Just recently got a ST V2 hub, a few switches and a few multipurpose sensors. Fairly addicted already!! Looking into smart locks (deadbolts) and am wondering what you guys use for the door knob itself? My main reason for getting a smart lock is convenience. We used to enter our house through our rec room (converted 2-car garage). This door only had a keyed door knob on it so simple entry with just one turn of a key. But that room has been turned into a giant playroom for my 10-month old son and we want to stop coming into/out of the house that way so we aren’t tracking everything from outside into the playroom. My front door has a storm door and the main door has a standard deadbolt with a separate standard keyed door knob. Looking to get rid of the keyed knob in favor of an unkeyed knob. So once I have things setup for my smart deadbolt to unlock the door upon my arrival I can simply open the door without fumbling with keys and a baby, groceries, etc. in my hands. Is that what most of you guys do? Go with an unkeyed knob and a smart deadbolt? Most unkeyed knobs I’ve been looking at are made for wooden inside doors (closets, bedrooms, etc.). Looking for something more suitable for a heavy, steel front door.
If you’re OK with the style, lever handles are convenient, easy to find, and look nice.
Since for many people the whole point of getting a smart lock is to make it easier to open the front door when your hands are full, a lever then lets you just use your elbow. You will probably want to get a smart lock that auto locks, then, because you can’t really childproof the lever to keep a little kid from going out. But if the deadbolt is locked then that doesn’t matter as much because typically the turn bolt is a couple of inches higher. And eventually if you want you can put a box cover over the interior turn bolt and childproof that.
Most of the smart lot companies sell a matching handle set that is either a lever or a vertical pull. Here’s the one from Schlage.
Some companies, like Yale, also offer some models that have the lever built-in to the keypad unit:
But if you prefer, you can also just get a keyed entry exterior knob. These don’t typically have a smart option, so most people just use them without the key for every day use.
So there are several options depending on your own aesthetic preferences.
Cool. Thanks for the response.
I was looking at the lever type handles as well. Just wasn’t sure how easy of a swap they would be with my current standard handle. Most likely simple swap though.
Good call on the child proofing. That didn’t cross my mind at all.
I myself am quadriparetic, use a power wheelchair and have limited use of my hands, so door knobs are a big issue. My condition is also progressive, meaning it gets worse over time.
A few years ago we changed all the interior knobs to lever handles, but we left a knob on the front door because I didn’t want my service dog letting himself out!
But then it got to the point where I couldn’t open that door at all without help and then we got a smart lock. So that was when we switched the front door to a lever handle, which the dog can work. So now a human, which could be me using Automation, unlocks the deadbolt and then the dog can work the lever handle.