Say “goodbye” to the dark days of wondering, “Did I remember to lock my front door?”

By Claudia Fisher
August 30, 2019
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I’m willing to say that the only — yes, only — real downside of traveling is having to worry about what could happen to your home and all your belongings while you’re gone. You should feel relieved, however, that we live in a time when you can keep a pretty close eye on your home, even if you’re on the other side of the globe. Smart tech has made it possible for you to check in on the security of your property yourself and, if something looks fishy, you can deal with it right away rather than only discovering an issue when you get home. The best-selling smart lock on Amazon, for example, lets you lock and unlock your front door remotely and grant keyless access to others — like a neighbor or family member — through the corresponding app, if they need to get into your home while you’re away.

The August Smart Lock Pro makes entering and exiting your house a hands-free experience by syncing with your phone to sense as you approach to unlock before you’re at the doorstep and automatically lock behind you when you leave. With the accompanying keypad, you can grant temporary codes for certain people to get into your home — but only during the specific times you grant them access. The 24/7 activity feed on the app allows you to track who’s coming and going at your house, too, and connects to your Alexa, Google Home, or other smart home hub so you can operate it with voice commands.

With Z-Wave technology included, your smart lock will connect to basically any smart appliance in your home, like light controls, thermostats, garage door openers, swimming pool features, windows, speakers, and additional security systems and locks. You can control what the lock does from your smartphone, tablet, or computer whenever you’re on the internet. 

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To buy: amazon.com, from $195 (originally $280)

And, if you’re the kind of person who’s often fraught with “Did I remember to lock my front door?” anxieties, the embedded DoorSense technology can give you peace of mind by letting you know if your door is securely closed and locked.

Amazon reviewers have been loving the lock updates since the original version, with one customer changing his initial rating of three stars to five in his most recent review of the smart lock. He says, “Having had the lock for the better part of a year, I feel confident enough about it to recommend it to family now. Friends and family who have seen/used it have also commented on how much easier it is to use than a regular key.”

Other happy shoppers comment on how easy the lock is to install themselves and how seamless the transition is from a traditional lock to the August device. Some customers, while happy with their purchase, comment on the high price point, which is why now is the best time to buy the smart lock. Amazon has marked August’s best-selling device down by 25 to 30 percent (depending on color), so you can increase the security of your home without increasing your expectations for how much that should cost. 

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Shop the number-one bestseller on Amazon now (before the price goes back up) and wave goodbye to the dark days of wondering if your home is OK when you’re too far away to do anything about it anyway.

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