How Long Does a House Alarm Go Off For?

Security systems are growing in popularity, with more of us choosing to install a burglar alarm system. However, you may have questions about how to control your system and what to do if your alarm goes off.

If you’re thinking of installing a home security system but have questions, Boundary is here to help. Our team consists of security experts who work tirelessly to bring you the latest technology. Forget outdated alarm systems and step into the future of home security with Boundary’s smart home security system.

But first, let’s answer some basic questions about how these systems work in your home.

Can a house alarm go off by itself?

One of the most irritating things in life is having a house alarm go off by itself and feeling helpless to stop it. The two most common reasons an alarm will go off on its own are a dead battery or a faulty sensor. Additionally, a false threat such as a pet walking by can activate the sensor and cause the alarm to go off.

Fortunately, all the above issues are easy to resolve using Boundary house alarms. Not only are you able to remotely disable an alarm or change settings, but the battery life for the motion sensors is designed to last up to a year. The system as a whole has a lifespan of seven years and also self-checks for battery life and faults. What’s more, the alarm can detect pet movement and also allows the option of designating pet areas that you can define in our app.

Other built-in protections against false alarms include the system’s sensor self-check, which ensures that the police aren’t called by accident.

How long do house alarms go off for?

Depending on the timeout settings, most modern house alarms will go off for an average of 20 minutes. However, lengths may vary for traditional systems. A homeowner, tenant, or keyholders ability to stop an alarm is limited by the constraints of complex traditional settings that may require manual disabling.

With Boundary alarms, your alarm will sound for 15 minutes from when it’s triggered You can also silence it with a quick swipe from the Boundary app on your mobile device. This gives you the freedom to travel and monitor your alarm wherever you are. You can designate keyholders on the app too, such as family members, to be notified when the alarm triggers.

How can I turn my alarm off?

You can turn off your Boundary alarm in several different ways. No matter where you are, you’ll always have access to your home security system.

Boundary app

Firstly, you can easily turn off your alarm even when you’re not home using the Boundary app. Even if you’re in a different country, you’ll be able to disable your alarm with a single swipe. You’ll be able to control your alarm from bed too.

Central alarm hub

Another way to turn off your alarm is by using the central alarm hub. You don’t have to worry about an intruder cutting the power like in a horror film. The Boundary hub comes with a 12-hour back-up to keep it working even if this happens. Additionally, you can choose cellular back-up, which uses your mobile signal in the event that Wi-Fi is unavailable.

Smart home integrations

One easy way to disable your alarm from home is by using the smart speaker feature. You will be able to turn it back on using this feature as well.

Managing your alarm via voice activation is also possible through our smart home integration. Our wireless burglar alarm is compatible with several systems, including:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home Assistant
  • IFTTT
  • Samsung SmartThings

You have the option to set up a verbal pin to use with your smart speakers. Smart home integration also means you can use sensor status to facilitate other actions, such as having the lights turn on or off when the front door closes.

Learn more about arming and disarming with Alexa.

Disabling your alarm remotely with your app

Disabling your Boundary alarm from the app is simple and easy. To get started, set up a few simple app permissions on your Android or Apple device. None of these will impact your phone’s privacy. Then choose to enable valuable features such as geofencing location services or notifications for alarm activation.

Once app permissions are set up, you are ready to silence your alarm whenever you like. Simply sign in to your account, and you’ll see an option near the top for arming or disarming. If it’s set to ‘disarmed’ tap on the label to arm it, and a countdown will begin, giving you time to leave the house.

What can I do if my neighbour’s house alarm goes off?

If you are home, observe carefully and assess the situation. If you clearly spot suspicious activity, make sure to stay safe and notify your neighbours and the authorities.

Through the Neighbourhood App feature, you will soon be able to instantly communicate with others in your community to report suspicious activity, including through SMS. Additionally, you will have the option to notify neighbours when your own alarm is activated. With our instant push notifications, you can conveniently enable automated calling to neighbours or other keyholders as well.

Improve your home security with Boundary

The Boundary alarm system is more secure and user-friendly than traditional alarm systems and eliminates many common issues using smart technology. We’ve accounted for false alarms in our design, made DIY alarm installation available for all our systems and we allow you to optimise your experience from your smartphone.

As the only UK-based smart alarm system with level 1 police-approved security levels (certification pending), you can rest assured you’ll receive the ultimate security instantly. You won’t have to worry about calling the police with a false alarm either as our system double-checks each sensor activation.

Our high-tech features make it easier for you to monitor your home, as well as any particular room. You can customise and design your own unique alarm to suit your home’s specific needs and floor plan.

Because our system integrates with other smart home devices, you can also do much more than track your home’s security. This integration simplifies your life and allows you to be on the go worry-free.