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When you move into your first house, you might be tempted to order new furniture or carpets for your place instead of attending to more important matters. Unfortunately, if you overlook home security, you might be left wondering if your family is safe while you are away. As a lock enthusiast, I always tell new homeowners that the first thing they should do is to rekey their entire house. Believe it or not, the process is relatively inexpensive and easy, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank to protect your new investment. Read my website to find out more.

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Knob Locks Vs. Electronic Locks: Which To Choose For Your Home

by Katie Davis

Knob locks and electronic locks are both popular for home use. Here is some information to help you choose which one to install. 

Knob Locks

The knob lock design has been around for many years, giving it plenty of time to be perfected. This mechanical locking system uses an interconnected metal locking system on each side of the door to prevent entry. You can combine them with other forms of locks, especially deadbolt locks, to create a very strong and hard-to-break entryway. 

Knob locks are a great idea if you don't want to invest a lot of money into your locking system. For their cost, they can offer a high level of security.

Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are somewhat new to the market, but they offer a lot of great features. For one, you can forget the key and use a pin code to enter. Some electronic locks will accept a key card that can stay in your pocket, so you don't have to interact with the lock at all except to get close enough for the scanner to read the card. 

Electronic locks also provide high levels of security by using encrypted data and Bluetooth security. You might think that an electrical component could be vulnerable to attack, but these added security levels make it very hard for intruders to guess your code. 

Which is Right for You?

If the above profiles don't convince you one way or another, here are some additional things to consider. 

Electronic locks offer convenience at all times of day. Since knob locks have no lighting features, you may need to scramble around to find the lock with your key in the dark. Since electronic systems can be backlit, you won't have to expend this effort. You can also sometimes open the locks via a smart phone app or change your key codes there without hassle. 

Knob locks require little maintenance. You may need to use a rekeying service every few years just to be on the safe side. This is, in fact, a great way to refresh the security of your locking system. Other than that, you won't need to call in a locksmith for knob locks unless you notice a problem. Electronic locks do require a bit of upkeep. For one, you'll need to monitor the batteries to make sure the system doesn't die when you need it. You may also need to do software updates to get the latest security protection. Both can be excellent options for home use. For more information, contact a company like Key One Inc​.