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    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor

    October 30, 2015 12:58 PM by admin

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor

    Luxurious glamour with minimal style? It's not a contradiction. Black, white and gold decor is the perfect way to take the glam in your home up a notch. Check out our favorite looks.

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    The rich, luxurious look of black and white decor is in! The two opposites contrast perfectly to create a modern look, but done in large doses can leave your home feeling cold and uninviting. That's where soft gold tones - like Schlage's newest finish, Satin Brass - come in to completely transform the look with just a few touches.
    Satin Brass allows you to maintain the traditional elegance of your home without being out of date. Try adding this finish in small doses to transform an entire room. Accessories, door hardware and light fixtures provide the perfect opportunity to create a whole lot of style with minimal effort. Here are a few of our favorite black, white and gold looks to help inspire your decorating project. 
    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor | Schlage
    Transitional Kitchen by Charlotte Appliances Frigidaire®
    Interested in more ways to glam up your home? Be sure to check out our Hollywood Regency design guide to learn how you can bring the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood into your modern home.

    17 spooky front porch styles to get you in the Halloween spirit

    October 28, 2015 1:54 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

    Welcome (or scare-away) your trick-or-treaters this year with these spooky Halloween front porch and entryway decor ideas!

     

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    Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Hallow-mas, whatever you call it, it calls for fun! From creative costumes and cauldrons of candy to carved pumpkins and spider-web covered porches, Halloween can be fun for the whole family! Few things ignite the Halloween spirit like decorating your home’s entryway, which could welcome (or scare off) trick-or-treaters and goblins alike.

     

    From fun and kid-friendly to frightening and downright garish, each entryway is unique to each home and each family. The key to executing a bewitching entryway is to have a theme and stick to it. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite Halloween entryways.

    Autumn celebrations

    Get ready to celebrate Halloween with a look that will last the entire season. These autumn-inspired front porches will have you ready to take on the season of Pumpkin Spice and Apple flavored everything!

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Harvest Entry via Houzz
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Owl Night Watchers via Martha Stewart
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Halloween Style via Houzz
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Halloween Harvest via Houzz

    Fun, festive, kid-friendly

    Add a little Halloween spirit to your front door without scaring off the young kids. These front porches say "Boo" in a fun and festive way.

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Spooky Entry via Houzz

    Haunted house scary

    View these front porches at your own risk! Get a front door look that will have the trick-or-treaters working up the courage to knock on your front door.

    How are you decorating your front porch for the holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    October 23, 2015 2:47 PM by admin

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    Thinking about adding security and convenience with a keyless lock? Check out these 9 electronic deadbolt reviews to help you choose.

     

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    There is no shortage of options when choosing the right keyless lock for your lifestyle. We pulled together a few Schlage keyless lock user reviews to help you narrow it down. From installation to daily use and style, find out what these homeowners have to say about going keyless.

    Keypad deadbolt & lever.

    1. Two Twenty One chooses a quick curb appeal refresh with the Keypad Deadbolt with Plymouth trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt
     
    2. Centsational Girl chooses the Keypad Lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze for convenient garage apartment access.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    Check out our full lineup of Keypad Deadbolt and Keypad Lever styles and finishes.

    Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    3. Simply Organized adds convenient garage security by installing Schlage Touch™ with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    4. Your Home Security Watch offers a detailed review of Schlage Touch™ features and benefits.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    5. At Home in the Future takes a look at how the Schlage Connect™ stacks up against other connected locks.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    6. Android Guys shares how easy it is to install and use Schlage Connect™ with Century trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    7. Living Rich on Less polishes off her front door makeover with Schlage Connect™ with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    Get the full details on all the features and benefits you can expect from Schlage Connect.

    Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt.

    8. Tech experts at CNET give a firsthand look at the features and benefits of Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    9. Best Smart Lock compares Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt to other smart lock options. 
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Get the full scoop on the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt including HomeKitTM capabilities and app features at schlage.com.

     

    We want to hear your keyless electronic lock questions. Comment below to tell us what you need to know! In the meantime, check out these frequently asked questions.

    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock

    October 21, 2015 3:46 PM by admin

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Looking for new features to enhance your lifestyle and add a touch of style? Here are 3 reasons you should consider a keyless electronic deadbolt.

     

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    Mechanical deadbolts have been in use for almost a century. They were invented to create additional security beyond the standard door lock which became too easy for burglars to breach. The deadbolt has come a long way since it was first created with no shortage of options to suit a homeowner's personal design choices and lifestyle. Here are three reasons you should consider a keyless, electronic deadbolt.
    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    1. Enhance your lifestyle.

    One story almost every member of your family or friend can relate to is being locked out of the house, and usually at the most inconvenient times. Keyless electronic locks allow you to forget about that pesky key and never worry about getting locked out again. 

     

    Each of our keyless options feature a keypad or touchscreen that requires a unique 4-8 digit PIN that you define to unlock the door. They're each powered by batteries so there's no reason to worry about the power going out and feature a backup access option in the unlikely event your batteries go dead before you have a chance to replace them. Check out our full list of common worries you can kiss goodbye when you go keyless here.

    2. New features.

    Keyless convenience is certainly the biggest reason to go keyless but our variety of electronic deadbolts have a variety of features that go way beyond locking and unlocking. Both the Schlage Connect™ and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt feature built-in alarm technology for added security should a potential intruder apply any sort of pressure to your door. Add remote capabilities to either lock with a compatible home automation hub that will allow you to check in on whether your door is locked or unlocked while your away or set up alerts to be notified when your kids arrive home safely from school.

    3. Add a touch of style & fun.

    If you opt for a connected keyless lock, the benefits don't stop at security and convenience. With the right home automation ecosystem and plenty of choices for style and finish, you can connect your lock to an experience that is sure to impress all your guests. Create a scene with your connected lights and stereo to kick on as soon as you unlock your door. You can even set your lights to change colors.

     

    Are you already enjoying a keyless lifestyle? Share your favorite feature or benefit with us below!

    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional

    October 16, 2015 8:57 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional

    You don’t have to hire a professional for all home remodeling projects. Try one of these twelve to add value and refresh your home in one weekend.

     

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    Taking on a remodeling project can be a huge expense when you have to rely on professionals to get the job done. If you'd like to spruce up the look of your home but don't have the time or money to hire someone else, try finishing one of these twelve home remodeling (or re-decorating) projects to make a big impact in one weekend.

    1. Fresh paint.

    A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in refreshing the look of a room. Your walls can take a lot of abuse over time resulting in chips and scratches. If you're not interested in painting a whole room, try adding a new coat to your trim instead for a polished look.

    2. Backsplash.

    Adding a backsplash above your kitchen counters is an easy way to add an impressive touch to your kitchen. With a steady hand and well planned pattern, installation can be done by even the newest DIYer. Here's a great backsplash tutorial from Houzz to help you get started.

    3. Lighting.

    If you're looking to replace an existing light fixture with a more modern look, you can definitely complete this project on your own. Just be sure to carefully read all the manufacturer's instructions and ensure the power is completely turned off. If you're looking to move a light fixture from one area to another, this would be the time to call in a professional if you are not an experienced electrician.

    4. Cabinet hardware.

    There's no reason to completely replace a set of cabinets in perfect shape. Save some time and money by swapping the outdated knobs and drawer pulls with a design that better reflects your personal style.

    5. Modern door knobs and levers.

    The style and finish of your door hardware can really make or break a room. With just a couple hours and minimal tools, you can easily replace your old door knobs and levers with a sleek new look and finally add the perfect finishing touch.

    6. Trim and crown molding.

    If you're looking for a way to increase the value of your home and add a bit of charm, try installing new crown molding and trim. It's a quick way to make a room feel complete and look more expensive.

    7. Create a gallery wall.

    If you're looking for a less permanent way to refresh your home, consider adding a gallery wall to create visual interest. Gallery walls also give you the flexibility to change up your art work to match the changing seasons or your evolving tastes.

    8. Re-arrange your furniture.

    If you're just not the handy type or don't feel like breaking out the tools this weekend, try re-arranging your existing furniture to create a refreshed look. Consider how you might be able to open a room up more or find a unique use for a statement piece of furniture.
    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional | Schlage

    9. Open shelving for storage.

    Open shelving is a great way to make a style statement while adding extra organization to your home. A simple search on Pinterest will return plenty of ideas for DIY open shelving. Pick your favorite and start showing off your favorite accessories and family heirlooms.

    10. Repair flooring and clean your carpets.

    Whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet flooring, your floors have likely endured a lot of traffic through the years leaving behind scratches and stains that distract from the overall space. There are plenty of tutorials that will teach you easy ways to remove scratches from hardwood and refresh your grout. If you have a whole home full of carpet that needs a deep clean, it may be worth calling in the pros to handle this one. If you just need to focus on a few areas, save some money by renting a carpet cleaner from your local carpet cleaners.
    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional | Schlage

    11. Minimize.

    Simply removing the clutter and items that do not add to your daily life can make a huge impact on your home. Unnecessary clutter can leave your home feeling dark and cramped. Open up your space and remove items you no longer use or serve no purpose.

    12. Create curb appeal.

    Upgrading your curb appeal doesn't have to mean a total exterior renovation. Add a new coat of paint to your front door and pair it with a new handleset to create welcoming exterior. Finish the look with a new wreath and freshly potted flowers and you'll be catching your neighbor's attention in no time. Check out five of our favorite front porch looks for inspiration.
    Do you have plans to tackle a remodeling project this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below!

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware

    October 14, 2015 10:13 AM by admin

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware

    Here are nine moments you should consider adding new door hardware to your next home remodeling project.

     

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    Are you considering a home remodeling project? There's one simple detail that is often overlooked but actually makes a huge impact in the look and feel of your home: your door hardware.

     

    According to a recent survey conducted online by Hanley Wood, 41% of professional home builders and remodelers believe that updating the interior design of a home is the number one reason homeowners begin a remodeling project. Minor kitchen and bath remodels lead the list of most popular projects as well as updating most fixtures or hardware. Here are nine moments you should consider adding new door hardware to your next remodeling project.

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware | Schlage 9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware | Schlage

    1. Design or style update.

    Trends come and go but your personal style stays and grows with you forever. The accents and decor that matched your traditional style twenty years ago may not reflect your style today - including your door hardware. Swapping your outdated door hardware for a new style and finish is an easy project that can give your home a quick refresh.

    2. Repair.

    Are all your levers, knobs and deadbolts functioning as they were intended to? If not, you need to replace. Be sure to check the manufacturer's warranty to see if your product is covered.

    3. New home.

    If you just purchased a new home, don't forget to update all exterior locks and deadbolts. It's also the perfect time to swap your interior door hardware to a look that matches your personal style right off the bat.

    4. Replace old, worn-out model.

    Is the finish on your hardware standing the test of time? Worn-out, discolored door hardware can really drag the look of your home down. Again, check your manufacturer's warranty before you purchase a replacement and follow our tips for caring for your hardware finish.

    5. Larger remodeling project.

    New door hardware can provide the perfect finishing touch to your latest home remodeling project. Whether you remodeled your bath or updated all the cabinets and hardware in your kitchen, now is the perfect time to make a final statement with a coordinating knob or lever.

    6. Reflect your personal style.

    Don't let your door hardware become an eyesore that clashes with your personal style. If your style is contemporary and your door hardware screams traditional, it's time to make a change. Check out our style selector to narrow down the choices and find the right knob or lever for your home.

    7. Refresh an old look.

    Is your current door hardware a builder grade choice you had little or no say in? Is it severely outdated or bland? Check out these before and after door hardware transformations to inspire a simple refresh for your home.

    8. Updated lighting or plumbing.

    Updating your lighting or plumbing is the perfect excuse to update your door hardware as well. Choose to match the finish exactly or try something unique by mixing metals instead.

    9. Changing lifestyle.

    Sometimes, life provides a need to update your existing hardware. Do you have a curious toddler bustling about your home? Replace your levers with knobs to prevent an easy escape. Are your kids often coming and going multiple times a day? Create peace of mind by installing a keyless lock that will notify you when your children arrive. Or maybe with age, your wrists and hands just don't work the same as they used to. Try replacing knobs that require a painful twisting motion with levers that are easily opened with a simple tap. Tip: Look for levers marked ADA compliant.

     

    Have you recently given your door hardware an upgrade? Comment below to let us know and share pictures of your transformation on our Facebook page.

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    October 8, 2015 10:44 AM by admin

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    Maintaining a safe and secure home requires some due diligence by the homeowner. Here are 8 steps you can take this weekend to improve home security.

     

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    Taking the time to survey your home at least once a year for home security vulnerabilities is a habit that all home owners should adopt. Take some time to ensure all locks, lights and sensors are working properly before an intruder takes advantage of an opportunity. Here are eight steps you can take this weekend to make sure your home is safe and secure.
    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take | Schlage

    1. Check the grade of your deadbolt.

    When shopping for a new deadbolt, it's important to consider the security grade. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is responsible for developing and maintaining performance standards of builder hardware and assigns a product grade to reflect the quality and durability of that product. For deadbolt locks, the ANSI assigns one of three security grade levels - Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3. Grade 1 is the highest security grade that can be given for optimal security, so it's important to look for locks with a Grade 1 rating.

     

    For more information on door hardware grades and where you can find Grade 1 locks, check out our guide to security grades.

    2. Add more garage security.

    Your garage is one of the most vulnerable entry points for would-be intruders. It's simply too easy to forget to close the garage door while rushing off to work or to lock the interior door that accesses your home.

     

    To give yourself more control, consider adding a smart garage door opener that will allow you to check in via your mobile device to confirm your garage door is closed or to command it to close. Take your garage security up another notch by adding a keyless lock to the interior entry door. You won't have to worry about forgetting the key or getting locked out as you'll just need a 4-digit PIN to unlock the door.

    3. Install a monitored security system.

    A great way to keep your home secure and notified of a security breach is to install a monitored security system. Monitored security systems often include motion sensors and entry detectors as well as 24/7 surveillance for a monthly fee. You can also opt to avoid a monthly fee by choosing a system that allows you to monitor your home on your own remotely.

    4. Move your spare key or opt for a keyless option.

    It's good practice to move the location of your spare key from time to time. If you've used the same spot for several years, you run the risk of someone noticing when you retrieve your key and obtaining easy access to your home.

     

    If you want to take your security up another notch, try getting rid of the spare key altogether and install a keyless electronic lock. We offer a variety of keyless lock options that allow you to have full control in the way you gain access to your home whether it be through a PIN number you set up or even through an app in your phone.

    5. Add more deterrents with built-in alarm technology.

    If you decide that a keyless lock is right for you, consider choosing a lock option that features built-in alarm technology. Both our Schlage ConnectTM and Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt come with a built-in alarm that can be programmed to fit your needs. Built-in alarms in keyless locks can help deter criminals before a breach occurs. Program your alarm to sound any time a significant amount of force is applied to your door or set it to activity mode to hear it beep whenever your door opens. 

    6. Lock your windows.

    After several months of opening your windows to allow a fresh breeze flow through your home, it can be easy to forget to lock those windows back up for the fall and winter. Take some time this weekend to double check that all your window locks are securely fastened.

    7. Install motion sensor lighting.

    If there's one thing a potential intruder does not like, it's having attention drawn to them and the easiest way to do that is with motion sensor lighting. Unless you want to leave your front porch or back door light on 24/7, motion sensors are easy to install and great for energy efficiency.

    8. Change your batteries.

    Finally, when you conduct your home security sweep, get in the habit of changing the locks on your smoke detectors, keyless locks, and motion sensors too. These devices often use very little power so it's unlikely you would use the full life of your batteries in a year's time but it's always best to play it on the safe side and make sure all low battery warnings are functioning properly.

     

    What security tips do you tend to abide by when it comes to increasing the security of your home? Comment below to let us know!

    The best of fall: 6 color choices you should try on your front door

    October 7, 2015 7:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    6 Fall Color Choices You Should Try on Your Front Door

    Take some inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look. Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.

     

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    As temperatures drop and pool parties are replaced with bonfires and hoodies, fall never fails to usher in a beautiful combination of shades just before the leaves begin to fall. The lack of humidity and mild temperatures make it the perfect time of year to paint your front door. Before winter takes claim, why not take inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look? Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.

    1. Yellow

    Yellow is always associated with bright, cheerful feelings. Why not add a splash of cheer before the gloomy days of winter hits? Let your bold choice shine even more by pairing your new front door with a Matte Black handleset.

    2. Mustard yellow

    If you prefer a more rustic vibe for your home, try the next shade of yellow just before it gives way to orange with a more mustard tone. Aged Bronze handlesets and accessories perfectly complement this shade.

    3. Orange

    Orange is the most iconic color of fall. From pumpkins to holiday decor, there's no shortage of variations to this shade. For a look that will last all year long, try a more pastel tone and bring it to life with Matte Black handlesets and light fixtures. If your style is more contemporary, try a bold orange paired with Polished Nickel hardware.

    4. Rustic red

    There's nothing better than a warm, cozy feeling as fall begins to transition to winter. Give your guests a warm welcome this season with this rustic red front door color. Complete the look with our Aged Bronze hardware and accessories.

    5. Red, red

    If you prefer to add more excitement to your curb appeal, try a bold shade of red. A Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel handleset will let this color shine even more while matte black fixtures give the look a more transitional than contemporary vibe.

    6. Brick red

    This classic shade of red will make your guests feel right at home. This inviting color pairs perfectly with Satin Nickel door hardware for a traditional look that is anything but boring. For a unique touch of warmth and a modern flair, try pairing with Satin Brass hardware instead.

    Which color is your favorite? Join us on Facebook to let us know! And don't forget to complete your fall front porch look on a dime with these DIY projects.

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    October 2, 2015 8:25 AM by admin

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    Building a smart home is not as complicated as you might think. Here are 5 common household items you can get started with.

     

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    Turning your home into a smart home is no longer a complicated, expensive endeavor meant only for the most technologically savvy. With advancement in technology and a focus on daily convenience, even the most common household items can work smarter and make your life easier. Here are five items you likely already have that will quickly turn your ordinary home into a smart home.
    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter | Schlage

    1. Smart thermostat.

    It's already a common feature to set your thermostat to change temperatures based on your schedule, but unless you work a strict 9-5 job five days a week, those settings can be pretty limiting. With a smart thermostat, you can control the climate in your home remotely and allow your thermostat to learn your daily habits so it adjusts automatically. You can also monitor how much you're spending on heating and cooling that month and make adjustments to increase efficiency and help you save money.

    2. Smart lighting.

    It's probably obvious that smart lighting can help you increase the energy efficiency just like with the smart thermostat. Smart lighting systems can be set on schedules or make adjustments on their own based on the amount of available light in the room.

     

    Smart lighting can also add convenience to your daily life. Did you forget to turn a light off downstairs when you went to bed? Pull the designated app up on your phone to shut it off. You can even set up smart lighting to sync with notifications on your phone. Is your wife calling while you're in the middle of watching the big game? Set your lights to flash a designated color so you never miss a message.

    3. Smart home surveillance systems.

    Smart home surveillance systems are all about peace-of-mind while you're away. Never worry about whether the dog is getting into the trash can or someone is trying to gain access while you're away on vacation. Install a connected camera that allows you to check in and see that everything is as it should be when you're away.

    4. Smart door locks.

    Keyless smart door locks are all about convenience and security. When you install a Schlage ConnectTM or Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt and connect it to a compatible home automation hub*, you can receive alerts when your kids make it home from school or check in on whether you locked the door on your way to work and command it to lock without turning around. You can even connect your smart lock with compatible smart lighting to set your lights to turn on as soon as you unlock your door. 

     

    Be sure to check out our full list of keyless lock benefits.

    5. Smart garage doors.

    Forgetting to shut your garage door when you leave is often viewed as an invitation for burglars to enter your home. Just like with smart door lock technology, you can always check in to make sure your garage door is shut no matter where you are when you install a smart garage door opener. Simply press a button in your garage door app to command it to close in the unfortunate event that you do forget.

     

    Do you have any smart home technology in your home? Comment below to let us know what you use and your favorite feature.

     

    *The Schlage ConnectTM uses Z-wave technology to communicate with compatibile home automation hubs. The Schlage SenseTM lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone.

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