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    Say “hello” to better vacation rental business.

    June 21, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    Vacation rental check in tips | Schlage

    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO.



    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO. And how do you provide an experience that converts customers and earns positive reviews? Show that you go the extra mile for your guests’ comfort: Pay attention to the details and make their stay simple and convenient.
    Handing over keys to vacation rental.

    Your “hello” matters

    Welcoming your guests properly starts before they even set foot on your property. When you’re in communication with them before their visit, don’t rely on automated emails. A personalized touch, not to mention replying to questions quickly, makes a statement about how much you respect their business and how you’ll handle problems that may come up.


    Hostfully also recommends getting to know your guests before their arrival. Find out why they’re staying with you – a girls’ wine tour, a family reunion, an anniversary getaway – and what they’re interested in. Then give a local gift or a welcome basket based on that insight. Maybe treat them to a local bottle of vino or a bouquet of roses to set the romantic mood. Even if you don’t provide a customized gift, still consider fresh flowers or a thoughtful gift from the region to make them feel like family.


    At Schlage, we love a beautiful entryway you can’t take your eyes off, but Hostfully makes a good point about not having conversations in the doorway. If you’re on site when your guests arrive, let them into the house and give them a chance to set down their bags. Offer them some water and let them catch their breath. Only then do you want to begin your welcome speech with all the essential information about staying with you.


    As part of the full welcome package, include an information book, either emailed ahead of time or provided on the property. Anticipate their needs with instructions on how to adjust the thermostat and connect to the WiFi, and offer expert suggestions on the best dining and local tourist highlights. If you’ve installed a Schlage smart lock, include our tip sheets in case they have questions about how to use it.


    You should also include policies about how to treat the property (it helps protect your investment) and a list of emergency contact information. Include your own phone number and email as well as details for local police, fire departments and hospitals.

    A welcoming – and secure – statement

    If you can’t be there when your guests arrive, either because you have other commitments or the vacation home is in another state, you can still welcome customers so they don’t feel like an afterthought. One way is by installing a smart lock. With all the advantages of keyless convenience, these locks remove many of the hassles of checking in and allow visitors to come and go as they please. That simplicity is the welcoming statement that separates you from the competition.


    Access codes are the … *ahem* key … to providing ease and convenience to your guests. When you send visitors their unique code before they arrive, they’ll have access to the home without your needing to arrange a key exchange. Providing the code in advance doesn’t mean they’ll have immediate access – unless you want them to. If check-in time isn’t until noon because of cleaning, for instance, you can schedule those codes to be activated only when you know the house will be ready.


    Not being tied to the property to provide a key at a specific time can actually boost your business, particularly with certain kinds of guests. VRBO names flexible check-in times as one way to attract weekenders. They’re only staying for a short time, so don’t delay their fun by making them wait on the porch.


    Because you can create multiple access codes, you can save some specifically for guests, have a different code for your house cleaner and another one entirely for trusted maintenance teams. You can also view a history log through the Schlage Home app to see when codes have been used, so you can be confident that your handyman arrived to fix the toilet or that guests checked out as expected.


    When guests are done staying with you, you don’t want them to have access to the rental property anymore. You can schedule access codes to expire at the end of their visit so they can’t return unannounced. And because you never provided a key, you know they didn’t make a copy before they left.


    Try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which Schlage smart lock is right for your vacation home. Check out the features of the Schlage Home app as well – compatible with the Schlage Encode™ family of WiFi smart locks and see how creating and managing access codes, checking your locks’ status and more from your smartphone can make your job easier and your property more secure.


    Looking for more ways to boost your vacation rental business with a welcoming statement? Check out this Schlage blog for simple ways to improve your property’s curb appeal.


    Why smart locks are a smart vacation rental business decision.

    June 09, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 9, 2023

    Smart locks for vacation rentals

    If you’re preparing for summer business, let Schlage answer your questions about how this simple upgrade can improve the security of your rental property and help boost business.



    Do you manage a vacation rental? Then you really ought to have a smart lock. If you’re preparing for summer business, let Schlage answer your questions about how this simple upgrade can improve the security of your rental property and help boost business.
    Guests arriving at vacation rental with Schlage smart locks.

    Smart locks for vacation rental questions and answers

    It’s always a hassle exchanging keys. How can a smart lock make that easier?

    Because no key is required to lock and unlock a smart lock, there’s nothing physical to exchange. You provide a unique access code to your guest, which can be done via text, email or, in some cases, directly through the booking website. This means that you never have to wait around for your guests to arrive, freeing you up to do what matters most to you.

    Can I control when guests have access to my rental property?

    Absolutely. With the Schlage Encode™ family of wifi smart locks, you can schedule access codes to be active only at certain times. For example, if you know your guests are staying Friday through Tuesday, simply use the Schlage Home app on your smartphone to schedule the access code for Friday after noon – when your house cleaner is finished making the place shine – through Tuesday night. Your guests have access when they need it and there’s no worrying if someone is entering the house when they shouldn’t be.


    Because you don’t need to provide a physical key, it’s impossible for guests to make a copy and come back later when they haven’t book a stay. That means you can avoid “repeat guests” of the worst kind, those who want to make off with your TV, or worse.

    What if a guest forgets their access code?

    The solution is a lot easier than if they lose the key. It’s as simple as texting them the access code you originally assigned to them. And because you create any code you like, you can make it something they’ll never forget, like the last four digits of their phone number.


    If they’re in a real pinch, you can also use your smartphone to lock and unlock the door from anywhere for them with any of the Schlage smart locks.

    How can I tell if the house is secure? If I don’t have to get the key returned, there’s no way to know if the guest locked up when they left.

    When you have any of our three Schlage Encode wifi locks paired with the Schlage Home app, you can check your lock’s status at any time, from anywhere. If you know your guests have departed but your app says the door is unlocked, a simple tap on your smartphone screen can secure the deadbolt.

    Can I give access codes to others, like house cleaners or maintenance workers?

    You can give access codes to as many trusted individuals as you like, including those working for you to keep your rental property working perfectly. Schlage Encode WiFi smart locks have memory for up to 100 unique access codes, while Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt (not compatible with the Schlage Home app) holds up to 30. Give service providers their own unique code on a permanent basis or only at certain times when they should be completing jobs for you. Again, there are no spare keys to worry about, and you can see when the cleaners came and went using the Schlage Home app’s activity tracker.

    How can a smart lock help my rental property make more money?

    True, smart locks tend to be pricier than traditional mechanical deadbolts, but adding quality door hardware is worth the investment. Smart locks give greater peace of mind to both you and your guests, making it more likely that they’ll be willing to pay a little extra to stay with you. When potential visitors view pictures of your vacation rental, a front door with a smart lock that says, “We take your safety seriously,” can be a deciding factor in whether they choose you over a competitor. And from a simple dollars and cents perspective, you’ll save money when you no longer have to replace keys, rekey a home after losing a spare or waste time on simple tasks when you could be using your time more wisely.


    Don’t underestimate the draw of a smart home, either. Consider a home automation system that allows you to link multiple smart devices and create convenient scenes. For example, with a smart thermostat, smart lights and a smart deadbolt, you can create a “Welcome” scene. When you receive a new booking, activate your scene from anywhere so the house is the perfect temperature and lights are on to greet late-night arrivals. It’s attention to these details that make guests want to come back for more.

    Do guests really care if the property has a smart lock or a traditional deadbolt?

    Yes! More travelers are recognizing the superior security smart locks provide. That means they feel more comfortable staying at your property and leaving their belongings in your rental home. Quite simply, if they don’t feel safe, they won’t come.


    Many also appreciate the same convenience you do – not needing to wait for you to show up with the key or to return it at the end of their visit and not worrying about carrying or losing a key while they’re sightseeing. It’s small upgrades like this one that send a strong message to guests.


    Use our Get Help Deciding tool to choose the right smart lock for your vacation rental. When you upgrade to the safety, style and simplicity of Schlage, you’re giving your business – and your house guests – the peace of mind and convenience that pays off for everyone.


    The smart Father's Day gift guide.

    May 31, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 31, 2023

    Smart home Father's Day gift guide | Schlage

    Father's Day is just around the corner, but have you found the perfect gift for dad yet? Get him something he will use every day of the year.



    He doesn’t need another tie and he certainly has plenty of socks. With Father’s Day just around the corner, give Dad something he actually wants: high-tech toys. The good news is that if he’s like most dads, he’s totally into electronics. With that in mind, and with the popularity of smart homes on the rise, how about a gift that he’ll not only love but that will make his life easier?


    Many smart home devices – lights, locks, thermostats – require some kind of home automation hub or other device to connect it to your internet. We’ll get to those lights and such in a minute, but first, the hubs that help make the magic happen.

    Grandfather and grandson working on car in the garage with Schlage Encode smart lock on garage door.

    Smart home hubs for your smart guy


    Apple TV®


    Apple TV is a great, all-in-one gadget for any tech dad’s home. It’s TV customized to him and the family. The Apple TV app lets Dad watch whatever he wants – HBO Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Apple Originals – whenever he wants. He can listen to music, work out at home, use Siri and play games, too. And when top-notch quality with the latest bells and whistles is important to him, be sure to check out the Apple TV 4K.


    Apple TV also connects with HomeKit®, giving remote access to compatible devices, including the Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. You – or Dad – can create custom scenes to control your home’s settings, like locking the door at a certain time every night. And if you have other compatible smart home devices, those custom scenes can include things like turning your thermostat down when you leave for work in the morning and back up before you get home.


    Shop Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Samsung SmartThings®


    If you think Dad is going to love customizing everything, SmartThings might be exactly what he’s hoping for. Not only can you set routines (similar to Apple TV’s scenes), you can use the SmartThings app to create even more customizable scenarios, like Smart Away that uses Caséta by Lutron to randomly turn lights on and off when you’re not home. Of course, there’s remote access through the app and compatibility with so many other devices, ranging from Samsung appliances and the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt to garage doors and home entertainment systems.

    Ring Alarm


    The Ring Alarm Base Station works on a Z-Wave mesh network, meaning it can serve as a hub for the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt. Syncing your compatible Schlage Connect lock and the Ring Alarm improves your home’s security and lets Dad control the lock from the Ring App. Plus, Ring Alarm is also compatible with other in-home devices – smoke detectors, flood sensors, motion detectors – so he can customize and play tech wizard to his heart’s content.


    Shop Schlage Connect Z-Wave locks


    Another option could be the Ring Video Doorbell paired with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. The Schlage Encode lock features built-in WiFi, so technically the video doorbell doesn’t serve as a hub. But the two make a perfect combination, letting you see who’s at the door and unlocking it remotely for trusted visitors.


    Schlage is constantly adding partners that work with our smart locks. For an up-to-date list of compatible smart home hubs, security systems and access management systems, visit our Works With page.

    Father holding front door open for daughter with Schlage Encode Plus homekit smart lock.

    Smart devices for dad


    Smart locks


    Schlage has locks that work with all three of the smart home hubs we mentioned earlier. But if Dad wants a smart lock without the extra step of a hub, choose the Schlage Encode deadbolt with built-in WiFi. No additional hubs or accessories are required for remote access, and you still get to enjoy compatibility with other smart devices, not to mention voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant.


    Give your dad the gift of going keyless for Father’s Day. Now he will never have to worry about losing his keys or wonder if he locked the door before going to bed. If he goes for a run or tackles an outdoor DIY project, he can still lock up the house without being weighed down by keys. He’ll be able to control the lock through his phone from anywhere and, maybe most importantly for that high-tech guy, look really cool doing it.

    Amazon Alexa


    It seems that most homes have at least one Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo and Dot, these days. While you may already know that they have voice-controlled speakers that act as your own personal assistant, there are always new requests to make and automations to set up. Need a reminder to water the lawn? Just ask Alexa to add it to your schedule. Running low on dad jokes? Alexa can provide some new material. Need to reorder batteries, request an Uber or order Dominos? Alexa can do that for you, too.


    Alexa is also compatible with many smart home devices including Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, when paired with a compatible hub, Schlage Sense locks or the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. When you’re ready for bed, ask Alexa to turn off the lights and lock your front door. If Dad is always hot but hates getting up to adjust the thermostat constantly, he can ask Alexa to do it for him. Think of all the things Dad can do with voice control and automation so he can focus on family fun.


    Shop Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Dad cooking dinner and speaking to Alexa voice assistant on kitchen island.



    The Philips Hue lights are energy-efficient LED lights that offer a completely new lighting experience. These lights let you or your special dad dude customize the look and feel of your home. Change the shade and intensity of your lights, even syncing them with your TV shows and games, automate them to run whether or not you’re home, or use ambience settings to help everyone sleep better. Dad could even set them to a certain color when he is in “do not disturb” mode, especially important if he’s working from home … or watching the big game.



    Smart thermostats might not sound super glamorous, but they could still be the perfect gadget for your dad this Father’s Day. After all, he’s not paying to cool the whole neighborhood! For the patriarch who watches the budget and the environment, try something like the Honeywell Home WiFi Smart Color Thermostat. Fully customizable schedules for each day of the week, remote control via a smartphone app and even smart response technology, which automatically adapts to your schedule and learns your preferences, make this an appealing gift.

    We know your dad is special and he deserves a gift that’s as unique as he is. If you need more help choosing the perfect smart lock, try our Get Help Deciding tool.


    How safe are smart locks?

    May 26, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 26, 2023

    How safe are smart locks? | Schlage

    Let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage smart locks.



    For those of us in the door hardware industry, smart locks are a no-brainer. They’ve quickly become indispensable in offices, hospitals, hotels, and many other professional locations, but many consumers are still learning about the possibilities that smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear frequently. Let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage smart locks.
    Schlage Encode Plus WiFi Smart Deadbolt being unlocked at the touchscreen.

    Choosing the safest smart lock

    The first thing you should know is that a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (BHMA) set national standards regarding the security level, durability and finish quality of door hardware products. This helps locksmiths, building managers and other professionals ensure that they are using the right hardware in the right places, especially when they have to adhere to local building code requirements.


    To help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, the BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. This includes three categories - Security, Durability and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing hardware to ensure it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage products receive a AAA, which means they have received the best possible grades in Security, Durability and Finish. 

    Smart lock security - Residential Door Hardware Grades - Schlage
    In addition to these high industry standards, we test our products even more rigorously in our own labs. By raising the bar even higher, we offer products that stand up to the trials of life for years to come. Regardless of whether you buy a smart lock vs. traditional lock, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our  Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Lever, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Alarm, and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever have all received a grade A in security, the best possible grade to keep your home, and everything inside it, safe. 

    Can smart locks be hacked?

    We’ve all heard about the neighbor’s garage door code getting hacked. The good news is that these days that story is a bit of an urban legend. Some garage door codes were compromised back when the technology was new, but major strides have been made in electronic security since then, making these types of hacks much more difficult to pull off. Basically, if you’re comfortable ordering items from Amazon, you can trust that the connection between your Schlage smart lock and your smartphone is just as secure.


    The rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well, making smart locks that integrate with home security systems an increasingly effective solution. Together, they add a layer of electronic security to your home that allows you to keep better track of who’s coming and going, and when.


    Locks that add extra security without requiring a smart home or security system are also on the rise. The Schlage Encode family of products are great examples. With built-in WiFi, each Schlage Encode product gives you anywhere access to control and monitor your locks through the Schlage Home app. Advanced smart lock security features include a secure, encrypted connection supporting a built-in alarm system to detect forced entry attempts. And if you want the simplicity of voice control, it is easy to pair your Encode smart lock with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. “Hey Google, is the front door locked?” gives you immediate peace of mind that your smart door lock is keeping you safe. With all these added security benefits, smart door locks are often the safest door locks for your home.

    Spare keys are a safety faux pas

    There’s an added security element to simply doing away with spare keys and using access codes instead. Codes are easier to control and monitor. If a code becomes compromised, you can simply delete it. Through the Schlage Home app, it is possible to view timestamped past activity, schedule temporary codes and customize notifications. This means you can get an immediate notification that your daughter used her unique code when she arrived home from practice – and set up auto lock so you don’t have to worry if she remembered to lock the door behind her. These smart lock features enhance your home security, giving you better control and peace of mind.


    A lock without a cylinder, like the completely keyless Schlage Touch lock, also eliminates the possibility of picking or bumping because there’s no keyhole for intruders to manipulate. By choosing a completely keyless lock or any smart lock where you can assign access codes rather than copies of keys, you eliminate the hassle and expense that comes with a lost key. These are just a few examples of how opting for a keyless deadbolt makes home security more convenient than ever.

    As you can see, electronic locks are a smart choice for any home. They can save time, add convenience, and make it safer and easier to share access by eliminating spare keys. Paired with the easy installation, simple smart lock upkeep and exceptional customer service that Schlage is known for, adding one of our electronic deadbolts or smart locks to your home is an easy step toward a safer, simpler home.

    If you’re not sure which Schlage smart lock is right for you, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.


    Create your own smart house with a smart device for every room. 

    April 06, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 6, 2023

    Smart devices for every room | Schlage

    Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.



    With some high-tech and smart gadgets, it’s obvious why you would want them in your home. But with rapid changes and the onslaught of products straight out of science fiction, there’s still plenty to be surprised about. Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.
    Smart devices for each room in your home.


    We need our bedroom for sleep, which is why being able to wind down before bed and feel safe throughout the night is so important. Having a smart speaker in your bedroom enables you to easily control smart devices throughout the home. Instead of making multiple trips downstairs to turn off the lights, lock the door, or change the thermostat, simply use voice commands. “Hey Google, lock the front door” is all it takes to give you peace of mind through the night. Smart speakers can also help you fall asleep faster with calming music, guided meditations, or white noise. And you can use a smart speaker as your alarm in the morning, which can be a more calming start to the day than having a jarring alarm on your smart phone where you immediately see the emails and to-dos on your list.

    Kids’ bedroom

    Help your kids sleep better with a smart device that combines a clock, sound machine, voice monitor and night light. The Hatch Rest+ sleep machine is ideal for helping babies and kids develop a consistent sleep schedule. With 11 sounds, 10 colors and the ability to adjust light intensity, you can customize routines for gently helping your child fall asleep at night and get out of bed in the morning. The touch night light is easy for even littles to operate, making it a great self-soothe tool for a child who battles nightmares. In the event of a scary dream, they can quickly touch the night light for reassurance that everything is okay. Parents can control the device from their phone or through voice commands with Amazon Alexa, making it easier to manage your child’s environment without having to walk into their room.  


    Smart toilets do some pretty interesting things like clean themselves, provide warmth and light up, but they’re still new enough that their price puts them out of reach for many of us. A more approachable smart upgrade for your bathroom is switchable privacy glass, which is available from a variety of brands as either an adhesive film or laminated glass. Ideal for bathrooms with large windows that open onto the master suite or with a shower near an exterior window, the glass goes from transparent to frosted at the flip of a switch. Enjoy views when you want them, privacy when you don’t.


    Smart ovens, refrigerators and even microwaves are top of mind when talking high-tech kitchens. For something a bit more modest (and maybe ideal as a gift for a loved one), try a smart meat thermometer. This wireless device has dual temperature sensors to detect the internal meat temperature and external cooking atmosphere at the same time. And the best part is that you can monitor your cook from either a smart phone or tablet over Bluetooth or WiFi. With cook time estimates and alerts through the app, this techy kitchen utensil takes the guess work out of cooking.

    Living room

    You’ve just crashed for some R&R after a long day. Your honey is dozing on your shoulder, the cat is on your lap, and you want to turn the ceiling fan on. With a smart overhead fan, you can easily control air flow without disturbing anyone. The Haiku L from Big Ass Fans can be controlled via a remote, smartphone app or voice command. You might end up wanting one for your bedroom, too.

    Home office

    From company-owned technology and assets to passwords and important papers, you protect more than you might think in your home office. The Schalge Encode Smart WiFi Lever gives you the convenience and premium security of a smart lock for any residential door with a knob or lever. With this quick and easy upgrade, you can secure your home office without sacrificing the ease of keyless access. 


    Sadly, the clothes-folding robot is not yet available. In the meantime, we’ll go with a smart leak detector. Regardless of whether your washer and dryer are also smart, the FIBARO Flood Sensor will notify you if it detects water on the floor.


    Once you’ve installed a smart garage door opener, expand your horizons to the smart bike lift. This one from Garage Smart holds multiple bikes that you can raise and lower from ceiling-mounted hooks using nothing but your smartphone. It helps to keep your bikes safe and your garage clean and organized. The Schalge Encode Smart WiFi Lever is also an innovative solution for your side garage door or the door from your garage to house. These are often the most heavily trafficked doors in our homes – with the Encode WiFi Lever, you have premium security and access control in the palm of your hand through the Schlage Home App. 


    We know it’s obvious, but we honestly can’t think of a better smart device for your front door than a smart lock. Improve home security when there are no spare keys to lose. Gain peace of mind by being able to lock and unlock your door remotely through a smartphone app. Add convenience when you know trusted friends and family can come and go as they please by using an access code. It’s great for overnight holiday guests and everyday life.


    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks depending on your lifestyle and preferred technology. Find the right lock for you and your family with our Get Help Deciding Tool.


    Whether you want internet outside for backyard parties or need it for better connectivity with security cameras, garage door openers or smart irrigation, a WiFi extender can save you a lot of headaches. With a range of weather-resistant options available, walks you through other considerations like choosing one that’s compatible with your router.


    Smart homes go beyond lighting, thermostats and smart speakers. The trick is to find the devices that best complement your lifestyle and add the greatest levels of convenience and security. For more smart home tips and ideas, visit the Technology archives at the Schlage blog.


    Which Schlage Encode™ wifi smart lock is right for me?

    March 21, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2023

    Schlage Encode locks | Schlage

    The Schlage Encode™ family of products is perfect for those who want to simplify access solutions for their homes. Here, we break down the features that are included in each Encode product as well as what makes each product unique.



    In the age of the smart home, it can be overwhelming to choose from all the different tech solutions that help us better manage our homes and our lives. When there are so many smart options for everything from lighting to locks, how do you know what solution best fits your needs? At Schlage, we have an ever-growing portfolio of innovative smart locks to give you peace of mind from anywhere. The Schlage Encode™ family of products is perfect for those who want to simplify access solutions for their homes. Below, we break down the features that are included in each Encode product as well as what makes each product unique.
    Schlage Encode locks stacked against blue gradient.

    The Schlage Encode™ Family

    Backed by a century of expertise in designing the most trusted locks, the Schlage Encode™ family offers the finest access point protection anywhere in the home and seamless integration with leading smart home technology like Google Home™ and Amazon Alexa.


    The Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Encode Smart WiFi Lever share core qualities that live up to the legacy they were built on. While each is unique, the features below are true to all Schlage Encode devices.

    Anywhere access

    Built-in WiFi compatibility enables an easy setup and secure connection to a home WiFi network. Use the Schlage Home app to control and monitor locks from anywhere.

    Peace of mind

    Manage multiple locks at once, each with up to 100 access codes. View timestamped past activity, schedule temporary codes and customize notifications via the Schlage Home app.

    Voice control

    Use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for optional hands-free control when paired with a voice-enabled device and the Schlage Home app.


    Auto-lock relocks doors on schedule, if desired. Try one-touch locking at the exterior touchscreen to lock up more easily.

    Advanced Security

    A secure, encrypted connection supports a built-in alarm system to detect forced entry attempts. Featuring a fingerprint-resistant touch screen, 20-minute UL Fire Rating and graded highest by ANSI/BHMA.

    Easy install

    DIY in minutes with a screwdriver and Schlage’s Snap ‘n Stay™ design for hands-free installation with guided instructions. Fits standard doors.

    Battery Operated

    Four AA batteries are needed and included with packaging. Get up to six months of battery life with weeks of advanced low battery notice. One backup key also included.


    In case of a WiFi outage, Schlage Encode Smart WiFi devices are Bluetooth compatible to prevent lockouts when paired with the Schlage Home app.


    Users get a limited lifetime mechanical and a three-year electronics warranty. Details can be found at

    These features make the Encode family the perfect choice for simple home access and remote lock management. With the free Schlage Home App on your smartphone, you can check the status of your locks, set up temporary or recurring access codes, and view lock activity logs – peace of mind in the palm of your hand. To learn which Encode smart lock is best for you, check out the features and best use applications unique to each product outlined below.

    Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Best for Apple Home Key Integration

    Schlage Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt
    If you like to go all in with Apple devices and compatibility, the Encode Plus Smart WiFi Deadbolt is your ideal smart lock. Encode Plus works with Apple® home keys, so you can easily lock and unlock your door using your Apple Watch®, iPhone® and HomeKit®, plus seamlessly manage codes and more with the Schlage Home App. No more fussing with physical keys – simply tap to lock and unlock with your Apple Watch or iPhone using the digital key stored in your Apple Wallet®. Enjoy smarter home access with trusted convenience and security.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Control and monitor your home from anywhere with built-in WiFi

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
    With the Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, there’s no need to purchase an extra accessory or hub to control your lock from anywhere. Simplify your home access with a lock that uses built-in WiFi to give you total control and peace of mind at your fingertips. You can also pair your Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Alexa or Google Assistant to control your lock with simple voice commands. The perfect solution for smart homes utilizing a range of technologies, the Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt has a wide variety of integrations to work seamlessly within your smart home system.

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever

    Smart access control inside and out

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever
    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever brings easy and secure access to even more doors throughout your home. Easily upgrade any residential door that uses a knob or lever to a smart door handle, enabling seamless access from anywhere to control more doors in your home. Ideal for exterior side entry and garage doors or interior doors like offices, basements and utility rooms, this is the best smart lock choice for any door prepped with a standard single bore hole. With the Encode Smart WiFi Lever, smart access doesn’t stop at the front door.

    No matter which product you choose, you can have confidence that the Encode family of smart locks is backed by over a century of durability and strength from Schlage. Since Walter Schlage’s invention of the first push-button lock in 1920, we’ve led the industry in innovation. Schlage door hardware meshes security and beauty with modern technology for highly durable, forward-thinking home access solutions. Our Encode family of products are built to withstand and uphold our commitment to quality design and construction. Learn more about our smart locks and trust your home to Schlage.


    Introducing smart access for more doors with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lever.

    January 31, 2023 by monica.reedy

    Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    Schlage smart lever | Schlage

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever is the ideal solution for doors where you need premium security and ease of access.



    With the new Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever, the convenience and security of a smart lock is available for any residential door with a knob or lever. If you have an exterior or interior door that isn’t prepped for a deadbolt, it can still be easily upgraded to a smart lock thanks to the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever. Want an extra layer of protection for your mud room that connects to your garage? Need a way to secure your home office to protect valuable assets? What about your pantry or wine cellar – do you know when they are being accessed and by whom? The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever is the ideal solution for doors where you need premium security and ease of access.  
    Schlage Encode Smart Lever on back door.

    Innovative features to protect what matters most

    Built-in WiFi makes the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi lever easy to set up and get connected to your home’s network. Simply pair with the Schlage Home app on your smartphone for secure, convenient access control. No more turning the car around to check if you locked the garage side door – simply open the Schlage Home app to check your lock’s status and lock/unlock with a quick tap on your screen.

    You control who has access and when with the Schlage Home app

    Easily control who has access by creating and managing up to 100 access codes from the Schlage Home app, available for Android and iOS. Each code can be scheduled to be permanent, recurring or temporary. This means you can set a permanent code to grant your child anytime access, send your nanny a recurring access code for M-F during 8am-6pm, or schedule a one-time code granting access between 1-4pm on Wednesday for your dog walker. Whatever scenario, you control who has access and when. And if you want to check if your child is home safe after getting dropped off from school, simply pull up the real-time activity log or set up a customizable push notification to let you know when their code is used.

    Control your peace of mind with voice

    At Schlage, we develop innovative technology that makes your life easier and safer. Pair your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever with Alexa or Google Assistant through the Schlage Home app to control your lock with simple voice commands. “Alexa, lock the mud room” is all it takes to secure your home after coming in with a load of groceries. Or, if you’re settled in on the couch and can’t remember if you logged off your work computer, “Hey Google, lock the home office door” provides another layer of security without any hassle. With voice control, it’s easier to protect what matters most.

    Trusted security

    Backed by over a century of dedication to durability and strength, Schlage door hardware pairs the highest tech innovations with trusted security. The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever received the industry’s best rating for Security, Durability and Finish as designated by independent experts at the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. Other advanced security features include a built-in alarm that detects when forceful entry is being attempted and the option of auto-lock, which can be set for various lengths of time for hassle-free control.

    Smarter. Safer. More stylish.

    It can be hard to match a smart lock to your home décor. But with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever, you can choose between traditional and contemporary designs that deliver quality and craftsmanship to complement your personal style. Pick from two trim styles and four lever styles, available in satin nickel, bright chrome, matte black and aged bronze finishes.

    Where can I install the Schlage Encode Smart Wifi Lever?

    One of the best features of this smart lock is its versatility – it can be installed on any residential door that is prepped with a single bore hole, enabling you to extend smart features to virtually any door in your home. This is also good news for those living in a shared space; you can add a Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever to your bedroom door to better protect your privacy and belongings without sacrificing keyless convenience. Explore the options below for ideas on where you might use the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever in your space.

    Man carrying golf clubs unlocking Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever at the touchscreen.

    Exterior side door

    Our exterior side doors often see heavier use than the front door, yet are often overlooked when it comes to smart access. With an easy upgrade to the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever, coming and going from your exterior side door will be easier and safer.

    Mud room

    If you are constantly using the door from your garage to your mud room, it might be time for a quick security check. Is this door frequently left unlocked? Are you confident the mud room door is closed all the way when your kids are running in and out? A smart door handle for your mud room will give you peace of mind – simply use the Schlage Home App to check the status of the door and lock/unlock as needed.

    Home office

    If you’re working from home, it can be easy to become lax about keeping work assets secure. Whether it's your work devices, passwords, confidential papers, or physical assets, you might have more to protect behind your office door lock than you realize. Adding a smart lock to your home office door provides an added layer of security while still enabling keyless convenience.

    Pantry or closet door

    If you need a secure place to store cleaning chemicals, valuables, or any items you simply want to keep safe, installing a smart lock on your pantry or closet door can give you peace of mind and better access control.

    Wine cellar

    Adding a smart door handle to your wine cellar keeps your collection safe. In addition, the real-time activity log on the Schlage Home app makes it easy to check who has accessed your wine cellar and when. You’ve likely poured a lot of time and money into your wine collection, and having the luxury of keyless access and premium security is the best way to protect your investment.

    Shared living space

    Living with roommates doesn’t have to mean that your personal space is free game for the whole household. Whether you have valuable items to protect or just want the peace of mind that your space is your space, upgrading your interior doorknob to a smart door handle gives you personalized security and access. The last thing you want is an extra key to tote around or the annoyance of accidentally locking yourself out of your own bedroom, but with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever you can have both advanced security and ease of access.

    Vacation rentals

    If you’re working to improve your vacation rental business, it is important to provide a smooth, secure check-in for guests. With the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever, you have the option of smart access for more doors throughout your rental. Maybe you would prefer to have guests enter and exit from the side door – or – it could be beneficial to add a smart lock to an interior storage closet and any space that is off-limits to guests.

    No matter what exterior or interior door needs an upgrade, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Lever provides convenient access control inside and out. Enjoy the security of controlled access like a keyed or privacy lock but with the convenience of easily manage codes and app control for faster access and peace of mind. Coming spring 2023.


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    17 robots you’ll want to bring home in 2023.

    January 19, 2023 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 19, 2023

    Home robots | Schlage

    You'll want to keep an eye on these 17 robots in 2023 that will make your home cleaner, healthier and better for families.



    As we get deeper into the 21st century, it’s impossible to talk about technology without mentioning robots for the smart home. And why wouldn’t we when those robots can help make our homes cleaner, healthier and better for our families? Virtual reality is in our living rooms, health trackers are in our bedrooms, voice assistants are … everywhere. See how these 15 innovative robots continue the trend, bringing new levels of security, companionship and convenience to your home.
    Roomba in living room.

    Robots “maid” for you

    In a recent poll, more than 70 percent of people said their homes would be cleaner if they had robots to do their chores. Luckily, we already have access to robots that will help with some of those dirty jobs. Here are a few of our favorites.

    iRobot Bravva jet 240

    Vacuuming can be a never-ending task, especially if you have pets. Robotic vacuums have been making the chore easier for more than a decade now. For those ready to take it to the next level, you’ll see more mopping robots to help tackle more floor – and dirt – types. You’ll definitely want one for those hard-to-reach spaces like around toilets.

    Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner

    This robot will do the dirty work whether you have expanses of windows or very tall ones like those that span multiple stories in an entryway. No more hauling in a ladder and perching on it perilously or paying someone to clean your windows for you. Suction keeps it attached to the window, while AI helps determine where the windows’ edges are and makes sure all of the glass gets a good scrubbing. Don’t forget to try it on stubborn glass shower doors, too.

    Aiper Seagull Pro

    Pool maintenance is costly and time intensive. With a robot pool cleaner, there’s more time to enjoy your pool rather than stressing over how clean it is. The Aiper Seagull Pro promises to be the most powerful cordless robotic pool cleaner yet. While many pool cleaners stick to the bottom of the pool only, this strong robot cleans the bottom, sides, and waterline of pools up to 3200 sq.ft. Planned to be available for purchase March 2023.


    We’ve been cooking at home a lot more recently. We’ve also been spending a lot more time outdoors. Often, we do both at the same time. That’s why the Grillbot comes in so handy. This automatic grill cleaning robot scrubs and scrapes with its wire brushes so you don’t have to.


    This innovative, dynamic approach to yard care truly feels like a glimpse into the future. Yarbo has a general main body with multiple detachable modules that can be combined to complete a variety of tasks around your yard, including leaf blowing, lawn mowing, snow blowing, sweeping, picking up packages and taking out the trash. Available for pre-order.

    Smart robots for smarter kids

    When remote learning became widespread during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, schools and families had to get creative quickly. One of the biggest challenges was finding engaging ways to connect with children and keep their minds growing. Even though our kiddos are back in the classroom, that doesn’t mean we’re ready to let go of these learning-assistive robots.

    Excited little boy smiling with arms raised doing homework at table with laptop.

    LEGO Education

    LEGO sees learning through play as a vital part of building kids’ social-emotional needs, increasingly important as we navigate the challenges of classroom, virtual and hybrid learning. If your kids have already made The Child, they might love taking it a step farther with LEGO Education SPIKE Prime and other make-your-own robots that teach coding, problem solving and creative design. They’ll think they’re playing, but you’ll know they’re learning essential skills in science, technology and innovation.

    Miko 3

    This adorable little robot can hear, speak and relate to your child using a variety of speakers, algorithms and cues from your child. Miko 3 is also programmed to help them learn, providing knowledge and skills that are right for their age and that you can control. It speaks multiple languages and can even teach your kiddo a new one. As more research finds that robots can get kids excited about reading, devices like this one will become increasingly popular.


    Rarely do we see the combination of music education with STEM training. Wigl was created to inspire kids at a young age to get into robotics and engineering. The little bug-looking robot dances based on the musical notes it hears. Your kids will learn the connection between their actions and the robot’s when they can make it “wigl” as they play a song or sing to it.


    Looking for more ways to give your kids a jump start in learning? For those who are ready for the next challenge in coding, there’s Cue. The app houses demos, tutorials and challenges so your young engineer can learn at their own pace and follow their own interests.


    Introducing the robot dog that can teach your child to code! Designed for kids 8 years old and up, Pyxel can be coded using your choice of two languages: Blockly for beginners or Python as a more advanced option. From there, kids can code Pyxel to show different colors of lights, create noises, perform commands and more. This fun approach can capture your child’s creativity and spark their interest in the world of computer science.

    Artificial intelligence, true companionship

    Yes, many people have a fear of robots. While they’re always trying to take over the world in movies, robots can actually bring us all closer together in real life. We already ask Alexa to tell us jokes. We say, “Hey Google, text Mom.” Experts expect 29 percent growth in the market for “social robots” annually over the next few years, so it’s not a far leap to think that some of these companionable robots will soon take up residence in our homes.

    Person with cane holding hand of caregiver.


    Everyone tries to create a robot dog, but aibo seems like one that offers the most fun. With artificial intelligence, he can learn his environment and your habits to fit in with your home and family. You can feed him with the app – shake your phone to bring him running at the sound of treats – send him on “Puppy Patrol” to find someone on your People of Interest registry and have him do tricks. As Sony, the maker of aibo, says, his “happiness is spending quality time with you.”

    Vector 2.0

    The ideal robot to complement your smart home, Vector 2.0 from Digital Dream Labs can keep you company and help you with a variety of daily activities. From setting a timer to remind you to take the cookies out of the oven to taking photos at your next home gathering, Vector 2.0 is sure to put a smile on your face.

    Vayyar Home

    Falls are a concern for many, but this robot can help remove some of the worries. Vayyar Home uses radio frequency to tell if someone in the room has fallen. Then, even if they’re unconscious, the device will contact a caregiver. It works anywhere in the home but is especially popular in bathrooms both because falls so often happen in that space and because Vayyar Home does not use cameras. There are also no wearables or buttons that need to be pressed to send an alert. In addition to fall detection, Vayyar Home provides data on night-time wandering, number of visits to the bathroom and time spent resting so you can track changes in your loved one’s health and behavior.


    Here’s another robot geared toward helping people age at home safely. ElliQ is part of a care program that keeps older homeowners engaged and mentally sharp through conversation. Described as “a dedicated sidekick,” it also has features related to physical exercise, stress management and more.

    Robots on the rise … we hope

    Maybe they aren’t real yet and maybe no one knows what exactly they’re capable of, but it’s fun to dream about how some of these space-age robots could improve our daily lives.

    Robot thinking.


    No, it’s not the robot dog. This one combines entertainment, convenience and companionship into one humanoid robot. There’s an interactive projector so you can show movies and play games on a wall. It can also read stories to your kids, help with chores and act as a personal assistant. Connect it to other smart devices and you can ask Aido to do things like adjust the thermostat, see who’s at the door or play music. There’s speech and facial recognition and more AI integration you’ll love to explore when Aido becomes available.

    iVolve Pro

    A dynamic tennis ball robot that not only fires tennis balls across for you to return from the other side of the net, but also acts like a human player by moving to different spots on the court before sending you a ball. Using technologies including AI and computer vision, the iVolve Pro provides realistic tennis training that will keep you on your toes.


    This helper robot is already at work in elder care facilities in Japan. Designed to reduce the load on people working in a variety of different service capacities, Aeo can disinfect surfaces, deliver packages, monitor spaces, and complete routine tasks, saving valuable time for human staff to complete more complex work. While Aeo may never be available for private in-home use, it could be coming to an office, school or care facility near you.

    Whether for yourself or loved ones, technology can have a lasting and positive impact on lives. Find more tech-related news and learn more about how Schlage smart locks work with the technology you already have on our blog.


    Give Santa his own code the night before Christmas.

    December 12, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 12, 2022

    How Schlage saved Christmas storybook

    How Schlage gave Santa an easier way in and saved Christmas.



    Red book titled How Schlage Saved Christmas

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads; and mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap, wishing I could settle in for a long winter nap.


    But sadly I knew someone must wait up to open the door, let St. Nick in and prepare for presents galore. So I sat by the entryway with spare key in hand, trying not to doze while I waited for the man. Before long my eyes became heavy, my chin fell to my chest and my breathing went steady.


    Then I awoke with a start and with the sun pouring in, the children rushed to the tree to open their presents; they couldn’t wait to begin. It didn’t take long before everyone saw, a distinct lack of packages stacked ‘round the skirt. “You didn’t let him in,” scowled mamma, looking hurt. She spoke not another word, but went straight to work, and filled all the stockings with socks and underwear; I felt like a jerk.

    Kid pouting next to Christmas tree.

    My glance dropped to the floor as my kids began to whimper, when from the corner of my eye I caught a slight glimmer. The spare key I’d grasped now laid on the ground; I’d meant to give it to Santa last night when he came around. I knew then and there, this would never happen again, never would St. Nick be unable to get in.


    I rushed to the store a day later, and made a dash for the lock aisle; my path couldn’t be straighter. The options were plenty but I knew a smart lock with multiple access codes was what I needed; I’d give a code to Santa so my kids wouldn’t feel cheated.


    So I picked up a Schlage and grinned from ear to ear, I was getting remote access and security, even when I wasn’t here. I could program the lock and control it with my phone. Then I’d give unique codes to my kids to let them in after school, even when they were alone. Our pet sitter could use their code to check on our dalmatian, and the neighbors could water the plants when we go on vacation.

    Letter to Santa with smart lock access code.

    I paid for my new smart lock at the counter with glee, and knew that mamma would be happy again with me. I delayed not a moment when I arrived home with pride; I installed the lock in minutes then sent a letter to Santa full of yuletide. I included an access number, one of his own, and now while we slumber, he can enter the home. Not 1225, that’s too easy to guess, so I programmed 54636377, the numbers for KINDNESS. I closed my letter with a humbling plea, bring a dolly for Molly and a bike for Mike, and mamma would like a new set of skis. As for me, I’ve got all I need – peace of mind and home security.


    When the night before Christmas rolls around in a year, I’ll join my family in revelry knowing there’s nothing to fear. I can just see it now: as I lay in bed welcoming sleep, St. Nick in his sleigh driven by his reindeer fleet. He’ll give his team a whistle, and away they’ll fly like the down of a thistle. And I’ll hear him exclaim, ere he drives out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

    If you’re worried that Santa can’t get into your house, don’t forget a smart lock can erase all your doubts. With remote access and advanced security, a smart lock keeps your holiday home filled with glee. If you’re not sure which smart lock to add to your list, our get help deciding tool is here to assist!


    Smart home guide for beginners: How to get started.

    October 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 4, 2022

    Smart home guide | Schlage

    A smart home can make your life more secure, more comfortable, and more fun. Here's everything you need to know to set up your home automation system.



    What is a smart home? It’s your home, but more intelligent. A smart home gives you the power to control door locks, lights, thermostats and other home features – from anywhere in the world. And you probably already have the control panel – your smartphone or tablet. While the technology may seem complicated, the goal is to make your life more convenient, safe, and enjoyable.


    Studies show that smart home technology is growing in popularity among all generations of Americans. However, getting started can feel overwhelming if you're still used to controlling switches and knobs manually rather than through a phone or computer. Before you enjoy automated lights, locks that unlock with the tap of your watch or phone and the other benefits of having a smart home, you'll need a primer on the basics.

    Young family sitting around table looking at smart home devices.

    How to control your smart home system

    One of the most important decisions you'll make is choosing how you will control your devices. Smart home technology can operate wirelessly through protocols like Bluetooth, Zigbee, NFC, Wi-Fi, Z-wave, Li-Fi, and 5G. To simplify things, we've broken it down into three main ways you can control smart home devices.


    Cloud software platforms: The most popular cloud service in this category is If This Then That (IFTTT), which you can use via a downloadable app. IFTTT is an easy-to-use platform that connects apps, devices, and services from different developers. The program does this through Applets, which connects two or more apps or devices together.


    Virtual assistants: This category includes popular speech-enabled smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri with Apple HomeKit. These cloud-connected ecosystems let you program commands or routines that will control smart home devices. All three developers are constantly adding updates to more intuitive and compatible with more products.


    Smart home hubs: Using a hub as your smart home controller is a good idea if you don't want to have to rely on the cloud to manage your devices. Hubs such as SmartThings and Wink connect to devices locally and offer more advanced automations. As with the other control options, you'll want to make sure that your hub is compatible with all the smart devices you want to use in your home.


    Which smart home ecosystem should you choose? If you’re starting fresh, pick your system based on your smart home goals and then select products accordingly. Think about which smart devices and automation solutions you need — or want — for your home setup. Remember, the key to having the best smart home is to unify all your devices.

    Consider your lighting

    One of the most popular features of smart homes is automated lighting. With a controller, you can manage individual or groups of lights — scheduling when and how much they should turn on or off. Imagine having your lights automatically dim when you go to sleep and ease back on when they detect you moving through the kitchen for a midnight snack. These features can also determine the shade of light, and they can be automated to optimize energy efficiency.


    Many smart lighting systems work great over Wi-Fi, so you don't need a hub. You'll control them directly using a mobile app, but they're also compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home if you want to start building up a more elaborate system. However, you'll need to install smart home switches to control all the existing lighting in your home. A DIY enthusiast can handle a smart home switch installation in under an hour.

    Never forget to lock the door

    Do you ever ask yourself, "Did I remember to lock up?" What about, "Where are my keys?" You can kiss both uneasy feelings goodbye when your home is equipped with smart locks. These keyless door locks connect to your Wi-Fi, which means you can lock them remotely with your phone.


    Schlage's line of Smart Deadbolts is compatible with a wide range of voice assistants, hubs, and access management systems like Ring. With some easy programming, you can set these devices to automatically lock a few minutes after being opened or at night. Schlage smart locks are powered by batteries and offer a touchscreen or keypad for access codes — features that prevent any problems if there's an internet or power outage.

    Dad holding front door open for daughter with Homekit smart lock on the door.

    Think about home security

    Security is one of the most popular reasons to start integrating smart home technology. In addition to locks, smart security systems can include smart door and window sensors, motion detectors, and surveillance cameras. You can receive alerts on your phone or computer if any of these devices is triggered, and you can even view live footage from your cameras.


    Some security systems also include features like two-way audio, which allows you to communicate with someone at your door through your phone. Another feature to consider is geofencing, a GPS-enabled virtual perimeter that uses your phone's location to automatically arm or disarm your system when you leave or return home.

    Control your home's temperature

    Modern smart thermostats offer more than just the ability to control your home's temperature remotely. Of course, these devices let you turn on the heat before you get home from work or cool down your house from the comfort of your bed. But many smart models can work with other devices to make adjustments, and they feature remote room sensors to ensure a uniform temperature.


    Most impressively, smart thermostats can "learn" your household's behavior and make schedule recommendations that save the most energy. Even a few small temperature adjustments can have an effect on your utility bill. According to Google Nest, smart thermostats save homeowners an average of 15% on cooling costs. When shopping for a smart thermostat, you'll want to consider features like ease of use, compatibility with other devices, and energy-saving functions.

    Enhance your audio and video setup

    Smart home technology is also about making your life more fun. When you sync your home theaters, TVs, and speakers into a smart home system, you'll enjoy more convenience and customization. You'll be able to use your smartphone or controller to play music in specific rooms, raise volume levels, and select playlists. Your controller will essentially consolidate all your remotes, so you can manage everything from Bluetooth speakers to record players as long as they're synced.


    The key to optimizing your smart home is to allow devices to communicate with each other. For home entertainment, this could mean automating custom lighting when you press "Play" on a movie. Do you have a music listening routine? Schedule a playlist to turn on at a certain time or when you flip a smart switch.

    FAQ About Smart Home Setup

    Do you need a pro to install smart home devices?

    Nope! While it's true that some smart devices can be tricky to install, there are plenty of devices that are designed for easy DIY installation. However, professionals are available if you want expert help to create a complete smart home system from the start.

    What happens when the power goes out?

    If you lose power, some of your smart home devices with battery backups will continue to work but without remote access and automation. This includes devices such as smart locks, smoke detectors, and security cameras. However, other devices such as voice assistants will stop working or become "dumb." You may want to invest in an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) or generator to keep your home's power running in the event of an extended outage.

    Which smart home technology should you start with?

    If you're looking to ease into smart home technology, start with a device that does not require a centralized hub. Most smart lighting systems and security locks offer direct control options through a mobile app. By starting without a hub, it's often easier to learn the basics of smart capabilities.

    While there is a slight learning curve to smart home setup, the rewards are well worth the effort. With a little time and patience, you'll be able to create a home that's more convenient, efficient, and secure. Once you finish your basic setup, be sure to check out these clever smart home tricks from the Schlage blog.