It's funny the things that you notice in your own home, and how certain details can drive you crazy when others can be easily overlooked. For example, we have some pretty awful light fixtures hanging that came with the townhouse when it was built (we're talking super gaudy and just bad) that I am somehow able to completely block out of my field of vision. Yet I haven't been able to ignore the chipped, stock brass door handle and lock on our front door, and have been vowing to replace them for what feels like forever. (That's the snazzy 'after' shot with our pretty new deadbolt and handle above, FYI. See below for the original.) The other issue with the lock is that I have lost the keys, like, a dozen times. Somehow I have been able to hold onto the one car key I have for our car for a few years now, but I cannot seem to keep a set of house keys no matter what I do.
Recently, I came across a new product that I realized would solve both of these "problems" by upgrading to a much more aesthetically pleasing lock/handle and making a physical house key no longer necessary. I was instantly in. The product is called Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, and we were so excited about it after we ordered it that we installed it the same day it arrived. (We went with the Century Style in Satin Nickel, but there are several options for style and finish available.) It was incredibly simple to switch out - we just removed the current handle and deadbolt with a screwdriver (no wiring necessary), and replaced them with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and matching handset. It took less than 15 minutes and was an instant improvement. And we'll be able to take it with us when we eventually move, which is a major bonus because I don't think I could leave this awesomeness behind.
In addition to being really easy on the eyes, the key-free lock uses technology that works with Bluetooth and allows us to control our door lock using our iPhones. And when our iPhones are beyond Bluetooth range from the door (about 40 feet), we can remotely connect using our Apple TV. So we can even use it when we're not home. Pretty great, right? (The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt can also be used with the Apple Watch, iPad, iPod Touch, or even Siri voice control.) To set it up, we just downloaded the iOS app, and we were good to go. I love that we can set and assign up to 30 access codes to give to others (family, friends, babysitters, etc.), and that we can view a list of our activity (when codes were created, when the door was locked and unlocked, etc.) in an instant. We can also use the app to update settings and check battery life. And if we don't have our phones with us (which, let's face it, never happens - but still), we can just use the lock's illuminated touchscreen to enter our codes. It's been a huge relief not to have to worry about a key at all anymore, and I'm looking forward to using the system on an everyday basis in the coming months. It's also reassuring that it comes with the highest industry rating for security and durability, and includes Schlage's patented and patent pending technologies.
The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is currently available for pre-order at Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Build.com, and will be available for retail starting this month in select Lowe's and Home Depot stores and on HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com, Amazon.com and Build.com. And one lucky Bubby and Bean reader is also going to win a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt of their very own, in winner’s choice of finish, plus choice of door handle set to match (valued at $300)!
To enter, use the form below. Also please make sure to read the very important information below the entry form.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway will run through November 22, 2015 and is open to readers in the United States. A winner will be randomly chosen shortly after the end of the giveaway and announced here. By entering this giveaway, if you win, you agree to complete a written questionnaire with feedback surrounding Schlage products and installation. Once the prize has been shipped to the lucky winner and they've had time to install and use the hardware, a Schlage representative will get in touch for this feedback. Also note that as stated above, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt requires an iOS device for use (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch, etc.), and that if you want to use the product's remote capabilities, you will need an Apple TV®.
Big thanks to Schlage Sense™ for making such an incredible product and for giving Bubby and Bean readers the chance to win one of them! You can find Schlage Sense™ on their website, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and their blog.
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