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 provide answers to any questions you might have about your system after it’s installed. Our security experts will walk you step-by-step through any roadblocks so you can find peace of mind and quickly return to your daily routine.

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    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.

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    When to Use Away Mode

    A trick to figuring out home alarm stay vs. away is that 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.

    Home Alarm Stay vs. Away: 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.

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    Activation Modes Other Than Alarm System Stay Mode

    Not all security systems or panels are the same. Some come with features unique from another product you may have found somewhere online. So yes, there are activation modes other than alarm system stay mode that you should know about. We’re going to address three additional activation modes that you might have on your home alarm panel.

    Instant Mode

    Instant mode is similar to stay mode in the sense that is bypasses interior security devices. However, it doesn’t provide an entry delay. This means that once someone opens a front door or window, an alarm will immediately sound.

    Maximum Mode

    Setting your alarm panel to maximum mode is almost identical to setting your system to away mode. One key difference is that maximum mode doesn’t provide an entry delay.

    Night Mode

    Some alarm panels have a night mode that can be attractive for the homeowners likely to run to the bathroom in the middle of the night after their system is armed. Night mode is essentially creating a bypass zone that switches off sensors or devices that might sound an alarm by mistake.

    Protect America Can Answer Your Security Questions

    Installing a home security system in your home is a great first step toward protecting your property and keeping unwanted guests away. But this security works best when you understand the equipment in your home and how it operates. When you join Protect America’s family, you’re not just getting best-in-class equipment. You’re gaining a team of award-winning security experts that are trained to help customers become well acquainted with their equipment. From understanding your alarm panel’s activation modes (such as home alarm stay vs. away) to finding the right spot to place your motion sensors, we can assist with it all. Click here to request a free quote from Protect America today.