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Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Benefits of Keyless Entry Using August Smart Lock

Your front door is the most frequently used door in the house. This is the point of entry and exit and is the point where you grant people access to enter your home.

Installing the August Smart Lock on your front door gives you the benefit of entering your home without a key.

August Smart Lock eliminates the need for keys. You’ll no longer have to fumble through your bag in search of your keys. You won’t need to search through a bunch of keys on your keyring to find the right one for the door. There will be no need to worry about being locked out because you forgot your key. With the August Smart Lock, you will no longer have to worry about losing your house key.

How Keyless Entry Works

Keyless entry or auto-unlock is one of the unique features of August Smart Lock. Without having to grab a key or your phone, August smart lock will automatically open the door for you as you approach it.

Technologies behind Auto-Unlock Feature

August Smart Lock uses the auto-unlocking action by relying on the following technologies:

  • August App
  • Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS

For the auto-unlock feature, the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS are regulated by the August App. In order for this smart lock to work, you need to download the August App to your phone. The auto-unlock feature recognizes whether you are at home or away to determine whether or not to unlock the door.

Home Mode

Auto-unlock will enter the “Home Mode” when you’re at home. During Home Mode, nothing happens automatically as you’re presumed to be at home. Home mode is activated after auto-unlock successfully unlocks your door.

Away Mode

Once auto-unlock recognizes that you’ve left your home – specifically that you’ve travelled over 200 feet away from home – auto-unlock will enter the “Away Mode”.

Upon returning home, the auto-unlock feature will start looking for your lock’s Bluetooth signal. Without needing to take out your phone, auto-unlock will detect when you are 10 to 15 feet from your door and will unlock it for you. It will then enter Home Mode again.

How to Optimize the Auto-Unlock Feature

1. Turn on your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The auto-unlock feature works best if you turn on both your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as your phone uses these two technologies to establish your true location. If your location can’t be determined, the auto-unlock feature won’t work correctly.

2. Take advantage of the August app notifications.

By default, the August app will notify you every time you are in the Home Mode or Away Mode.

3. Enter and exit with August Smart Lock installed.

Come and go through your front door without the need to use keys or your phone.

4. Turn on your August app.

If you turn off your August app, your Home or Away status can’t be determined. If your location can’t be established, August app won’t auto-unlock your door as a security measure.

5. Turn on your phone.

If you’re away from home, don’t turn off your phone as this disables the August app, your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – technologies that are necessary to power the August Smart Lock.

Turning off your phone will also result in failure to establish your Home or Away status. Once this happens, auto-unlock won’t function as a safety measure.

Keyless Entry for Family, Friends, Housekeepers

With the August Smart Lock, you’ll no longer have to worry about someone making an unauthorized copy of your key.

When you need to let family, friends, housekeepers etc. into enter your home when you’re not there, you can grant them access by sending each of them an invitation via the August app. After accepting your invitation, they’ll have instant access to your home based on the access levels that you’ve set.

Keyless Entry for Authorized Delivery Personnel

Early this year, August Home and Deliv, a leader in same day delivery services, announced a partnership for in-home delivery.

“With this new partnership, August Access customers will be able to opt for secure in-home delivery after the transaction with the retailer or business is completed,” August Home, in a statement, said. “If the customer authorizes an in-home delivery, August generates a one-time passcode. When the Deliv delivery specialist arrives, they ring the doorbell and a notification will be sent to the customer’s phone via the August app that the delivery is occurring. If no one answers the door, the Deliv delivery specialist will use the one-time passcode to unlock the door and drop off the package. Customers can even choose to watch the delivery take place in real-time through the August app or view a recording of it any time.”

Check out our smart bundles and give us a call to help you choose the right solution to make your home smarter, cozier and more efficient.

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out, Keeps the Good Guys In

How many times have you run back to check if your front door is shut? Probably, too many to count. Consider incorporating the August smart lock into your smart home system.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Bad Guys Out

Worrying about your front door lock every time you go out of your home isn’t misplaced. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Inc. (InterNACHI), an astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door. The burglary rate in Canada is slightly higher than that of the U.S. (746 per 100,000 people), InterNACHI reported.

With August smart lock, you can check whether you lock your front door or not on your smartphone using the August app, available on Google Play and Apple App Store. You can also check the lock or unlock status of your door by asking your intelligent assistant Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

If you indeed forgot to lock your door, you don’t have to run back to close it. You can use your smartphone or Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to lock the door for you. Knowing that your door is locked even when you’re far away from home will give peace of mind. 

The August smart lock, when paired with its accessory August doorbell cam, can deter burglars. Most residential burglaries take place during the day when burglars think that you’re at work. The one-way camera of the August doorbell cam detects motion, takes a video and sends you an instant visitor alert to your smartphone.

With the August doorbell cam two-way speaker, you can keep the bad guys out by appearing to be at home even if you’re not by talking to whoever is in front of your door using your smartphone.

August Smart Lock Keeps the Good Guys In

While our front door is meant to keep the bad guys out, it’s also meant to keep the good guys in.

You can keep the good guys in with the August smart lock and doorbell cam. In an emergency situation where there’s a fire alert in your house and no one is at home, you can simply buzz in the fire department to stop the fire. No need for them to break down the door or windows.

In another scenario where your trusted relative or friend from out-of-town is already at your doorstep and you’re running late to meet him or her, you can send a secure virtual key or unique entry code via your August app for him or her to unlock the door.

Your trusted guest doesn’t need to use a smartphone to use the virtual key. Your trusted guest simply has to encode this virtual key on the August smart lock accessory called “August Smart Keypad”. You can also give virtual keys to other trusted individuals like your dogwalker or house cleaner.

These virtual keys or unique entry codes serve as spare keys for people you trust. Unlike traditional keys, these virtual keys can’t be lost or copied without your knowledge. You can monitor anytime of the day the locking and unlocking of your door using the August app.

Here are 2 instances August smart keeps the bad guys out and keeps the good guys in:

1. August smart lock keeps package thieves out.

The prevalence of doorstep deliveries has significantly increased in the recent years due to the rise of online shopping. Based on a survey commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF), the majority of packages delivered at the doorsteps are stolen during the day when the greater part (74%) of homeowners are out.

The Edelman Intelligence survey revealed that more than 1 in 4 homeowners that experienced package theft in the past say it would be ideal if delivery personnel could leave packages directly inside their homes, instead of the doorstep.

Ninety-two percent of the respondents agree that the ability to see anyone at the doorstep via a doorbell cam from anywhere using the smartphone provides peace of mind. Eighty-six percent of the Edelman Intelligence survey respondents mention the value of a smart lock in allowing packages to be left inside the home without the need of leaving the door unlocked.

2. August smart lock secures your short-term rental.

Short-term rental is a growing global business. According to Euromonitor International, the global short-term rental business is projected to hit $51 billion by 2020, due in part to the strong growth of players like Airbnb. A big number of vacationers are choosing short-term rentals over hotels as they feel more at home with all the necessary amenities.

If you’re renting out your home on a short-term basis, the findings below from a survey about smart home system commissioned by August Home Inc. and carried out by research firm Edelman Intelligence (PDF) will give you peace of mind.

  • 92% of business travelers say they are more likely to complete their short-term rental reservation if the property has smart home system
  • 60% of guests say they would pay more for a short-term rental with smart home features, including smart lock and doorbell camera
  • 48% of guests say smart home features allow them not to coordinate with short-rental hosts when arriving or departing the property
  • 46% of guests say smart home features provide an easier system for checking-in and checking-out
  • 45% of guests say smart home features allow them to remotely confirm they have locked the door when they leave the rental property
  • 66% of short-rental hosts say smart lock is a stress-reliever as they don’t have to worry about guests forgetting to lock the door
  • 34% of hosts say that with the smart lock, they don’t need traditional keys where someone other than the guest might find them
  • 35% of hosts see the benefit of being able to see, speak and grant access to someone at the door remotely using the smart lock and smart doorbell cam
  • 45% of hosts say smart locks make their rental properties more secure
5 Ways NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

5 Ways NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

Here is How NEST Thermostat Can Keep Your Home Safe

Are you one of those people who worry if you’ve set the thermostat correctly before you leave?

Every NEST thermostat comes with a safety temperature. This safety temperature feature of NEST thermostat prevents your home from extreme temperatures by automatically turning on cooling or heating when the set temperature limits are reached.

Here are 5 ways NEST thermostat can keep your home safe:

1. NEST thermostat ensures that your water pipes don’t burst due to freezing.

Pipe bursting due to freezing is a serious problem. When pipes are exposed to freezing temperature, the water inside the pipes freezes and ice starts to form inside the surface of the pipes.Studies have shown that pipe bursting happens when these two conditions occur:

a) Freezing temperature forms ice blockages in water pipes; and

b) Further ice growth applies dangerously high pressures to a confined water volume.

According to the, winter storms which cause pipe freezing account for almost 22% of all homeowners insurance claims in 2013 in the U.S., resulting to $1.9 billion in insured losses and making it as the third largest cause of catastrophe losses, behind only to hurricanes and tornadoes.

Money isn’t the only issue in fixing pipes that burst due to freezing. Fixing pipes during winter are often conducted under difficult working conditions and in an atmosphere of urgency. Pipe bursting as a result of pipe freezing can cause serious flooding and structural damage to your home. Molds also start to grow within 24 hours after the pipe bursting, adding damage to your home.

If the room temperature dips below the set safety temperature, your NEST thermostat will automatically start heating. You’ll get a notification via your phone or tablet in case the room temperature drops and another notification once the temperature returns to normal level.

Notifications about crucial drop of temperature depend on your internet and Wi-Fi connection at home. If your Wi-Fi connection is turned off at the time the temperature drops below the set safety temperature, you won’t be able to receive notifications. Even if your Wi-Fi network is turned off, your NEST thermostat will continue to maintain the set safety temperature.

2. NEST thermostat protects your home and your family from excessive heat.

While Canada is considered as the winter capital of the world, summer here can be very hot. Prolong exposure to extreme heat can lead to serious medical conditions like heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

“Heat waves can be thought of as ‘silent’ killers because they are not visible like floods, hurricanes, and other weather-related health hazards, and because intense heat can produce effects on vulnerable people quickly and unexpectedly,” the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas said.

Every year, nearly 120 heat-related deaths occur in Toronto, 41 in Ottawa and 121 in Montreal according to the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas.

Those most vulnerable to overheating are the elderly and small children who are likely to stay inside their homes during the day – the time when the heat is most intense. Because of the vulnerability of these age groups, homes have become a focus for concern for overheating. Homes that are built to prevent heat loss during winter – with improved insulation and airtight construction – may unintentionally increase overheating during the summer months, making the people inside these homes vulnerable.

If you’ve got a NEST thermostat at home, in case the temperature goes above the set safety temperature, this smart technology will automatically start cooling. If you’ve Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to receive notifications whenever overheating occurs at your home and each time the temperature returns to normal. Your thermostat will automatically normalize your home temperature even if your Wi-Fi network is offline.

3. NEST thermostat can protect your second home, if you have one, from pipe freezing and bursting.

Even if no one is occupying your second home, you can sleep tight knowing that your other property is protected from pipe freezing and bursting.

4. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide exposure at low concentrations can result in fatigue in healthy individuals. At higher concentrations, carbon monoxide can result in impaired coordination and vision, dizziness, heardaches, nausea and confusion. At very high concentrations, carbon monoxide can be fatal. Sources of carbon monoxide include hot water heaters, cars, fireplaces and wood stoves.

“Carbon monoxide is often called the ‘silent killer’ – its victims cannot see it, smell it or taste it,” the Canada Safety Council said. “It is an invisible, odorless gas that can poison, and even kill you.”

In Ontario alone, the Canada Safety Council said, that from 2001 to 2007, there have been 74 accidental deaths as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In case there’s a carbon monoxide exposure at your home, your NEST Protect – with its industrial-grade carbon monoxide and smoke sensor – can automatically tell your NEST thermostat to turn off the heating system as a precaution.

5. NEST thermostat and “NEST Protect” can protect your family and home from fire.

Time is of the essence in fire prevention. According to Underwriters Laboratories, in the 1970s, it would take about 30 minutes for a fire to engulf a room; today it takes only less than 5 minutes.

In the same manner that both NEST Protect and NEST thermostat protect your home and family from carbon monoxide exposure, these two NEST products will also protect your family from fire. In the event that your NEST Protect detects smoke at your home, it will automatically communicate with your NEST thermostat to turn off your heating or cooling system.

Pipe freezing, excessive heat, carbon monoxide poisoning and fire could damage your home and could cost the lives of your loved ones. But these unfortunate incidents can be prevented.

Your NEST thermostat can prevent pipe freezing and excessive heat. And together with NEST Protect, your NEST thermostat can protect your home and loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning and fire. These smart home solutions will give you peace of mind every time you leave.