What is The Difference Between Stay, Away, and Night Home Alarm Activation Modes?

what-is-the-difference-between-stay-away-and-night-home-alarm-activation-modesHome alarm systems need to be manually activated by a user to work. This makes sense when you consider the alarm would go off at any given time without proper activation and given how often we come and go from our homes, having several modes to accommodate different situations is certainly convenient.

This often causes confusion however. For instance, not everyone is fully aware of the differences between these modes, not knowing what works best for each situation. Let’s take a closer look at the main differences between home alarm activation modes:

1. Stay Mode

Stay mode, often referred to as home mode, is the mode best used when someone remains at home. Motion sensors from the system detect people inside but don’t activate any alarms, ensuring the system isn’t set off by mistake.

This mode still provides security of course, otherwise it would be rather useless. The main security provided by stay mode occurs at other entrances to the home, namely windows and any additional doors.

2. Away Mode

As the name suggests, this armed mode is used when homeowners are away from their home. Therefore, all alarms are usually activated (unless the user decides to deactivate certain alarms), ensuring the utmost protection when away from home.

Both interior and exterior alarms are armed, so whether it’s a broken window or forced entry, the security system immediately triggers and sounds the alarm. Depending on the security system installed, the police might also be contacted.

So, unlike other modes, away mode will always activate the alarm should there be an issue, making it the most secure option for those leaving their home unattended. Be mindful that pets may activate motion sensors with this mode!

Also, away mode usually features a delay, so you can leave the house as you activate it, while also giving enough time (around 30 seconds) to deactivate when you come back home.

3. Night Mode

One of the most notable difference with night mode is how customizable it is. You set the alarm to suit the needs of your own night time routine, allowing to get the balance of security when sleeping but avoiding false alarms should you go to the bathroom or have a pet moving around downstairs.

This works by letting you pre-program the night mode to turn off any sensors that may be disturbed by mistake. Most people tend to turn off most motion sensors with this mode while keeping other sensors active, such as those on windows and doors.

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