What is the difference between Arm Stay & Arm Away?

Almost all alarm systems will have at least two different armed settings: Armed Away and Armed Stay. So what's the difference between Armed Stay and Armed Away?

Armed Stay is designed for when you plan on arming the system and staying in the home. We know, it's a clever name for it.

When armed in the Stay Mode, all zones programmed as an Interior type (Interior Follower, or Interior with Delay, usually motion detectors) will automatically be bypassed. Zones programmed as Perimeter, or Entry/Exit, such as door and window sensors and glass break detectors, will be armed. Arming in this mode will provide both an exit and an entry delay, for zones programmed with a delay. This allows the perimeter to be protected, while you can walk freely around the inside of the premises, without tripping the alarm yourself.

Armed Away is for when you plan on arming the system and leaving the home. Again, an even wittier name.

Arming in the Away Mode will not automatically bypass any sensors, and the entire system, including motion sensors will be armed. Arming in this mode also allows both an exit and an entry delay for zones programmed with delay.

On some panels, there are 2 additional Arming Modes, Instant Mode, and Maximum Mode. Arming Instant is exactly the same as Arming Stay, except that it does not allow an entry delay. Once the exit delay expires, all armed zones will provide an instant alarm, but Interior zone types will be bypassed automatically. Arming Maximum is exactly like arming Away, but with no entry delay, so again, once the exit delay expires, all armed zones, including interior zones, will provide an instant alarm.

Of course, all of these modes depend on your alarm's settings and your zone configuration, and may vary, so feel free to call us if you need help.

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