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    9 smart lock myths you should ignore.

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

    Monday, March 18, 2019

    Smart lock on front door | Schlage

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

     

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

    "Smart locks are too technical."

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

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

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

     

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

    "The lock must be wired"

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

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

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

    "Smart locks are a bulky eye-sore."

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

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

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

    "Mechanical locks are more secure."

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

    "A key is more reliable."

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

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

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

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

    Schlage and Key by Amazon lock onto a smart combination.

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

    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    Key by Amazon delivery

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

     

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

    What is Key by Amazon and how does it work?

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

     

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

    Where is Key by Amazon available?

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

     

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

    Is Key by Amazon safe?

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Woman checking smart lock status with smartphone

    Which smart locks work with Key by Amazon?

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

    Do I need additional accessories to use Key by Amazon?

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

     

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

    Does Key by Amazon work with Alexa?

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

     

    Learn more about synching Key with an Alexa device here.

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

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

    Schlage smart lock simplifies smart home solutions with built-in WiFi.

    March 5, 2019 6:30 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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    Schlage’s reputation for innovation continues with the introduction of our first smart lock that connects directly to your home’s WiFi network.

     

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    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt in Matte Black on green front door.
    Schlage’s reputation for innovation continues with the introduction of our first smart lock that connects directly to your home’s WiFi network. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is the ideal smart lock for homes that want a secure and stylish option that is also simple to use.
    Quite: Peace of mind from anywhere
    By eliminating the need for external adapters or costly subscriptions, the Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt offers the features that matter most to homeowners, including smartphone control through the Schlage Home app or Key by Amazon app, advanced encrypted security, up to 100 unique access codes and a variety of designs and finishes to complement your décor.
    Key by Amazon delivery driver placing package inside front door with Schlage Encode lock

    Convenience at your doorstep

    The Schlage Home app supports the Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt, meaning that even if you choose to use the Key by Amazon app, you still will receive free firmware updates to your lock. That means you won’t have to replace the deadbolt to take advantage of the newest features. You can also lock or unlock your door, manage and schedule access codes, and customize notifications – all the features you expect from a Schlage smart home solution.

     

    The Schlage Encode WiFi Deadbolt also works with leading smart home technologies, including Key by Amazon. When paired with the Amazon Cloud Cam (Key edition), Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas can opt-in to in-home delivery. Amazon delivers your package right inside your doorway, and Amazon locks up on the way out. And for extra peace of mind, the smart home solution offers visual verifications so you can watch video clips of who enters and exits your home through the Key by Amazon app.

     

    According to Devin Love, Schlage’s Director of Technology Alliances, “It is really important to our customers that they know what works with what. System compatibility, getting the right products that work in concert with other and system security – these are all factors in our development and design of smart-lock technologies like the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt.”

    Child with backpack unlocking front door smart lock

    Works with Alexa, Google and your family

    When connected to a compatible device, users can control the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt ¬with their voices. Convenience and peace of mind from anywhere are just a voice command away.

     

    Ask Alexa to lock or unlock your door with Key by Amazon when you enable the Alexa skill. You can also check the status of your lock, so there’s no wondering whether you locked up when you left the house. Google Assistant users can also check the status of their Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, as well as say, “Hey Google, lock my door,” when it’s paired with the Schlage Home app.

     

    “Just say the word,” says Devin Love. “Voice has become such a powerful and convenient way to interact with one’s smart home that we’ve incorporated that functionality with all of our top smart lock products. It’s all about making the smart home smarter.”

    Woman checking smart lock status with smartphone

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Security continues to be a primary reason homeowners invest in smart home technology. That’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks. See for yourself the world of possibilities that lets you make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. Join the millions of satisfied homeowners who trust the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage, and find out where to buy your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt at schlage.com.

    Smart locks: Keyless entry for the front door and more.

    January 29, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019

    Smart locks for every door

    The ease of keyless entry and the ability to access, monitor and control your home’s security using a smartphone makes today’s smart locks an ideal choice for both security and convenience.

     

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    The ease of keyless entry and the ability to access, monitor and control your home’s security using a smartphone makes today’s smart locks an ideal choice for both security and convenience. No more fumbling for keys to lock and unlock the doors of your home and no more rushing back to let in a trusted service provider.
     

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage connected keypads, allow you to control your lock from anywhere using your phone or even your voice with a wide variety of voice assistant devices. Regardless of your system and the technology powering it, smart lock technology can open many doors for you and your family.

    Smart locks for garage doors - Schlage

    Side Door/Garage Door

    Secure the outside access door of your garage or even the pass-through door from your garage to your home. Arms full of groceries? No problem. Unlock your door before you even get out of your car. Is your garage door closed and you need to get in to put the mower away? The same phone you were using to listen to tunes while you mowed the lawn can now be used to unlock the garage door for quick and easy access.

    Smart locks for back doors - Schlage

    Back Door

    Do you prefer to have the kids come in through the back door and leave their wet boots and outerwear in the mud room? Let them in remotely, set a schedule for the door to be unlocked when they get home from school or give them their own customizable security codes. Again, it’s the picture of convenience. You don’t have to worry about them losing or forgetting their keys and you can monitor them coming and going on your phone.

    Patio Door

    Are you at work on a busy Monday morning and find yourself wondering if you locked the door to the patio after Sunday’s barbecue with the neighbors? Talk about needing peace of mind. With select smart locks, you can check the status of your door locks using your phone. Confirm who last unlocked the door and lock it again for good measure, all from anywhere you happen to be: the office, the gym, the grocery store, wherever.

    Smart locks for front doors - Schlage

    Front door

    Of course you want your front door to be secure. With a Schlage smart lock, you’re covered. You can schedule, manage and monitor entry for a friend or neighbor to bring in your mail while you’re on vacation. You can grant scheduled access for anyone from visiting relatives to cleaning staff. And, in select service areas, you can use the Key app by Amazon and a compatible cloud-based camera to grant and monitor access for home deliveries.

    Smart locks on interior garage doors - Schlage

    Miscellaneous Access

    Do you have a tool shed in the backyard? A stand-alone garage, carriage house or pool house? What about a dedicated entrance to a home office? These are all ideal locations for a smart lock. You’re only limited by your imagination and your need for security. Schlage’s customers have even put a Schlage connected keypad lock on their wine closets! The sky really is the limit.

    Schlage smart locks for front door

    Open possibilities

    Explore a world of possibilities at Schlage.com and purchase from your favorite retailer or online at amazon.com, build.com, lowes.com or thehomedepot.com. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Get help selecting the Schlage smart lock that’s right for you here, and enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage smart locks throughout your home.

     

     

    Schlage and Ring. Making smart home security even smarter.

    January 18, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Schlage Connect - Ring Alarm - Smart Lock

    If you’re looking to make your home more secure affordably and conveniently, we have good news for you.

     

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    Schlage Connect - Ring Alarm
    If you’re looking to make your home more secure affordably and conveniently, we have good news for you. Schlage, together with the home security innovators at Ring, is giving you the ability to monitor your home 24/7 from just about anywhere using your smartphone. Say hello to a new wave of DIY smart home security.

    Convenience on your doorstep

    Schlage and Ring are leading the way with cross-compatible technologies that work together seamlessly to address home security challenges. The Ring Alarm Base Station operates on a Z-Wave mesh network. That means that the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and the Ring Alarm work on a single, integrated network, simplifying the process of making smart homes more secure and convenient.

     

    How can synching Ring Alarm with your Z-Wave enabled, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt add convenience and security to your life? After pairing the devices, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, add or remove access codes, and get alerts when a code is entered, all from one spot – the Ring App. You can also check your lock’s battery level via the Ring App.

     

    Ring Alarm, with its Z-Wave ecosystem and cloud-based app, is currently compatible with a range of in-home devices taking home security customization to another level. Including the Schlage Connect, you can also pair your Ring Alarm Base Station with compatible carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, flood and freeze censors, and motion and contact censors. If you’re looking for the added convenience of voice activation, Ring also works with Amazon Alexa. Now you can simply ask Alexa if your door is locked, or ask her to lock or unlock it for you.

     

    Simply secure

    The possibilities of a secure smart home are growing rapidly, but don’t let this intimidate you. Adding these security capabilities to your home is simple, especially with Schlage’s easy installation. Schlage smart locks are designed to fit standard doors without the need to drill additional holes and can be installed with just a screwdriver. Because they’re battery operated, there’s also no need for wiring or to call an electrician.

     

    Setup is just as convenient with quick and easy system synchronization between the Schlage Connect smart deadbolt and your Ring Alarm. Simply follow the instructions in the Ring App to pair your devices.

    Bring it home

    Do you already have a Z-Wave-compatible Schlage Connect smart lock and want to add it to a new Ring Alarm? Do you already have a Ring Alarm system and are interested in adding a smart lock to improve the security of your home? Maybe you’re starting your DIY project from scratch and are looking to add both? Visit our product pages to learn more about the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and find a retailer near you.

    While Schlage Connect Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus are popular choices to pair with Ring Alarm, any of our Z-Wave-connected products will work with the home security system. This includes Schlage keypad levers, which also make a great option for the entryway from your garage to your house, extending your Ring of Security even further. Learn more about these and other Schlage smart locks at Schlage.com.
     

    Schlage Smart Locks: the past, present and future of home automation security.

    January 4, 2019 1:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    2019 smart home security - Schlage

    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. Take a look at the number one driver behind smart home tech and where the industry is headed.

     

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    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. According to the Consumer Technology Association, which sponsors the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and exhibitor Microsoft, there will be 30 billion connected devices by 2020, with the smart home market alone approaching $40 billion in total sales.
     

    The number one driver behind the adoption of smart home tech? It’s still home security, and according to a recent survey by CNET and Coldwell Banker, that trend is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond. That’s where Schlage and its innovative smart lock technology is expected to play a bigger role than ever with new adopters as well as Schlage’s 40 million current customers. Schlage’s role: create smart locks that provide security, convenience and smartphone control and monitoring while seamlessly enhancing the beauty and style of a home.

    The numbers tell the story

    Technology showcases like CES and a seemingly endless stream of articles in today’s tech and home décor magazines paint a picture of just how important home automation is becoming – and how useful and valuable it is for homeowners.

     

    According to the CNET study:

     

    • Nearly 50% of millennials have at least one smart home product in their homes

    • More than 2/3 of those are controlled using a smartphone

    • Nearly 2/3 of smart home product owners plan on buying more smart home products in the near future

    • About half of smart home product owners say it saves them both time and money

    • More than 80% of respondents say they are more likely to buy a home if home automation products are already installed

    Home is where the smart is

    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation security with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. These Schlage smart locks were featured at CES 2018 and were invited to join other smart home technology leaders on the road, coast to coast, with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow.

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage
    Bringing convenience to a variety of lifestyles, Schlage offers smart locks designed with the latest Bluetooth®, WiFi, Z-Wave, or Zigbee technologies that pair seamlessly with a wide range of home automation systems. Added compatibility with hands-free voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes it easy to build a customized smart home experience.

    Home automation, front and center

    Top technologies presented at CES 2018 and projected to be influential through 2019 included everything from 5G phone service and self-driving cars to the Internet of Things. The top smart home trends also had a significant presence:

     

    • Voice assistants

    • Hands-free devices

    • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

    • Localized smart home functionality shifting away from the “cloud”

    • Home automation system architecture

    • Smart home security

    • Home automation products tied to health and wellness
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    Looking ahead

    For Schlage, the best is yet to come. Building on a heritage of innovation that began in 1909 with a patent for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off, Schlage is looking to take door hardware – and the smart lock – even farther in 2019 and beyond. Stay tuned as Schlage once again raises the bar in home automation. New products, new platforms, new voice-control innovations - that’s just a taste of what’s in store with Schlage and an entire array of innovative home automation technology partnerships.

    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage Sense

    Start at the front door

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. Schlage provides a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. A smarter way in. That’s what today’s – and tomorrow’s – smart home owner enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Easy-to-install Schlage smart locks pair simplicity and security.

    December 12, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Smart locks - Easy install - Schlage

    If you’re considering a smart lock for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, let the simplicity of Schlage be your guide.

     

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    Whether you’re a pro at lock installation or new to DIY, have a fully equipped home automation system or are just getting into smart home technology, installing a smart lock is simple and takes just minutes. We’re here to put you at ease about adding this new level of security to your home.

     

    You’ll find easy installation no matter which electronic or smart lock you choose - Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. If you’re not sure which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding tool.

    Smart locks - Easy Install - Schlage

    Do I need to do wiring? Won’t I need an electrician?

    No. Schlage electronic locks are battery operated. You’ll simply route the lock’s existing wiring through the bore hole in your door to connect the exterior keypad or touchscreen with the interior thumbturn , install the batteries and you’re connected.

     

    Will I need a lot of tools?

    All you need for installation is a Phillips head screwdriver and a measuring tape or ruler to prepare your door before installation. Find more pre-installation tips at Schlage.com.

    How much assembly is actually required?

    The number of components you’ll need to install is minimal. Included in the packaging is:

    • Backup key (except for the Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt which features a keyless cylinder)
    • All necessary screws
    • Bolt
    • Strike
    • Reinforcement plate
    • Interior housing
    • Batteries
    Smart locks - Easy Install - Schlage
    And of course, you’ll also get Installation Instructions or Quick Start Guide to take you through the installation steps. These guides are also available in Spanish.

    What if I do get lost during installation?

    Our How-To Center offers installation videos for each of our electronic and smart locks. There are also step-by-step, interactive instructions online for the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense app has interactive instructions as well.

     

    Our FAQ pages also share tons of tips for getting your lock in perfect working order.

    How will I know if I installed my lock correctly?

    The installation instructions will walk you through testing your electronic smart lock. Additionally, our how-to videos and FAQs offer suggestions for correcting common missteps, giving you confidence that you and your home will be protected.

     

    If you’re considering a smart lock for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, let the simplicity of Schlage be your guide.
     

    5 gifts of convenience from Schlage smart locks

    December 10, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    We’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

     

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    There’s no debate over the purpose of a good door lock – it keeps your home, you, your family, and your belongs secure. We believe convenience should be an equally standard feature. That’s why we’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    1. Access Codes

    The Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt both hold 30 unique access codes, and the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt holds up to 19. Give holiday guests their own code during their visit, then deactivate the code when they leave. They’ll appreciate the freedom to come and go with ease, and you’ll love the continued security.

     

    You can also assign codes to cleaners, handymen or other service providers helping to prepare the house for the holidays. Don’t forget the pet sitter keeping an eye on Fluffy when you’re traveling. You can schedule your codes to be recurring, temporary, or one-time-only, depending on your needs.

     

    With these convenient access codes, why carry keys with you or hide one under a fake rock, which isn’t secure anyway? No keys means you won’t lose them when making snow angels with the kids, taking a walk with the dog or going for a run to combat those holiday calories.

    2. Remote Access

    Lock or unlock your door from anywhere. If guests arrive at inconvenient times, like when you’re still at work, you won’t have to leave them standing out in the cold. Simply use your smartphone to unlock your door and let them in.

     

    You can also check the status of your lock from anywhere, perfect for those cold nights when you want to make sure the door is secure but don’t want to leave the warm comfort of bed. Why not use an app to give access to a neighbor dropping off your mail while you’re on vacation, too?

    3. Create a routine

    When you match your lock with a smart home automation system, you can often create routines that control multiple devices with a single push of a button. For example, make a “Welcome Home” routine so that when you unlock your door, the entryway lights come on, the thermostat adjusts and holiday music begins to play.

     

    Different locks are compatible with different technology. Try our Get Help Deciding Tool or find more tips online to find what’s right for you.
     

    4. Easy deliveries

    Fight porch pirates by protecting deliveries during holidays. In addition to the remote access that comes with all our smart locks, Amazon Key and Prime users in select areas have the additional option of using in-home delivery. This allows delivery people to place packages inside your front door without providing them with an access code. You can also restrict access during certain times of the day if needed.

     

    5. Style with function

    Schlage door hardware comes in a variety of finishes and styles to help any porch make a great first impression. Function is equally important, though. Touchscreens can be used even when they get wet from rain or snow, or when you have gloves on. Numbers on the touchscreens are also backlit, making it easy for you and your guests to see them as the winter nights get longer.
     

    Make your holidays, and every day, easier with the convenience of a Schlage smart lock. Enter the Season of Change sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2,000 VISA gift card and a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Amazon Cloud Cam today! In the meantime, you can find more holiday inspiration by following us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

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    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    5 ways getting smart can save you and your home energy.

    November 15, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Energy Efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

     

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    With smart home automation, you can make your house more energy efficient, saving you money. Home automation can also save you energy, making daily life just a little easier.

     

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

    Energy efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    Thermostat

    Heating and cooling your house uses more energy than anything else in your home. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to adjust the temperature as the weather changes or based on who’s home. Energy.gov estimates that turning down your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day, like when you’re at work, could save you up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling costs.

     

    Don’t want to come home to a cold house? When you choose a smart thermostat, you can start warming things back up with the push of a smartphone button before you even leave the office. Another option is to program your thermostat to do it automatically.

    Lighting

    Consider taking your energy savings beyond just saying “Alexa, turn off the lamp” or putting your lights on a timer. Try light sensors that turn your lamps on only when someone is in the room. You can also add geo-fencing, which automatically turns lights on and off based on where your smartphone is.

    Kitchen appliances

    Some smart ovens take less time to preheat, allow you to program the cooking process based on what you’re making and can often monitor your dish’s progress using sensors. All of these can translate to less wasted energy.

     

    If you think a refrigerator doesn’t need to be smart, think again. On the most basic level, making sure the door closes properly helps to conserve energy. That means a fridge that notifies you if the door didn’t shut all the way also saves you money. The ability to see inside the refrigerator without opening the door, perfect when trying to decide what to snack on, saves you money. A refrigerator that automatically knows when to reduce its energy consumption during the power grid’s peak hours while still keeping your frozen foods frozen, yes, saves you money.

     

    But what about conserving energy of a different kind? Some smart features or appliances might not reduce your financial expenses quite so obviously, but if they make your life easier, that seems like pretty good savings to us.

    Smart Lock - Zigbee Amazon Lock - Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

    Smart locks

    Smart locks like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt make daily life more convenient by allowing you to share access codes with family, friends, handymen, dogwalkers and others you may want to grant temporary access. No more keeping track of spare keys. No more rushing home from work to let someone in.

     

    Amazon Prime members in select areas can pair the Schlage Connect lock, Zigbee certified with the Amazon Key app and Amazon Cloud Cam to have packages securely delivered just inside the front door. You control entry from your smartphone, so you don’t have to provide a code to the delivery driver. You can even choose to block access remotely on delivery day if desired.

     

    Looking for even more convenience? Make your smart lock part of a home automation sequence. Try setting up a Welcome Home routine, for example. When you unlock your door, the lights turn on and your thermostat goes up. Or maybe a Goodnight routine that locks the doors and powers down electronics all at once while you relax in bed.

     

    These smart locks also add convenience with peace of mind. You’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door when you can check its status remotely from your smartphone. You can also be confident in the quality of your locks. All our smart deadbolts earned the highest marks from BHMA, so you know your home is safe and that your lock will continue to function correctly throughout its lifespan and stand up to the elements over time without losing its great style.

    Robotic Vacuums

    Make it a clean sweep of convenience with a robotic vacuum. Many can now be scheduled to run using smartphone apps and voice control. There’s even one that will take photos and videos when it senses movement in the room. Consumer Reports cautions that these vacuums don’t have the same suction power as a standard upright vacuum and their effectiveness depends on your type of flooring, but they can definitely help with everyday cleaning maintenance. And that’s an energy saver in our books.

    Adding home automation could be your solution for saving both money and effort. Find more ways Schlage can bring simplicity to your life at Schlage.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
     
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