This post is in partnership with Schlage.
Over the course of this year, we’ve been slowly working on making our home a smarter place to be. This past winter, we integrated our lighting and window treatments into an automation system, and earlier this month, Scott installed a smart thermostat, too. Being able to control the way our home functions and feels, whether we’re in our home or out to dinner or even out of town, has been great for our peace of mind (plus, it’s convenient and fun!).
As much as we rave about all the convenience, when Schlage asked us to give one of their keyless deadbolts a try, we were slightly hesitant. Would it really be that big of a deal to have a keypad on our front door? To be honest, I couldn’t wrap my head around going keyless, and despite reading through the benefits, I wasn’t sure how it would directly apply to us. That said, we’ve been so, so impressed with our Schlage updates that we’ve added to the garden apartment (all the interior and exterior doors were small changes with massive impact), that we both agreed it would be a so-called risk worth taking. And spoiler, we are really glad we did. Psst: We think you’ll love it just as much, so we’re giving away a Schlage Sense bundle at the bottom of this post!
There are three keyless options to choose from (the chart at the bottom of this page is a great tool to see which is the best fit for you). We landed on the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt because of its built-in alarm sensors and, what’s even nicer is that when within range of an Apple TV, we could have the ability to view and control our lock when away from home. More on the latter in a moment, but first, let’s talk about the install:
We paired our Schlage Sense deadbolt with a Century handle and Latitude lever, both of which came in our favorite matte black finish. After removing our existing lock and touching up the door paint, the next step was to download the free Schlage app. While I added that to my phone – and in turn, viewed the demo video and scrolled through the FAQs – Scott had already quickly finished the install of the deadbolt, and he was finishing up the handleset! The instruction booklet walked him through every step of the process easily and precisely, making it a painless transition that took a total of 15 minutes. Note: It’s important to mention that there are no set-up or monthly fees, which is a huge bonus for us when it comes to any smart home additions.
Once we were up and running, my phone immediately recognized the deadbolt, and we were able to assign codes for each of us. Both Scott and I chose our own 4-digit access code, which are stored in the app with our names alongside them. Our new normal is to now tap the ‘Schlage’ followed by our 4-digit code, and we’re in!
The alternative is to open the app and tap the lock icon. When locked, the icon will be red, and when open, green. Within our settings, we chose to have the door automatically lock behind us after 1 minute, but if we’re leaving for the day, we can also tap the ‘Schlage’ on the keypad, and the deadbolt will lock immediately. The sound of the lock opening and closing is intensely satisfying, but more importantly, there’s no more fussing of keys, and no more jingling and jangling, which sets the dogs off in a tizzy that cannot be contained – hooray! Note: The option to use a key hasn’t gone away, but why would you use a key when you can punch in a few digits on a lighted keypad?
Because our deadbolt is connected to our Apple TV, we also receive notifications via Apple HomeKit. I’ve been enjoying the alerts I receive on my phone, which let me know the door has been locked or unlocked:
This leads me to our favorite unexpected perk, which is turning out to have a positive impact on our lifestyle, too. Let me explain: We have several friends peppered around the city with keys to our home. Initially, it was a back-up precaution, for when we inevitably lock ourselves out (been there!), or heaven forbid, there’s an emergency inside the house. Of course, this means that our friends have to keep the key in a safe place, where in reality, our keys were likely sitting in a jar with several other miscellaneous keys.
Now, we can create up to 30 codes for our friends and family, and we have the ability to constantly update or remove them, depending on the need. For example, if a neighbor needs to pop by to serve up Jack and CC’s dinner or give Libby her daily medication, she can simply gain access to our home with her own personal code! In addition, we can assign digits for out of town house guests, and because we’ve set our deadbolt to automatically lock after 1 minute, we won’t have to worry about whether or not the home was closed up properly. All the while, we’ll still get alerts on our phones, and we can always check the app to see if the door is locked (or not)! Peace of mind for days, we tell you. (And just think of how handy this would be for Airbnb rentals!)
Going keyless has changed the way we live day to day, and the assurance we’ve been receiving from our phone alerts has become an added layer of security we’ve come to love. This week, Schlage has also announced their Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, which is a great addition for Android users or those without a smart home system. But the very, very best part of our impactful home update is that Schlage wants to spread the love to one of you, too!
We teamed up with Schlage to supply one reader with a Schlage Sense deadbolt + handle of their choice + Wi-Fi adapter (a $400+ value), giving you the ability to customize your keyless entry in countless styles and finishes! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. This giveaway is eligible for those located in the United States and runs through Wednesday, August 23rd until 5pm CST. The winner will be announced within this post and contacted directly. Good luck and happy entering!