Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? I have and it is really no fun. Especially when your husband is at work, in a meeting, and can’t come home to let you back in, thus you have to sit on your patio for a couple of hours (luckily, with a book to read). I’m still stinging a little from this goofy careless behavior. I have lots of excuses but it was just a little flaky of me and really, excuses aren’t what matters. Figuring out a good way to prevent this is my real concern at this point. So, I’ve been looking at door knobs and deadbolts with keypads or thumbprint scanners in addition to keys.
At this point, from things I’ve read and research I’ve done, I think that perhaps the keypad versions are better for us. So I felt really lucky when a recent Costco.com email I received, had one of the keypad handles in it. I immediately went online to check it out. And not only did they have the one in the email, they had several others too; five in all. They also have one door knob that can be opened by remote, which is really kind of cool too. But it’s the keypad sets that I’m interested in really. Four of the sets are made by Schlage and one comes from a different manufacturer (that I can’t identify at Costco.com). The unknown manufacturer set looks kind of thick and clunky and isn’t all that attractive either but at $75.00 – $85.00 it is less expensive than any of the Schlage lock sets.
The Schlage people are selling a couple of different models through Costco.com, two are for front doors and two are for other entry points. I believe that they all come with deadbolts, but it is a little hard to tell from the site descriptions. As I mentioned earlier, you have both a keypad and a traditional key for all of the handles, as well. The keypad works with a 9V battery, which should last for about 3 years, and you’ll get a head’s up via a warning light and tone 100 days before the battery runs out. And you can easily replace the battery from the inside, without removing the lock from the door. Of course, since they say that it should only take about 30 minutes to install the new door knob set with just a Phillips head screwdriver, it wouldn’t be a big deal to take it off the door. Another nice feature is that the keypad is illuminated when it is dark so that you don’t have to fumble around at night.
|Schlage Keypad Lock Lineup at Costco.com
(click on images to link to product info)
The coolest part, of course, is the keypad and how easy it is to set access codes though. The lock comes with a 6-digit programming code that will allow you to set the codes and control all of the keypad features, as well as two random 4-digit user codes. Since this is all about safety, the pre-set codes can all be re-programmed, including the 6-digit programming control code. You can setup the lock to use up to 19 different user codes at; which is quite a large number. This is great because it means that you can set family codes but still have enough to give out, even temporarily, to a number of other people. There’s another nice feature that allows you to put the lock on “hold” when you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, like a vacation. And you won’t have to worry about a power outage be a problem, like you do with your garage remote since the door works via battery power, so you’ll still be able to get inside.
I’ve got to say, I like the flexibility that you can have with these types of locks. You can easily give a code to service people that might clean your house on a regular basis or you can hand out a temporary code to someone that will be doing work for just a day too. Not to mention, I could not take my keys when I go for a walk or a jog. And most importantly, I won’t have to be locked out of the house next time I forget my keys when I drop my car off for service!
But am I crazy to want one of these? Will it actually make my house less secure or give me a false sense of security? Dave and I are still debating all of these points. If anyone has any thoughts or experience with this type of door knob set, I’d appreciate your comments.