Frequent travelers show interest in home automation and notification products

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., July 11, 2002 — Americans are a nation of travelers, according to a national survey of homeowners.

The survey, conducted by Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, found that nine out of 10 homeowners travel for pleasure and nearly half (47%) travel for business. And sizeable percentages (44% and 19%, respectively) of those who travel for pleasure or business are away from home 10 or more days a year.

So who’s watching their homes when Americans leave for a few days? Four out of five (81%) say their homes are watched over by neighbors, relatives or friends. Four out of five (81%) lock the doors.

According to the Honeywell survey, other steps taken before leaving home include:

* Adjust the thermostat to save energy (67%)
* Turn off lights (61%)
* Turn off computer equipment (52%)
* Shut the curtains (48%)
* Turn on lights (42%)
* Unplug appliances(39%)
* Stop the newspaper (38%)
* Turn on security system (30%)
* Turn off water (22%)

Crime (burglary, break-ins, vandalism, etc.) ranks as the biggest concern (22%) of travelers when they’re away for more than a day. Eighteen percent worry about pets left alone. Ten percent say their biggest concern is a home-system failure, related to water heater or furnace breakdowns or plumbing problems.

Interest in home control

The survey also revealed that Americans are interested in products to help out on the home front while they are away.

* Alert me. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of homeowners like the idea of being alerted to plumbing, electrical, heating or other home-system failures when they are away.
* Save on home heating/cooling bills. More than 60% report interest in products that would help save energy on their heating and cooling bills when they are away.
* Call-ahead comfort. Forty-six percent report interest in using the phone to adjust their home’s temperature to a comfortable setting before they arrive home.

A number of products are available to help give homeowners greater peace of mind while traveling. Honeywell’s Telephone Access Module lets homeowners use a phone to remotely control their heating and cooling system, monitor their heating/cooling equipment and alert them to problems, such as freezing temperatures or an extended power outage.

The survey contacted 1,029 households in April 2002. The survey findings are based on data from the 622 survey respondents who are homeowners. Significance testing of survey results is done to the 95% confidence level.

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Automation and Control Solutions is a US$8 billion global specialist in providing product and service solutions to create efficient, safe, and comfortable environments and help business and industry improve productivity and profitability.

It comprises four businesses: Industry Solutions; Service; Security and Fire; and Control Products. ACS offers heating, ventilation, humidification and air-conditioning equipment controls, security and fire alarm systems, home automation systems, energy-efficient lighting controls, and building management systems and services.

It also provides automation systems, advanced software solutions, and value-added services used in a variety of industries. ACS is also a global supplier of sensors, switches, and control products for industrial applications. For more information about ACS Service, access

Honeywell is a US$24-billion diversified technology and manufacturing specialist, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; power generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics; and electronic and advanced materials.

Honeywell employs approximately 115,000 people in 95 countries and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol HON, as well as on the London, Chicago and Pacific stock exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Additional information on the company is available on the Internet at

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