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    Smart home tech is changing how homes are sold

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 8, 2018

    Smart home tech - Real Estate - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    As home automation technologies become even smarter and more popular, their impact on home purchases has become even more evident. Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and their 2018 Home Buyer And Generational Trend Report. It can increase your home’s value as much as 5%, the Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Home Builders found. And that’s just the beginning.
    Smart home tech - Real estate - Schlage

    Smart is in

    Smart home technologies are becoming more mainstream by the day. In fact, nearly 45% of all home owners expect to either buy or invest in smart home technology. And more than half of prospective home sellers said they were planning to purchase home automation products specifically to sell their homes faster and for more money.

    Smart home tech - Millennial - Schlage

    Do the math

    Three out of four millennial homeowners said they’d be happy to pay between $1,500 and $4,000 to make their homes smarter. A $4,000 investment could increase your home’s asking price by 5% – not to mention turning your house into a smart home. And there are so many connected technologies you can employ that cost much less.

    The smart lock: A smart, affordable solution

    The NAR trend report revealed that home security was either somewhat or very important to more than 85% of those surveyed. It’s no wonder smart locks are the number one purchase consideration, followed by automated lighting and smart thermostats. Smart locks make your home attractive to prospective buyers, and they also provide peace of mind as realtors and others are going in and out of your home.

    Smart security at work

    Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step toward making your home “smart.” Now, instead of leaving your door unlocked or hiding a key under a planter or in a fake rock, you can install a smart lock to keep your house secure. You can even use your smart phone to allow convenient access to those you trust. The Schlage Sense app allows you to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when codes are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when they were there.

    The best is yet to come

    With millennial home buyers now representing the largest potential audience – with two-thirds of them being new home buyers – you can’t ignore the attraction of smart home technologies in appealing to this significant market. In total, the smart home market is expected to reach close to $120 billion by 2020. As this wave crests, it’s sure to continue to sweep through the real estate industry, impacting home prices and influencing home buyers.

    Schlage smart locks

    When it comes to choosing the smartest smart lock, you can count on Schlage. One of the drawbacks of early electronic locks was that they were bulky and not particularly stylish. Schlage smart locks prove that strength, smarts and style are no longer mutually exclusive. In fact, the premium style of Schlage smart locks will actually add curb appeal to your home. They are also easy to install, requiring just a screwdriver and a little free time to get the job done.

    Smart home tech - Resale value - Schlage
    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks from which to choose. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is designed to work with popular home automation hubs. Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allows easier home access using your smartphone. These are all reflective of a heritage of style and innovation that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights! Talk about innovation. Talk about smart!
    Is your home ready to sell? Have you thought about increasing the value of your new home by adding the latest smart home technologies? Visit Schlage for more helpful tips on ways to secure, beautify and make your home smarter with stylish, innovative door hardware that opens up a world of possibilities.

    Schlage smart locks gain Amazon Alexa voice unlocking

    May 8, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Amazon Alexa - Unlock feature - Schlage Smart Locks

    Schlage and Amazon Alexa announce unlock capabilities. Here's what you need to know first.

     

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    Amazon Alexa users can now use the Alexa app to enable or disable new voice unlock functionality for their Schlage smart locks. This new functionality is an enhancement to Schlage and Amazon Alexa’s current features, which include verbally locking or checking the status of the front door via Alexa-enabled devices. Here's what you need to know before getting started.
    Amazon Alexa - Unlock - Schlage Smart Locks

    1. Which Schlage smart locks are compatible with Amazon Alexa?

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are compatible with Amazon Alexa. To connect your Schlage Sense lock, you will need the Schlage Sense Wi-fi Adapter. To connect with Schlage Connect or the Connected Keypad locks, you will need a Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub.

    2. How does the new voice unlock feature for Amazon Alexa work?

    The unlocking feature is disabled by default. Users must use the Amazon Alexa app to log in and enter their password to enable the feature first. Then they will be required to set a 4-digit PIN which must be spoken before Alexa will unlock the door. When the user says “Alexa, unlock the front door,” Alexa will ask for the PIN. If the PIN is correct, Alexa will unlock the door. After 3 attempts to unlock the door with an incorrect PIN, Alexa will disable the unlock feature and the door will remain locked. Users can re-enable the feature by logging into the Amazon Alexa app and repeating the process.

    3. You said you were not including voice unlock functionality because of your commitment to security. What has changed?

    At the time of the initial integration, Amazon Alexa had no method in place of authenticating the user’s identity when using a voice unlock command. Now that Alexa requires users to enter their password to enable the unlocking function initially within the app, as well as speak a 4-digit PIN before Alexa will unlock the door, it is possible to offer the voice unlock function with proper security in place.

    4. What should I do if my spoken PIN is compromised?

    Log into the Amazon Alexa app to change your PIN as needed. We recommend changing your PIN at regular intervals just as you would a computer password.

    5. What technology do I need to connect my lock with Amazon Alexa and allow for the new voice unlock feature?

    Samsung SmartThings and Wink will enable this functionality with the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will enable this functionality for the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    6. Can the unlock feature be used with Amazon Alexa smart home routines?

    Currently, there is no plan to support routines for operations that affect the security of your home (unlock, disarm, open.)

    7. In which countries will the Amazon Alexa voice unlock feature be enabled?

    This functionality is currently launching in the United States only.

    Ready to outfit your home with one of Schlage's smartest locks yet? Visit schlage.com to learn more and where to buy. If you have any questions as you set up your new smart home tech, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter for help.

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    April 9, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    10 things the Schlage Connect™ lock can do with a Samsung SmartThings hub

    Whether you're shopping for the right smart home system or want to choose the best lock for your Samsung SmartThings setup, here are 10 smart lock features you could take advantage of.

     

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    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt with alarm combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system — allowing you to control your lock from anywhere and freeing you from the hassles of lost keys, getting locked out, or hiding a spare for trusted friends and family. Because it is open-platform, the Schlage Connect lock works with most Z-Wave® smart home hubs, including Samsung SmartThings.

     

    Here are ten features you can expect to unlock when you pair your new Schlage smart lock with a Samsung SmartThings hub.

    Z-wave smart lock - Schlage Connect - Samsung SmartThings

    1. Remote accessibility

    Gone are the days of worrying whether or not you left your door unlocked when you left home. Simply check the status of your lock through the SmartThings app. If the lock is unlocked, you can command it to lock within the app no matter where you are, eliminating the need to turn around and go home.

    2. Smart home routines

    SmartThings allows you to create routines that are triggered by a certain action – like a goodnight routine that locks the doors, closes the garage and turns off all electronics. Setting up automation with other smart devices is fast and easy since you can do everything straight from your smartphone.

    3. Create unique access codes

    Quickly create a code for a family member or trusted friend and disable it when it is no longer needed through the SmartThings app instead of the lock’s touchscreen. You can also receive alerts from SmartThings when your Schlage Connect is unlocked using one of the access codes, so you always know who is coming and going.

    4. Easily share access codes with visitors via SMS

    Once you’ve assigned a new access code to a visitor in the SmartThings app, you can conveniently share that code via SMS. No need for you to leave the app and no need for temporary users to download anything new to gain access.

    5. One convenient place to check the status of all your locks

    Have more than one smart lock installed? Whether on your home property, vacation home or AirBnB, SmartThings allows you to check the status of each lock in one, convenient place.

    6. Lock all smart locks in one click

    Did you leave all your doors unlocked? You don’t have to command your Schlage Connect deadbolt to lock one at a time. SmartThings allows you to lock them all with a single tap.

    7. Rename or delete an access code

    No need to pull out your programming guide to delete an access code through the touchscreen of the lock. SmartThings allows you to edit and delete access codes all through the app.

    8. Check access codes added across all the locks in one place

    Keeping track of all active access codes across multiple locks is easy. Easily view which family members and friends have access to which locks.

    9. Receive updates on lock activity

    SmartThings offers a little more peace of mind with your Schlage Connect lock by letting you know precisely when your lock was manually locked, manually unlocked, unlocked using code, updated or deleted.

    10. Pair your smart lock with Amazon Alexa

    Add even more convenience to your home automation set-up by pairing an Alexa-enabled device with Samsung SmartThings. Easily check the status of your lock or command it to lock by asking Alexa

    Once you’ve installed your Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt on your door, pairing with the SmartThings hub is quick and easy. Get their full instructions on how to connect here. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter so we can help.

    Introducing the first-ever smart lock for dogs

    March 28, 2018 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Introducing the first-ever smart lock for dogs

    Thanks to Schlage, you can say goodbye to getting up in the middle of the night to let Spike out.

     

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    Smart lock - Dogs - Schlage - April Fool's

    Dogs bring a lot of joy into our lives. They also bring a lot of work.

     

    Thanks to Schlage, you can say goodbye to getting up in the middle of the night to let Spike out. Forget the dread of whether you let Spot in out of the rain. Forever retire the leash and give your furry friends the freedom they deserve.

     

    Introducing the Schlage Pet Sense Smart Dog Door. This revolutionary smart dog product features a paw pad touch screen and is perfect for all dog lovers out there. This dog-first design has left the Corg-Keys behind and dog independence is no longer a far-fetched idea.

     

    Never worry again about making your dog wait to go to the bathroom. Delete your dog-walker’s code, Fido can now walk himself. After hours of Lab testing, the first-ever smart lock for dogs encourages a whole species to retrieve their long-forgotten independence.

     

    Just like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, the smart lock for dogs works with the Sense app so you can see when your dog uses the door. You can also set hours for the deadbolt, so your dog can’t get outside just as the mailman is walking up.

     

    Because the lock is specifically for dogs, you don’t have to worry about anyone being able to break in to your house or your teenagers trying to sneak out as it only works with dog paws.

     

    Coming soon: Schlage Pet Sense for Cats (We just haven’t figured out how to convince the cats to not lock out the humans. Pre-order right meow.)

     

    Happy April Fool's Day! :)

    “Alexa, lock the front door.” 5 tips to get the most out of Amazon Alexa

    March 8, 2018 8:35 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    5 tips to get the most out of Amazon Alexa

    Adding a device like Amazon Alexa is a popular way to incorporate smart home technology into your life. But getting the most out of this technology can seem overwhelming.

     

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    Amazon Alexa - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    Adding a device like Amazon Alexa is a popular way to incorporate smart home technology into your life. But getting the most out of this technology can seem overwhelming. We are here to help with simple tips and innovative products like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.

    1. The Internet of Things

    With more than 25,000 skills just a shout away, Alexa is always ready to help. From playing your favorite music, to ordering your favorite products from Amazon, families are welcoming Alexa into their homes in record numbers. But did you know you can also request a ride to the airport by connecting to your Uber account? Or control your thermostat and lighting? Just don’t tell Alexa to laugh. More products and services are connecting each day, but the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is still our favorite.

    2. Secure Connections

    To utilize your Alexa-powered device to lock your door, you will need the Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter in addition to your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The adapter also allows you to control your lock from your smartphone when you’re away from home. The Schlage Sense app simplifies the process of connecting your phone to the Wi-Fi adapter and lock, utilizing industry-leading security to protect communication between your Apple or Android smartphone and your lock.

    3. Which Alexa-powered device is right for you?

    It really depends on your specific needs. There are a variety of Echo devices available, and all of them are compatible with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The second-generation Amazon Echo is ideal for most homes. The Echo Dot is designed to connect to a home audio system. The Echo Tap lets you make Alexa portable. And the latest options like the Echo Show, Echo Spot and Echo Look are video enabled. Choose the options that work for you and your smart home needs.

    4. Peace of mind

    Worried about how someone might use Alexa to gain access to your home? Rest easy. At Schlage, we understand that the digital age brings new security concerns, which is why, at this this point in time, we only allow Alexa to lock your door and check the status of your lock. Only an authorized user can use the Schlage Sense app to unlock the door for visitors.

    5. Seamless style

    Like the Amazon Echo, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is offered in a variety of styles and finishes to complement any décor. And the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter is designed to discreetly blend into its surroundings. So, whether you prefer a modern or traditional look for your front door, it’s easier than ever to make your home smarter and more stylish.

    For more information on Alexa and other home automation integrations, visit Schlage.com/Sense.

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018

    January 12, 2018 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Hottest home trends predictions for 2018 | Schlage

    Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.

     

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    2018 Trends - Style & Design - Technology - Schlage


    With a new year comes new trends, and January is the perfect time to refresh the interior of your home. Whether you’re looking to make big changes or small updates, we’ve compiled a list of trends expected to be popular this year so you can get a head start on decorating.
     

    We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, about what he expects 2018’s biggest trends to be.

    Black

    Roberts said black will continue to be very popular this year. Whether it’s black front doors, black rooms or Matte Black door hardware, anyone can make black work in their home because it goes with everything.

    TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATED WITHIN THE HOME

    Product designers across all sorts of industries are adopting the latest technology, and that trend will only continue to gain momentum. Right now, you can buy smart home products for home alarm systems, smart locks, heating and cooling, lighting, and even your kitchen. All of these categories are growing as more and more brands create new products that integrate with smart home technology. Roberts expects this to continue and for more categories to be introduced into the market.

     

    Schlage is at the forefront of where style and tech collide as we work to make smart home technology more accessible and integrated with style. Schlage’s Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships, Rob Martens, predicts the next big operating system will be inside the home.

    PATTERNS AND TEXTURE

    Patterns and texture were popular in 2017 and will continue to be popular this year. There has been a resurgence of 70s stylings. Yellows, greens and bold patterns are becoming popular again. Texture includes anything from animal prints to metal finishes to natural wood. Pantone predicts similar trends for 2018 in their article on Realtor.com.

    Do you like these ideas? Do you already have some of them in your home? If you’re looking for more style inspiration, check out our Style Talk Pinterest board.

    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    December 29, 2017 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 29, 2017

    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhleming but thorough research is key. Whether you're looking for ways smart locks can simplify your life, want to stay up-to-date on the latest Schlage product developments or are interested in future tech trends, our experts have you covered.

     

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for more information.

    Smart home - Technology - Schlage

    1. How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Here’s a step-by-step guide for syncing your Schlage Connect compatible smart home hub with Amazon Alexa and controlling your lock with Alexa.

    2. The future of the smart home is accessible

    Learn how advancements in technology –from smart home to everyday living– have become easier to adopt, making daily life more convenient for consumers.

    3. How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks. Here’s what you need to know about smart lock hackers, and why you should ditch the spare key.

    4. 11 things to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Android compatibility

    Learn how to set up your Schlage Sense lock with the Android app, how to send virtual keys, edit access codes, and update the smart lock’s firmware.

    5. 3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    See how a smart lock can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and add convenience to the home selling and moving process.

    6. 6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    It's never been easier or more affordable to build your own smart home. Consider these 6 qualities before purchasing a smart lock.

    7. How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    When buying a smart lock, look for these 7 features to ensure you choose a keyless lock with the most advanced and secure technology.

    8. Smart and safe home sharing

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. See how keyless locks make your Airbnb safe and smart.

    9. Lifehacks for smart locks

    Smart locks are meant to make life easier and more connected. Here are convenient lifehacks to help you use your smart lock to its full potential.

    10. How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    Adopting smart home tech shouldn’t mean sacrificing personal style. Here are 4 smart home assistants that are high tech and look good doing it.

    What smart home topics would you like to learn more about in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. In the mean time, be sure to visit Smart Locks on schlage.com for even more details about our full smart lock line-up.

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    December 21, 2017 2:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter.

     

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    Smart home products are quickly being adopted by homeowners everywhere as the appeal for greater convenience and peace of mind takes priority. When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter. It's important to choose a product you can depend on to work when you need it from a company you can trust. 

     

    That's why home remodeling experts like Mike Holmes, trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Whether you're purchasing this smart lock for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can rest easy knowing that Schlage put the same attention to security and strength as we have for all our products for the past 95 years. See what Mike and his daughter Sherry have to say about their favorite smart lock purchase in the video below.

     

    Looking for more smart home advice? Be sure to keep an eye on the Technology section of our blog and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

    Set up your Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS™ or Android™

    November 28, 2017 8:34 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Set up your Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS™ or Android™

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter enables users to control their Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt when away from home. Here's how to get started.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter lets you lock/unlock your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere with your Android™ smartphone, iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Simply plug the small Wi-Fi Adapter into power at home. Use the Schlage Sense app to pair it with your deadbolt and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network for anywhere access.

     

    After you have downloaded the Schlage Sense app and paired it with your lock using the Schlage mode setup, you can quickly and easily set up your Wi-Fi Adapter. The Wi-Fi Adapter is not compatible with HomeKit so if you've paired your lock with your phone using the HomeKit setup, you will need to complete a factory reset and re-pair your lock using the Schlage mode setup before completing the steps below.

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Smart lock

    How to set up your Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter for iOS

     1Navigate to the menu in the app and click Wi-Fi Adapters.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     2Click the "+" in the top right corner of the page.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     3Type in the programming code located on the back of your Wi-Fi Adapter.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     4Then plug in your Wi-Fi Adapter within 40 feet of your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     5Follow instructions on the screen to join the Wi-Fi Adapter's temporary network, then return to the app to finish the setup.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     6Now, following on-screen instructions in the Schlage Sense app, join your home's Wi-Fi network.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     7The app will automatically pair with your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt within range.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS
     8Congratulations! You have now paired your lock and Wi-Fi Adapter.
     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - iOS

    How to set up your Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter for Android

     1Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that you'll be using for the Adapter. Navigate to the menu in the app and click Wi-Fi Adapters.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     2Click the "+" in the top right corner of the page.


     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     3Take note of the 8-digit programming code located on the back of your Wi-Fi Adapter - you'll need it for setup.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     4Plug in your Wi-Fi Adapter within 40 feet of your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.
     
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     5Choose your Wi-Fi Adapter from the list on your screen.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     6Select your home Wi-Fi network to pair with.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     7Enter the Wi-Fi Adapter's programming code that you located before plugging it in.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     8Now your Wi-Fi Adapter is added to your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt account.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
     9Congratulations! You have successfully paired your lock to your Wi-Fi Adapter.
    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Set up - Android
    Now you have anywhere access to your home through your phone. Check the status of your door, and lock and unlock your door from anywhere with your smartphone. Keep in mind, the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet) from the lock to enable remote access. For more information, visit schlage.com/sense.

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    November 22, 2017 9:45 AM by pooja.katkar

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.

     

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    For those of us in the door hardware industry, electronic 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 electronic deadbolts and smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear consumers ask frequently. So let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks.
    Electronic deadbolt - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Security

    Residential security grading

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

     

    In order to help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. They created three categories - Security, Durability, and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing the 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

    So what does all that really mean? It means that all of our products, whether mechanical or electronic, run through all kinds of heavy-duty, intense testing procedures – including, yes, hitting it with a sledgehammer really hard. So regardless of what kind of lock you buy, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, 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.

    What about hackers?

    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 – there were some instances of compromised garage door codes 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.

     

    Besides, when it comes to entry points to the home, blunt-force attacks are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods, though the rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well. Electronic locks that integrate with home security systems, like the Schlage Connect lock, actually add a layer of electronic security to your home, allowing 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 Sense Smart Deadbolt is a great example - with multiple options to connect your lock to the cloud, you can receive real-time notifications and view a history of who used the lock and when. There’s also a built-in alarm on the Schlage Sense and Connect locks that sounds when the lock or door is forced, or the wrong code entered repeatedly. 

    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 – if a code becomes compromised, simply delete it. No need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost and anyone in town could have it. 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.

     

    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 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 day.

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