The Pros and Cons of a Keyless Entry System

Updated: Oct. 31, 2023

The Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry Systems

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A keyless entry system can make your life easier, by eliminating the need to carry around a key that you could lose. Another plus is that you can usually install a keyless entry system yourself.

However, before you make the jump from a traditional door lock to a keyless system, there are some pros and cons to consider.

Pros of a Keyless Entry System

A keyless entry system solve all of those missing key problems.

  1. You can monitor access to and from your home. Many keyless systems allow you to assign a specific code to each user, so you can keep track of who is coming and going.
  2. There’s no more losing keys. If you often have neighbors or friends coming to check in on things when you’re gone, you don’t have to worry about them losing your house key. If you have someone coming to do some work when you’re away, you can just give them a code and disable it as soon as the work in done.
  3. There’s no more need for “emergency keys.” You don’t have to hide that extra key under the rug or under the flower pot.

Cons of a Keyless Entry System

  1. If you have trouble remembering codes, a keyless system may not be for you. According to Angie’s List, experts say you should change your code from time to time as buttons can get worn or discolored, making it easy for a thief to figure out the code.
  2. A power failure can cause some issues with keyless systems. You never know when technology will fail so it’s best to have a traditional key as a backup.
  3. Cost can be prohibitive. Keyless lock systems range from $150 to $250, while the average cost of a traditional deadbolt lock is less than $50.

One thing to remember, according to Joey Lachausse of the Associated Locksmiths of America, “Smart locks are more convenient, but not any stronger than traditional locks.” For securing the yard equipment outside your door, consider these locks that cannot be cut with bolt cutters.