the connected home of his dreams.

    • Hotspot/Power bank: This gem of a gadget can help Dad stay connected from almost anywhere. It’s great for traveling or the backyard where he might want a stronger WiFi signal to play music during an outdoor party or while getting some work done on the deck.

    • Wireless lantern with speaker: If Dad likes to entertain but doesn’t want to be tied down, check out this rechargeable party lantern. It even has a remote, and what Dad doesn’t love one of those?

    Beer-loving dad

    • Beer garden: Put your own gardening and DIY skills to the test and make him a beer garden. HGTV shows you how to use bottles to create a trellis for hops to climb in this perfect-for-dad container garden.

    • Home brewing gear: If you’ve inspired him with the beer garden, gift Dad the equipment to make his own brew at home. The Strategist has options for beginners and more experienced masters.

    Grilling dad

    • BBQ multi-tool: Bob Vila introduced us to this multi-function grilling accessory. Is it tongs? Is it a spatula? Is it a bottle opener, knife, grill scraper and fork? Yes, yes and yes. Is it also cool? You bet.

    • Utility cart grilling station: Some elbow grease and your love can turn a tool cart into the perfect work surface for the patio. Check out HGTV’s tips for building the perfect grilling station. We think it would also make a pretty terrific bar cart, if that’s more up Dad’s alley.

    • Grilling light: Whether it’s a late-night BBQ or the equally awesome pre-dawn start-roasting-the-whole-hog extravaganza, Dad needs to see what he’s doing. Delish shows us the Magnetic Barbecue Grill Light and we’re disappointed we didn’t think of this sooner ourselves.

    Outdoorsy dad

    • Solar-powered charging bank: When Dad hits the trails, make sure he can still stay powered up. Just because he’s enjoying nature doesn’t mean he has to go totally prehistoric.

    • Fire starter: A windproof way to light a fire on the trail? Dad will be saying, “Yes, please” and “Thank you” with this suggestion from Fresh Off the Grid, which also features a flashlight.

    • Cast iron skillet: Business Insider hit the nail on the head – cast iron cookers are ideal for car camping because of their weight – but what dad wouldn’t want to feel like a cowboy, cooking vittles over the open fire? Plus, when he uses it at home, you might be on the receiving end of a delicious grilled pizza.

    Gardening dad

    • Hose timer: You can get Dad a nice no-kink hose for hassle-free convenience, or go a step further and add economic- and environmentally friendly on top of that with a hose timer. He can schedule when the yard gets watered, saving him time and money so he can spend more with you.

    • Soil test kit: If he takes a scientific approach to his gardening, Dad definitely needs this at-home kit that tells him exactly what nutrients his plants need. Make him the green guru of the neighborhood and take your curb appeal to the next level.

    Share the love. Visit us on Twitter or Facebook and tell us some of your top Father’s Day gift ideas that you’ve given or received.

     

    Schlage Home app offers handheld convenience for multiple smart locks.

    May 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one.

     

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    As smart locks offer more and improved features, they’re becoming increasingly popular options for securing homes of all kinds. And unlike mechanical locks where you might need to carry a different set of keys for every door, managing a smart lock doesn’t get more difficult just because you have more than one. How is this possible? With the Schlage Home app.
    Man viewing the Schlage Home app on his iPhone at the office.

    Why would I have multiple smart locks?

    Schlage smart locks are intelligent solutions for all types of entryways. If you already own one smart lock, you know about the keyless convenience and peace of mind it provides. But whether you’re looking to add more smart security or are just now considering taking the plunge into electronic locks, imagine the combination of possibilities.

     

    • Multiple locks on the same home, like both the front and back doors, or the front door and garage entry

    • Your parents’ house, perfect for when you’re caring for older family members aging in place

    • A rental property, whether it’s nearby or in another state

    • A private entrance for house-sharing guests at your own home

    What can the Schlage Home app control?

    The Schlage Home app works with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. Whether you have one of each, two Schlage Encode locks or a pair of Schlage Sense locks in different locations, you can use a single Schlage Home app to set up and control them all.

    How do I keep my smart locks organized?

    Using the Schlage Home app, you assign a unique name to each lock during setup. For example, you might choose “Home Front Door,” or “Guest Entrance” if you have a dedicated entryway specifically for home-share guests. It might be “Mom’s Front Door” if you have access to your parents’ home or “Beach House” for your vacation rental.

     

    Whatever names you choose, we recommend keeping them as easy-to-remember as possible, particularly if you’re managing multiple locks. You don’t want a confusing name to cause you to accidentally change a setting on the wrong deadbolt.

    How do I create or change my smart locks’ names?

    You will be asked to choose and enter the name of your lock during the deadbolt’s setup process with the Schlage Home app. To change it later, choose the lock you would like to update from your Schlage Home app’s main screen. Go to Settings, found by tapping the gear icon in the lower left corner. From the list, select Name, then type in the new identifying title for your deadbolt and select Done.

     

    There’s so much more you can do with your Schlage Home app, regardless of whether you have one, two or even three locks. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere, create and manage multiple access codes, customize push notifications for when an access code is used or when a disturbance is detected at the door, and change auto-lock timing or other settings. All of this is done simply and conveniently from the palm of your hand.

    How do I access my smart locks from anywhere?

    Because the Schlage Encode lock features built-in WiFi, you can access your lock from anywhere using the Schlage Home app with no need to purchase an additional accessory.

     

    In order to communicate with the Schlage Sense lock, you’ll need either the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter or, for Apple HomeKit users, an Apple TV/iPad. Use these tips to choose the accessory that’s right for you and control your Schlage Sense deadbolt remotely and conveniently.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app or use our interactive tool to get help deciding which smart lock is right for you and all the homes where you want the safety, style and simplicity of Schlage.

     

    What to do with your Schlage smart lock when moving.

    May 17, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with satin nickel grip on glass front door.

    With Schlage smart locks, the simplicity of installation and use stays with you all through this life transition.

     

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    Congratulations on your new home! You probably have lots of logistics to plan and even more questions that need to be answered. We’re here to solve one quandary – what do you do with your smart locks when you move? With Schlage smart locks, the simplicity of installation and use stays with you all through this life transition. Check out these two options.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Satin Nickel grip on glass front door.

    Take your lock with you

    Transferring your lock to your new home is easier than you think. When you disconnect your Schlage smart lock to move, don’t worry about losing your information. In nearly every case, as long as you do not manually complete a Factory Default Reset, your access codes, synced devices and other data will continue to be stored even after uninstalling your lock or removing the batteries. When you get to your new home, simply reinstall the lock, make sure your WiFi network or smart home system are up and working again, and you’re ready to go.

     

    A special note for those using the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter: Your devices will remain paired after your move. However, if your WiFi network information changes at the new house, you will need to complete the setup process with the adapter again. This is so that the adapter and lock can identify the new WiFi network name and Service Set Identifier (SSID) to continue providing you access from anywhere.

    Leave your lock for the new owners

    If you decide to leave the smart lock on the door for the new homeowners, you’ll want to complete a Factory Default Reset. This removes your manually programmed access codes and allows the new owner to create their own. It also resets the lock so that it’s no longer synced to other smart hubs or devices. Follow the links below to complete the Factory Default Reset on your lock:
     


    Hopefully you still have the pre-programmed access codes and programming code that came with the lock. If so, provide those to the new owners as well. You can find these codes in the Quick Start Guide or on the inside of the back of the lock.

     

    Like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, the Factory Default Reset of your Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus technology can also be accomplished by holding the Enrollment button on the lock for seven seconds. The LED lights will indicate if the reset was successful. The new homeowners also won’t require the programming code to re-enroll the lock. They can use the Enrollment button or the Smart Start QR Code for enrollment.

    Moving might feel overwhelming sometimes, but at Schlage, we try to make sure your home security isn’t part of that stress. Visit our Real Estate page for more tips and a helpful moving checklist.

     

    10 inexpensive ways to enhance your home security.

    May 9, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 9, 2019

    Brick two-story home with red front door.

    Improving your home security is important any time of year. Here are 10 ways to improve your home’s security without breaking the bank or your back.

     

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    As far as we’re concerned, improving your home security is important any time of year, not just at holidays when you’re concerned about packages. But with the change of seasons, now might be a good time to do a quick audit of how safe your house and belongings are. Here are 10 ways to improve your home’s security without breaking the bank or your back.

     

    Rule #1: Regardless of the kind of locks you have on your home, use them. It’s easy to forget to lock up or feel like it’s necessary, especially if you’re at home. But an unlocked door, no matter how strong your deadbolt or security system, won’t protect you from would-be-thieves.

    Brick two-story home with red front door.

    Smart security

    Not all smart technology costs an arm and a leg, and it’s not all difficult to set up.

     

    • Timers: With a simple smart plug or plug-in digital timer, you can schedule lights and even shades to give the impression that someone is home. This is especially handy when you’re on vacation, although it’s effective for everyday life, like when you head out to dinner. Some of these have the benefit of “set it and forget it” for additional ease of use. When you add a garage door timer to your security efforts, there’s no more wondering if you closed the door after bringing in the groceries either. These timers automatically lower the door after a certain length of time.

    • Smart locks: There are so many features on a Schlage smart lock that can enhance your home security. Keyless convenience means there are no spare keys to lose and no fake rock, which isn’t that secure anyway, to hide. When you sync your smart lock with an app like the Schlage Home app, you can easily monitor the status of your deadbolt, lock it from anywhere if you forgot before you left the house and see who has used access codes to come and go. Many smart locks also have an auto-lock feature, meaning that if you do forget to lock up behind you, your deadbolt will take care of it for you.

      We have a variety of smart locks that work with different home technology. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt features built-in WiFi, making it increasingly affordable because no additional smart home hubs or accessories are required. It’s battery-powered, so no wiring is necessary, and interactive instructions make installation easy.

    • Motion sensors: Lights are always a good way to deter burglars. Motion sensors have the additional benefit of being a bit startling when a light unexpectedly shines on an ill-intentioned individual. Depending on your setup, sensors can also activate cameras, a push notification to your phone or even sound effects like a barking dog.

    Low-tech security

    Cavemen had spears. Because sometimes all you need is a stick.

     

    • Sliding door stops: How can a stick keep your home safe peacefully? Place it in the tracks of a sliding door to make it more difficult to sneak in the back door. According to Safety.com, nearly a quarter of thieves enter the house through the back. You can go high tech or keep it basic. Try a piece of PVC pipe. Then run a string from end to end to make pulling out of the slider’s tracks simple for you.

    • Window stops: You never want to seal off a window – what about those refreshing breezes? – but a window stop can keep a ground-level window from opening wide enough for unwanted entry.

    • Shed locks: Not everything that’s valuable is necessarily in your house. Secure substantial sheds and garages with mechanical deadbolts to protect your power tools, mowers and other big-ticket outdoor items.

    Green security

    Plants can both help and hurt your home’s security. Make them work in your favor.

     

    • Trim shrubs: Overgrown bushes, especially around entryways and windows, provide easy cover for intruders. If you really want shrubs in these areas, keep them trimmed down.

    • Prickly plants: Another option if you love greenery around your doorways is to choose bushes with thorns and other painful defense mechanisms. No one will want to hide in acacia or climbing roses.

    Social security

    No neighborhood watch? No problem.

     

    • Meet your neighbors: Even if your community doesn’t have an official neighborhood watch, ask those living near you to keep an eye on your house, especially when you head out of town. They can pick up your mail, park their car in your driveway and even put some of their garbage in front of your house on trash day so it doesn’t look like you’re away.

    • Avoid social media: Yes, we know it’s exciting that you get to go to Hawaii. And it’s probably even more exciting for potential thieves who know it’ll be a while before you return. It’s tempting, but try to hold off on status updates that make it obvious your house is empty.

     

    Remember that enhancing your home security doesn’t have to be expensive and it certainly doesn’t have to be unattractive. Find more ways to make your home safer while also boosting its curb appeal here. And don’t forget to share your security ideas with us on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Smart locks for aging in place.

    May 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 3, 2019

    Schlage Encode smart wifi deadbolt in satin nickel with camelot trim on blue front door

    Consider how a Schlage smart lock can help your loved ones keep the independence they desire and give everyone peace of mind.

     

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    They took care of you. Now you can take care of them. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the elderly population will more than double to 80 million by 2050, and most of that growth is happening right now. More and more families are looking to help relatives age in place safely. Consider how a Schlage smart lock can help and give everyone peace of mind.
    Schlage smart lock in satin nickel on blue front door.

    Access codes

    Schlage smart locks allow you to create unique access codes, so you never need to use a key if you don’t want to. Assigning access codes to trusted family, friends and caregivers can add another level peace of mind. Maybe your parents have a healthcare aid or housecleaner who stops by a few times a week to help out. With access codes, you don’t have to worry about handing out spare keys. Particularly when mobility or illness is a concern, this is a great option for simplifying something as critical as welfare checks or as mundane as household chores.

     

    Even if you’re the one primarily visiting your family members, access codes can be helpful to you in that you don’t have to carry or remember a separate set of keys. No more making a special trip home to find other keys or losing the spare just so you have the flexibility to stop by and say, “hello” at any time.

     

    It’s easy to create and manage codes. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt can store up to 100 unique codes, while the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt has memory for up to 30. No matter which lock you choose, you can then use the Schlage Home app to add, delete or change settings for codes.

     

    This includes creating schedules for individual codes. For example, if the housecleaner is only expected Wednesdays between 9 and 11 a.m., you can schedule the code to be active only during that timeframe. When you no longer wish someone to have access to your parents’ home, you can delete the code at any time, all from your smartphone or the lock’s touchscreen.

     

    On a side note, if you already have a Schlage smart lock on your own home, you can continue to manage that lock as well as your parents’ from the same Schlage Home app. The app is designed to work with multiple locks in multiple locations as easily as if you were monitoring only one door.

    Lock Status

    Many of us struggle with memory as we get older, and forgetting to lock our doors can be a safety concern. Would you be more comfortable with elderly relatives living alone if you could be sure that their home was locked at night? With the Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense deadbolts on your door and the Schlage Home app on your smartphone, you can check the lock’s status remotely. And if you find it hasn’t been locked, a single tap on your smartphone’s screen lets you change that.

     

    You can also use the Schlage Home app to unlock the door from anywhere when your Schlage Encode or Schlage Sense deadbolts are connected to WiFi. This may be appealing to you in the event of an emergency when first responders need to enter the home and no one can come to the door. We hope you never need this feature for that reason, but it is available just in case.

    Voice commands

    The Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense smart deadbolts work with hands-free voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. If you’re thinking that this type of technology and artificial intelligence aren’t a right fit for your older parents, consider these capabilities:

     

    • Set daily reminders to take medication or complete other regular tasks

    • Use speech-to-text functions, perfect for those with hearing disabilities or who struggle with smartphone touchpads

    • Make hands-free calls and texts, similar to how you use your phone’s Bluetooth technology in your car

    Forbes also reports on a study that also found voice assistants help older adults feel less isolated and that that connection to family, friends and their community can maintain or improve brain function.

     

    So what’s voice commands’ relation to locks? For one, you can use voice commands to control your Schlage smart deadbolt. A simple, “Hey, Google. Is the front door locked?” will give you a status update. And “Alexa, lock the front door” will secure the deadbolt. There’s no more worrying about going down the steps at night just to check the lock when you can do it from bed.

     

    You or your family member can also create simple scenes, essentially a chain reaction of “events” that gets triggered with a single voice command. Just say, “Alexa, it’s time for bed,” and the scene you built will turn down lights, lock the door, adjust the thermostat and more.

     

    At Schlage, we strive to make life safer and more convenient for you and your entire family. Get help deciding which of our smart locks is the right fit for your family at any stage in life.

     

    6 tips for a welcoming smart home.

    April 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    Traditional entryway with Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    Everyone loves a smart home … up until the moment they’re yelling at Alexa and can’t figure out why she won’t turn on the light.

     

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    Everyone loves a smart home … up until the moment they’re yelling at Alexa and can’t figure out why she won’t turn on the light. (Hint: The lamp might have a confusing name.) With these six tips, you can create an easy-to-use smart home for you, family members and guests.
    Traditional entryway with Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    1. Focus on the essentials

    Whether you’re building a smart home only for yourself or thinking about others in the house, decide which devices are most important to you. Are smart lights/thermostats you can adjust remotely/smart locks/irrigation control for your backyard/all of the above critical? The more smart devices you try to integrate, the more difficult it might be for young family members, visitors – anyone you welcome into your home. There’s so much fun technology out there, it doesn’t take much to get carried away. But if ease of use is a high priority for you, be judicious about how you set up your home automation system from Day One.

    2. Keep it simple

    Are you using voice control as part of your home automation system? Keep the commands simple. You don’t want guests stumbling over “Turn on downstairs desk lamp” when “Turn on lamp” will suffice. And if you have kids, How-To-Geek recommends keeping voice commands as basic as possible and with short, easy-to-say words.

    3. Grant access with a code

    Sending a virtual key for your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is a super-convenient way to grant home access to guests without having to share a physical key that can be lost or forgotten. Virtual keys are administered and used via smartphone, but if guests don’t want to use the Schlage Home app or are too young to have a smartphone, you can also set up access codes to use on your Schlage smart deadbolt’s keypad. No matter which smart lock you choose, you can assign multiple access codes that give visitors, your kids or whoever you trust keyless convenience and the ability to come and go as they please.

    4. Enter guest mode

    Some devices, like Google Home, will be more guest-friendly when you enable their Guest Mode. Sure, visitors can still activate the device’s basic functions even if it’s not in Guest Mode, but to play their own music from their own phone, you’ll want to set this up. Most devices have some similar features – Apple HomeKit lets you send invites to guests for greater access – so take the time to learn how your technology works best for your visitors. They’ll definitely appreciate it.

    5. Back it up

    Some people simply won’t or can’t take advantage of all of your smart home technology. You can’t always expect a toddler to control the lights with voice control after all. Maybe a visually impaired guest can’t see the touchscreen. When this is the case, be prepared with traditional backups. A typical light switch, a mechanical key for your front door or a traditional remote may be just the thing that makes people feel more comfortable in your home.

    6. Go ahead and cheat

    When all else fails, never underestimate the power of a cheat sheet. A simple list of instructions and common voice control commands that lets guests take advantage of your smart home’s technology can reduce confusion.

     

    Security – for themselves, their loved ones, their belongings – is one of the main reasons people integrate smart home technology into their lives. Visit Schlage.com to learn about smart solutions for your own home.

    Want a healthy home? Make it smart.

    April 15, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 15, 2019

    Modern entryway with matte black smart lock on green door.

    We’ve said it before: smart home technology can improve energy efficiency and help keep the environment healthy. But did you know it can also keep you healthy?

     

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    We’ve said it before: smart home technology can improve energy efficiency and help keep the environment healthy. But did you know it can also keep you healthy?

     

    Wellness, and how the home can help you achieve it, is becoming increasingly important to both the people building houses and those who will ultimately live there. If you’re ready to jump on this trend and use your favorite technology to improve your daily health habits, we have some ideas for you.

    Modern entryway with matte black smart lock on green door.

    Sleep well

    A good night’s sleep is paramount to health. You’ll be in a better mood, more productive at work, more motivated to work out or play with the kids and have a better chance of losing or keeping off weight. So how can a smart home help you catch some ZZZs?

     

    Circadian lighting simulates the type of natural light you encounter at different parts of the day and has a huge impact on how well you sleep. Adding circadian lighting to your home can be as basic as installing a lightbulb or as high tech as choosing a system that changes the light’s color on a timer. There are also alarm clocks that gently wake you as opposed to startling you out of slumber, something that almost always gets you up on the wrong side of the bed. And don’t forget the kiddos. Make bedtime easier on everyone with a combination alarm clock/night light/sound machine.

    Get cooking

    More and more kitchen appliances are getting smart. The refrigerator might have been one of the first to transition, but now Amazon has a smart microwave and several companies have introduced smart ovens that can tell you when the roast is done.

     

    Some of these items can still be a bit pricey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be smart in the kitchen. Use your Amazon Echo or Google Home, for example, to help you be a better chef. Who can remember what the internal cooking temperature should be for your meat? You don’t have to when you can say, “Alexa, what temperature should my chicken cook to?” And if your goal is to be better at meal prep and planning, use these assistants to help find healthy recipes, create your grocery list or even order your groceries for you when you’re synched to the appropriate services.

    Find your peace of mind

    Sanity is a kind of healthy, and with today’s schedules getting increasingly hectic, sometimes not having to think about “just one more thing” can make you feel a whole lot better. With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you’ll never have to wonder if you remembered to lock your door before you left the house. Simply check the lock’s status on your smartphone or ask Alexa from the other room.

     

    Other features can go a long way toward that peace of mind as well. The activity log in the Schlage Home app can tell you when an access code has been used, so you’ll know if your kids arrived home safely from school. You might even want to check on the locks at your elderly parents’ home if they often forget to secure their front door.

     

    Maybe your worry is more about deliveries to your home. Keep porch pirates at bay when you pair your Schlage Encode lock with Key by Amazon. Prime users in select areas can opt in to having packages delivered inside the front door, protecting your newly purchased items from would-be thieves, Mother Nature and more.

    Keep an eye on the sky

    No matter how many air purifiers we have or plants we grow, there are always things – pollen, carbon monoxide – in the air. Some of them good, some of them bad, some of them both or neither depending on how much of it there is. Your smart home can help you determine your air quality and take steps for improvement. There are the more obvious smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that can literally keep you alive. Forbes also talks about how some homes are also being built with sensors that, when high levels of allergens are detected, will adjust your air filtration system to literally clear the air.

     

    When you integrate smart technology into your home, you not only do your part for the environment, but you can also improve your health and that of your family as well. Visit Schlage.com for more tips and trends in smart home automation.
     

    9 smart lock myths you should ignore.

    March 18, 2019 10:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Smart lock on front door | Schlage

    There's no denying that the right smart lock can make your day-to-day much more convenient. But do you still have concerns keeping you from taking the plunge and embracing a keyless lifestyle?

     

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    There's no denying that the right smart lock can make your day-to-day much more convenient. Having the freedom to come and go without worrying about getting locked out is a major relief for many families, and ditching the fear that someone may lose or steal a spare key cannot be replaced. But do you still have concerns keeping you from taking the plunge and embracing a keyless lifestyle? Here are nine common smart lock myths you can ignore.
    Schlage Encode smart wifi deadbolt on modern, dark grey front door.

    "Smart locks are too technical."

    When it comes to new technology, many homeowners simply leave it to the early adopters to figure it out and avoid installing something new for fear of it being too technical. At Schlage, we've worked hard to simplify every stage of the smart lock experience. With the aid of the installation guide or our easy step-by-step video tutorials, you can install your lock in just a few minutes and the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver. It’s also never been easier to set up your Schlage lock with other home automation devices and build a true smart home.

    "The lock will fail when the power goes out."

    All Schlage's smart locks run on battery power. That means when the lights go out, your lock will continue to function as normal. Each of our keypads and touchscreens features back-lit numbers so you'll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.

     

    If the power does go out and your lock loses its connection to your home network, you won’t be able to access your lock remotely. However, you can still lock and unlock your door at the keypad. There’s no need to give up peace of mind just because the power is down.

    "The lock must be wired"

    Because our locks are powered by batteries, there's no wiring involved. Simply snap the lock in place while following the installation instructions and install the batteries. You'll be up and running in no time. Each lock is also equipped with a low battery warning and backup entry method in the unlikely event that your batteries do fail. We recommend changing your batteries regularly as a best practice. For more information on which battery is best for your smart lock, check out this resource.

    "A new smart lock won't work with my technology."

    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks, each working with a different kind of network – WiFi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee. They’re also each compatible with a variety of smart home partners, including Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings and others. If you’re looking to connect to voice-control assistants or link to your Amazon account, we can do that, too. Use our Get Help Deciding tool to learn more about which Schlage smart lock works with the technology you already have in your home.

    "Smart locks are a bulky eye-sore."

    There's no reason to sacrifice great style for greater security and convenience. Our smart locks are available in the industry's most stylish finishes and trims. They feature a slim profile and tasteful design that creates a stylish look that effortlessly pairs well with our interior door hardware offerings.

    "The numbers will wear down and someone can guess my code."

    Each of Schlage's smart locks feature a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that works in the rain and when you’re wearing gloves. The numbers are guaranteed not to wear down or fade, so you can rest easy that potential intruders will not know your unique access code.

    "Mechanical locks are more secure."

    An important step any time you choose a new deadbolt to secure your home - whether mechanical or electronic - is to research the security grade of that deadbolt. A security rating of AAA is- the highest on the market, meaning top marks in Security, Durability and Finish. Schlage’s smart locks - the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with alarm - have AAA ratings so you know you've purchased the most secure lock on the market.

    "A key is more reliable."

    How many times have you lost your house key? Or walked out the door without it, swinging a locked door closed only to realize you cannot get back inside? With electronic locks, you no longer have to worry about that. Coming and going is easy when you're not weighed down by keys. But if you like to have that backup key - just in case - each of our smart locks provide that option for additional peace of mind.

    "It's too early to invest in a smart lock."

    If security weren’t a concern of yours, you wouldn’t be considering a smart lock. Schlage takes protecting you and your home seriously. The same commitment to quality and safety that we’ve put into mechanical locks for more than 95 years also goes into every smart lock we produce today. When you choose to trust Schlage, you get a limited lifetime mechanical warranty and a three-year electronics warranty, so you know we stand behind our smart locks.

    Learn more about each of our smart locks at Schlage.com and start building the smart home of your dreams.

    Schlage and Key by Amazon lock onto a smart combination.

    March 13, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Key by Amazon delivery

    If you have questions about Key and how you can use it to help make your home more secure and convenient, we have the answers.

     

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    It seems like Amazon does just about everything these days – simplifies gift giving, delivers groceries and even tells you cat jokes when you ask Alexa. Now Amazon locks your door and makes accepting packages even easier thanks to Key by Amazon’s compatibility with smart locks. If you have questions about Key and how you can use it to help make your home more secure and convenient, we have the answers.
    Key by Amazon delivery driver placing package inside front door with Schlage Encode lock

    What is Key by Amazon and how does it work?

    Key by Amazon is a smart home solution that can pair a compatible smart lock, Cloud Cam (Key Edition), the Key App and your wireless network to help you control access to your home from anywhere. In addition to keyless entry, when you pair your smart lock with the Cloud Cam, you can watch video clips when someone enters or exits your house, manage access codes and check on the status of your lock and its battery through the Key App.

     

    Prime members in select locations can also opt in to in-home delivery, offering additional convenience and peace of mind knowing that your packages won’t be stolen from your porch.

    Where is Key by Amazon available?

    The home-delivery option through Key by Amazon is available only in select cities and their surrounding areas. You can check the availability at Amazon.com or find a list of participating areas.

     

    Additional features of the Key App, such as the ability to set up and control your compatible smart lock remotely or manage guest access are available to anyone with the app and is not limited by location. You can also still use the Amazon Key App and the Amazon Cloud Cam for visually monitoring your door, even if you aren’t using in-home delivery. Keep an eye on your kids coming and going, or get video confirmation of the dog walker entering your home.

    Is Key by Amazon safe?

    When using the in-home delivery option, there is no need to provide access codes to those delivering a package. You will receive notifications of their arrival, can watch live video of the delivery through the app and receive additional notifications that your door has been re-locked. Compatible Schlage smart locks also offer auto-lock functionality that can be managed in the Key App for added assurance. Learn more how home delivery works here.

     

    Key is not currently integrated with home security systems. Because you will need to disable your system on delivery days, Amazon suggests not using the in-home delivery option if you are not comfortable turning off your system.

     

    You can also choose to use voice control commands through Alexa to unlock your door. As an additional level of security, you will be required to set and use a four-digit code to unlock your door using voice control.

    Do I have to use the in-home delivery option? Can it be disabled whenever I want?

    You are not required to use in-home delivery to enjoy the other benefits of Key or your smart lock. You can still control your lock remotely, watch videos of loved ones and trusted friends enter and exit your home via the app, assign access codes and more.

     

    If you enable in-home delivery, you can still block access on specific days via the Key App. Delivery drivers will simply leave your package on the porch as usual.

    Can I use Key by Amazon for other service providers too?

    Your smart lock can be used to grant access to other service providers such as house cleaners or dog walkers because of the ability to lock and unlock your door from anywhere and assign unique access codes. Access codes can be scheduled for one-time or recurring use, such as for the house cleaner every Wednesday at 9 a.m., as well as on a permanent basis. You can activate or deactivate, as well as change or delete, codes at any time.

    Woman checking smart lock status with smartphone

    Which smart locks work with Key by Amazon?

    The new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee certification are both compatible with Key by Amazon.

    Do I need additional accessories to use Key by Amazon?

    To use all of Key’s features, you will need the Amazon Key Smart Lock Kit. This includes a compatible smart lock, the Cloud Cam (Key Edition), which serves as the smart hub that allows your Zigbee-certified devices to communicate with your wireless network, and the Amazon Key App. You can purchase the kit as a bundle at Amazon.com.

     

    With its built in WiFi, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt communicates directly with your wireless network, so you can still control your lock remotely, manage codes or check the status of your lock, even without the Cloud Cam. However, you will need the Cloud Cam to enable in-home delivery or use the video monitoring features.

    Does Key by Amazon work with Alexa?

    You can use voice control to lock and unlock your smart deadbolt using Alexa and Key. Not sure if your door is secure? Simply ask, “Alexa, is the front door locked?”

     

    Learn more about synching Key with an Alexa device here.

    How do I set up my lock with Key by Amazon?

    Download the Amazon Key App to your smartphone and log into your Amazon account. Select the setup option in the app and follow the steps provided to synch your smart lock and the Amazon Cloud Cam if it is required for your lock model. You can then use the app to manage access, enable the in-home delivery option and more.

     

    Amazon provides troubleshooting tips if you have questions about pairing your lock.

    If I enroll my Schlage lock with Key by Amazon, will my lock still be compatible with other smart home devices?

    A compatible smart lock synched to Key by Amazon can only be managed with the Amazon Key App. Attempting to use multiple apps to control your smart lock may result in your lock or the apps not working as intended.

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Security continues to be a primary reason homeowners invest in smart home technology. That’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks. See for yourself the world of possibilities that lets you make the most of today’s rapidly growing smart home technologies. Visit schlage.com to learn more about Schlage's smart lock portfolio.

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