Maintenance Mode is very useful when you'll be working on a computer that is being monitored. Naturally you don't want to receive alerts or have the monitoring service try to correct things that you are working on. Instead of stopping the monitoring service (and potentially forgetting to start it again), you can indicated the monitored computer is being worked on with Maintenance Mode.
When you enter Maintenance Mode, you specify how long you expect to be working on the server. No further monitoring of the server will take place until that amount of time has past. Then active monitoring of the server begins again automatically.