MINNEAPOLIS — Home is where the heart is. But home may not always be where Americans feel safest.
A new survey from Honeywell found that more than two-thirds of Americans do not always feel totally safe in their homes, though technology may be the security blanket people need to feel connected, comfortable and secure. The survey also found 72% of women do not feel safe at home.
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Honeywell conducted the survey to uncover the drivers and motivations behind the adoption of connected home technology.
People living in households with more than one person are actually more likely to feel unsafe in their home versus people living alone (71% against 58%), according to the study.
Security is a key driver for at-home connectivity, with 60% of Americans thinking it would be “cool” to have an app that controls locks and doors, followed by lighting (51%), heating and cooling (49%) and a surveillance or security camera (42%).
By 2025, Americans believe 44% of all of the items in their homes will be connected.
U.S. consumers also ranks smart home technology as more useful than other “connected” innovations: more than 7 in 19 (73%) would take a connected home over a driverless vehicle, and 63% think an app that connects their home is more useful than one that tracks their physical activity.
While nearly 90% of Americans want to automate their home, 66% say cost is holding them from adding more connected features into their homes.
“People want to be comfortable, safe and in control at home; it’s what we’ve heard from our customers for over a century,” said Jeremy Eaton, president, Honeywell Connected Home. “Those sentiments aren’t likely to change. Our goal is to keep innovating to meet those needs with smart products and services that improve people’s lives.”