What Does “Away” Mode Mean In A Security System?

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You’ve seen it before but you’re not quite sure what it means exactly. If you’re thinking about purchasing some form of automated home security, or perhaps have already gone and bought one but didn’t bother to go over the instruction manual in it’s entirety; you may be curious as to precisely what “Away Mode” means.

The answer is eminently simple, actually. Away mode commonly activates and arms your entire system. It is typically designed for when you plan on leaving your home empty for an extended period of time and you wish to be notified of any motion or entry detected in your absence.

Typically when you set your home security system to Away Mode you’re given a grace period (it’s commonly anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds) to exit the house or premises before you inadvertently trigger a security alert and/or alarm. There are several ways of setting your security system to Away or Armed Mode, including but not limited to: using the system’s master control, a button on a keypad or keychain that might have been included in your kit, or even a smartphone app for your system.

Now, if you own pets you might be worried about them triggering an alarm when your home security system is left in Away Mode. The good news is that many systems have taken this into account. If you’ve got a pet that is left at home while you’re away for work or a night out, numerous security systems are prepared for this by having set parameters that are able to identify and separate pet movement from actual intruders.

Here’s a quick recap of when your security system’s Away Mode will come in handy:

  • Going on vacation

  • Going to work  

  • A night out

  • Anytime the house will be left empty for the foreseeable future


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