Choosing the Right Smart Lock for Your Vacation Rental Home
Macaulay Gidado | Monday, 24 August 2022
When the concept of a network of smart devices first came up in 1982, it was merely a dream. Today, there are over 14.4 billion connected devices across the globe and that number was estimated to reach 29 billion in 2030. The idea behind the Internet of things is automation and convenience, and a smart lock is the epitome of that.
Coordinating guest access for check-in and check-out and at the same time improving the security of your property, especially when you reside offsite, isn’t a walk in the park.
Smart locks, on the other hand, simply eliminate all the hiccups above, including the hassles that come with key loss. They are the king of automation and convenience when it come to automated access. And they have helped many Airbnb hosts and vacation rental owners working with us manage and monitor access to their properties.
There are, of course, many smart lock options out there. Some work excellently, some are buggy, some lack the needed features, while some others are just too inferiorly built to guarantee the sort of security every vacation rental home needs.
Whichever smart lock you decide to go for, ensure it can help you effectively do the following:
Some so-called smart locks allow you to configure access codes manually on the lock. This can be very inconveniencing. The true smart locks, on the other hand, work over WiFi, and data (like generated lock codes and access logs) is streamed between the control server and the lock itself so that hosts can remotely configure and manage access to their properties.
Certainly, you have already figured that smart devices are powered by batteries, and WiFi is notorious for draining batteries. Since the last thing any host wants is a lock with a dead battery, which basically means that even guests with an access code can’t get in, you want to first check how the lock you want to buy manages power.
RemoteLock, for instance, requires four double AA (1.5V) batteries and conserves battery life by only connecting to the network at intervals to import and export data. You can even shorten or lengthen this interval. That way, you remain fully in charge of power management.
That would be a disaster, wouldn’t it? So be sure to choose a smart lock that stores access codes directly on the lock. That way, should your WiFi go down, the lock will still be functional and your guests can still use their access codes.
We have tested a good number of smart locks in the past. So far, the one that meets all the specifications mentioned above is RemoteLock. And that’s what we always recommend to hosts and owners working with us at Helot.