Are “Smart” Windows And Doors A Good Investment?


More and more people adopt smart technologies to manage their homes. We rely on smart technologies to control our heating systems, our lighting fixtures, and our household appliances. Amazon Alexa, Hive, Nest, Apple, and Google Home are only a few examples of advanced solutions that are competing against each other for our hearts and minds. According to a PWC survey, one third of us have already bought a smart home management device.

The internet of things is our new reality today. Our coffee makers and our refrigerators, as well as many other everyday objects, are now connected to the internet, allowing us to control them as we need. The electronics and the hardware embedded into these objects enable communication and remote monitoring and control.

Can Windows and Doors Feature Such Smart Technologies?

There are many types of ‘smart’ windows available on the market. The basic ones integrate simple security sensors, while the most advanced ones come with full integration like Solidor door design. There are sensors that can be embedded into doors and windows to alert you when open, but also advanced security platforms that warn you if you attempt to leave your home without closing your windows or locking the door.

So, how to know which windows and doors security system to choose?

Smart Windows and Doors Sensors

Sensors are the very first thing to consider when thinking about smart windows and doors. Most of these sensor types work by dispatching messages to a smartphone or to another mobile device via a dedicated app. The biggest advantage of such sensors is that they are fairly inexpensive and don’t require you to buy new doors or windows.

These systems provide basic functionality such as sending an alert message or triggering a noise if there’s an intrusion attempt. They can also detect motion or temperature changes and send an alert to your smartphone or mobile device to warn you that you haven’t closed all windows.

Fully Integrated Smart Window and Door Systems

We’ve agreed to define all of these products ‘integrated smart hardware systems’ because they rely on smart and complex technology rather than on simple sensors. Also, they are fully integrated with the hardware and the locking devices of your windows and doors, thus making them extremely energy-efficient and safe.

Smart Systems to Warn You on The Locking Status Of Your Windows And Doors

Just like retrofit sensors, these systems alert you on the locking status of your windows and doors. Many of these devices feature added functionality such as geo-fencing, which is the capability to make use of your GPS coordinates to trigger alerts if you leave your home without locking your windows or doors.

The biggest advantage of these systems is that they are fully integrated into the hardware, so they don’t spoil the looks of your windows and doors.

Automated Smart Locking Solutions

Automated smart locking solutions are even more advanced. They let you remotely and automatically lock and unlock your door.

You can choose whether to use a key fob entry or to trigger the locking and the unlocking of the system via a mobile app. Some of these systems even allow you to create multiple mobile keys and share them with your family members, relatives or friends, in order for them to be able to enter the house. They allow you to monitor the access and revoke any of these keys if needed.

The Main Drawback of Smart Windows and Doors

Confidence is the main issue manufacturers of smart locking solutions have to face. Many homeowners prefer the middle way, not-so-smart solutions that integrate sophisticated hardware systems with traditional manual operating locks. This is how they can enjoy the benefits of modern technology, with fewer associated risks.