A keyless lock may be the easiest way to make sure you’re never locked out again.
“It is a lot more convenient not to have to carry a key," Mary Tinder, a security professional said. "It’s more convenient to not have to re-key your locks if you’ve given out a key, and again, you’re so much more likely to lock the door when you don’t have to have your keys with you.”
Commercial businesses have used them for years and now they’re becoming popular with homeowners.
“Many people like a keyless lock system because it allows them to do away with that spare key hidden under a flower pot outside," Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List said. "It really gives them peace of mind that their house is more secure.”
A basic keyless lock system is about four times more expensive than a traditional deadbolt. A push-button lock can be installed for around $200. Just punch in your pre-programmed code and you’re in.
“I think it’s a lot more secure than handing a key out. You don’t know if someone’s made a copy of that key. This way, if you don’t want them in anymore, you change the code," added Tinder.
Newer, more expensive systems use a digital keypad and wireless technology to open the door. Whenever a programmed key fob or smartphone gets in close proximity to the door, a signal automatically gets sent to unlock.
If you go with a push-button system, experts recommend changing the passcode occasionally to keep the buttons from wearing down and helping someone guess the code. Most keyless locks run on double-A or triple-A batteries and also come with a key bypass just in case you forget the code or lose the fob or phone that triggers the lock.