Home Alarm Stay vs Instant

What's the difference?


November 23, 2020

21 Home Alarm Stay vs Instant1

Have you put off getting a home alarm system because you don’t understand how they work or because you’re worried about it going off when it shouldn’t? Or perhaps you think it will be too complicated for your family to operate?

A home security system CAN feel a bit complicated, and if your alarm going off may mean alerting law enforcement or the entire neighborhood — it’s understandable that you may have reservations about using one. But the reality is that home security systems protect you, your family and your belongings. And there are so many types of systems — most of which are simple, cost-effective, and easy to install — yourself!

With that said, let’s look at the difference between home alarm "stay" and home alarm "instant."

What Is Home Alarm Stay?

"Stay" is an arming mode on most alarm systems. The stay setting allows you to set your alarm while you are still in the home. For example, if you will be home but you want the security of the alarm system — but you don’t want to set it off as you move about your home! The stay setting turns of motion detectors so that people in the house don’t trigger the alarm, however the alarm can still be triggered by doors and windows opening.

To avoid setting off the alarm by opening an exterior door, the stay setting gives a small window of time to enter the code into the keypad. This is also handy if you are going to bed but still waiting for someone to come home.

What Is Home Alarm Instant?

“Instant” mode eliminates the delay time. The interior motion detectors are still off, so there is no worry of inadvertently setting off the alarm, however if exterior doors or windows are open, the alarm will be triggered.

The stay and instant feature allow you to have additional security and peace of mind while you and your family are home. A home security system not only protects your property and assets, but it also protects lives.

If you are considering a home security system, but aren’t sure which is right for you, or don’t think you can afford one, contact Brinks Home™ today for a free quote.

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based editor and writer.

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