Smart home technology has become increasingly popular. Automated home products, such as smart lights, thermostats and locks make life more convenient and secure. These connected devices give homeowners complete control, allowing them to use their phone to automate routine tasks like turning off outdoor lights or closing the garage door. But, despite this unmatched convenience, a reliance on Internet connectivity presents some potential flaws for some devices, like smart locks.

Many smart lock require an active Internet connection and a smart phone for operation. If your Internet is down, or you’re without your phone, how would you enter your home?

Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid this situation.

How to Prevent Smart Home Lockouts

Avoid getting locked out of your smart home and implement these preventative measures before using smart locks.

  • Replace batteries. Many smart locks are battery-powered. These batteries are the main power source for several smart lock components, including wireless chips, LED lights and the motor that unlocks the door. For this reason, a best maintenance practice is to check batteries semi-annually and replace as needed.
  • Ensure your door closes properly. Uneven doors, especially in older houses, can cause smart locks to jam. When doors are controlled remotely, the deadbolt needs to move freely. Ensure your doors are aligned and close seamlessly.
  • Keep a backup key. Whether you choose to hide a spare key, keep one in a “keytainer” or give one to a trusted neighbor, having a backup house key available can help you avoid a lockout. If you plan on hiding a spare key, hide it at your own risk. Do not hide it close to the front or back door, change the spot frequently and avoid common hiding spots like doormats, grills, flowerpots and mailboxes.

Smart locks offer homeowners convenience, security and connectivity. Contact a trusted security vendor for proper smart lock installation and set up.