Keyless locks were popularized for use in motor vehicles, but it didn’t take long for homeowners across the world to get privy to them as well and demand similar features for their spaces. The call to action had been heard, and companies began producing what are now known as “smart locks.”

The deadbolt on your home or business’ front door is probably doing exactly what you need it to. It locks. It unlocks. There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with it.

Still, you might find yourself thinking about installing a keyless smart lock system in your home. You want to know if it’s a worthwhile investment to replace the existing locks with this perceived upgrade. After all, we’re talking about your security and peace of mind here.

Taking a look at this list of pros and cons could help in leading you to the right decision.

Pros of Owning a Smart Lock

The main feature that most homeowners find alluring is the fact that smart locks function without keys. This completely eliminates the need to carry a house key around with you-as well as eliminating the risk of losing said key. You also won’t need to worry about giving copies of the key to your family members. Just give them the code!

Many home intruders look for a spare key to be stashed somewhere near the front door, as this has been a long-standing practice for homeowners. When there is no key necessary to use the lock, there is no spare key to be discovered by those who mean to do you harm.

Smartphone integration is another shiny feature of many smart lock models. Have you ever been on a long trip away from home and stressed out, thinking that you left the door unlocked? With the handy-dandy app that can be installed on your phone to accompany the lock itself, you can lock and unlock your door from nearly anywhere.

Some smart locks even work with the features of your camera security system, if you have one. With the combined use of one of these specialized smart locks and a high-end camera system, you can see who is at the door and let them in with the push of a button on your phone. This is great news for those who have physical limitations that might keep them from getting to the door quickly.

Cons of Owning a Smart Lock

For as many features as a smart lock has, some users find that they are not reason enough to make this investment. One of the biggest frustrations that smart lock owners deal with is technical failure.

A standard lock is relatively easy to repair should it fail. Its parts can be disassembled, replaced and reinstalled pretty quickly, or the locking system could be replaced entirely at minimal cost. As is true with any other technology, smart locks work great-for as long as they actually work. Technology can fail unexpectedly, and not every homeowner knows how to effectively troubleshoot their own smart lock issues.

It is also necessary to do a decent amount of research into prospective smart lock brands and models before you make a decision. Some smart locks only work with deadbolts. Some don’t lock well if the door is not practically slammed shut behind you. Some are known to be less reliable than others. These are things that you need to take into account when buying your smart lock.

Smart locks are a great step in home security technology, particularly for those who want the added convenience of smart phone integration and not having to haul around a key (or create copies for every guest and family member). But for some homeowners, the benefits don’t outweigh the potential pitfalls of technological failure or the existing limitations of current models.

Whatever decision you make for your home, workplace or anywhere else, you should do so with security at the forefront of your mind. Does a smart lock sound adequate to your specific needs? Consider this carefully before you replace your existing locking system with the “smarter” upgrade.

Guest post by Paul Woods