The Schlage FE595 CAM 619 Acc Camelot Keypad Entry with Flex-Lock is an easy-to-use and easy-to-install digital door lock. The Flex-Lock feature gives you the option to switch between auto-locking the door every time it’s opened and closed or staying unlocked and can be re-locked with the knob inside or by pressing the Schlage button at the top of the keypad. It runs on a 9-volt battery and illuminates for easier use at night. Installation is easy with universal latches and deadbolts and can be set up by one person. Program up to 19 unique codes easily on the keypad with a unique 6-digit programming code to manage them.
Switching to an Electronic Door Entrance System
Making the switch from a conventional lock and deadbolt to an electronic door lock like the Schlage FE595 Keypad Entry with the Flex-Lock feature seems like an easy decision. It’s just another part of life that electricity has made more convenient. There’s no need to worry about losing your keys or forgetting them in the furthest room of your home. But before you make the switch, it’s important to consider the advantages of an electronic door entrance system as well as the disadvantages.
Advantages of a Digital Door Lock
No Key, No Problem
The biggest advantage of a keyless entry system is that there is no key! No more digging through pockets, purses, or bags to find your keys at the bottom. No more misplacing or losing your keys. And you won’t have to make copies for lost keys or for other people. The best part is that there is no need to hide a spare key by the door that can be easily found by strangers.
As the manager of the keypad, you can easily change codes at your discretion or create temporary codes for guests that can be deleted later. You’ll be able to keep track of who comes and goes through the door and the number of attempts someone makes.
Many keyless door systems like the Schlage FE595 are easy to install. There’s no need to wait for a handyperson to do it for you. Just read the instructions and do-it-yourself!
Disadvantages of a Digital Door Lock
Not Recommended for Scatterbrains
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a scatterbrain, but if you struggle to remember codes, an electronic keypad lock won’t be your best choice – especially when changing codes regularly is good practice to reduce the risk of someone trying to guess a code.
On the Expensive Side
A regular deadbolt lock can cost around $50, whereas a digital door lock cost anywhere between $150-$250.
Although there is little to no maintenance with a keypad entry, it is still important to either change codes periodically or regularly upkeep the buttons from rubbing out or from any dark marks from use.
Your security and convenience are important and a keyless door system can provide you both. Learning the potential risks can help your make your decision as well as makes you aware of any precautions you need to take.