You’ve made the decision to get an alarm system. You’ve gone through the process of selecting the price and packages. It took some time to determine how many sensors you need, in addition to what kind of monitoring service would be right for your family. The equipment arrived at your doorstep and within an hour you’re up and running. Now, there are a few functions that are a little confusing.

Protect America is a home security service that can help answer any questions that you might have about your system after it is installed.

What is the Stay Mode

Use the Stay function on the keypad when you are going to remain at home. When your alarm is in Stay mode all of the interior zones, such as the motion detectors will be circumvented. They will not detect trouble. If the Stay is programmed and you go to get a glass of water from the kitchen in the middle of the night, the alarm will not go off. On the other hand, Stay will arm exterior doors and windows as well as the glass break detectors. If someone tries to break-in, the security company will be alerted. With Protect America, their monitoring service is 24/7, so they’ll contact the authorities if your system is triggered.

When to Use Away Mode

Whenever you leave your home, use Away mode. All the zones in your house will be armed, including the door and window sensors as well as the motion detectors. Some systems will not detect small animals, so Fluffy or Snowball will be able to roam free while you’re at work.

You should be aware that there is a short delay when arming the Away function. The system gives you several seconds to head outside before it is armed. There’s also a short delay when you return. You’ll hear several beeps before leaving or returning to your home. The alarm will not immediately sound after you’ve come home from a long day at work. You’ll have a few seconds to enter the code.

Arming Specific Zones

If you need to have a certain room or zone unarmed, you can specify which zone you want to bypass on the keypad. It’s easy with Protect America systems.


“If you wish to bypass a sensor after you have armed your system, you must first disarm the system, then open the door or window you want bypassed.”

Reasons you may want to bypass a specific zone:

  • Renovations – You are renovating an area that is in the midst of repairs.
  • Window Open – You may want to sleep with a natural breeze through an open window.
  • Pets – If your system senses pets, you may want to bypass the room where he sleeps.

Start protecting your family today with Protect America. Systems are modifiable. There are standard packages, but you can always add extra sensors or wireless cameras. Complete with home automation, your home will be practically impenetrable.