AirGenius Awards Identify U.S. Cities with the Cleanest Air

         AirGenius Awards Identify U.S. Cities with the Cleanest Air

Leading environmental health researchers identify areas with the best air
quality; Florida cities top the charts

PR Newswire

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 24, 2012

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --On average, people take
more than 21,600 breaths a day, yet two-thirds of the American population[1]
does not think about the quality of the air they are breathing. The AirGenius
Awards, sponsored by the makers of the new Honeywell AirGenius Air Cleaner,
set out to 'clear the air' by assessing the nation's cities based on specific
criteria related to air quality. So where can you find the cleanest air in
America? In short, the answer is Florida. The awards, evaluated by scientists
at the leading consulting firm Environmental Health & Engineering, highlighted
six Florida metropolitan areas in the top 25, with Palm
Bay/Melbourne/Titusville in first place.

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"Data on pollen counts, particulate matter and ozone concentrations, public
smoking laws, and 'green' city rankings for the 100 most populated U.S. cities
were used in this assessment," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, a senior scientist at
the leading environmental consulting company Environmental Health &
Engineering andBiological Safety Officer at Brigham and Women's Hospital in
Massachusetts. "The results are relevant to city dwellers and homeowners,
particularly the elderly, young children, and individuals with allergies or

Below is a list of the top ten U.S. areas with the cleanest air:

1. Palm Bay/Melbourne/Titusville, Fla.
2. Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Fla.
3. North Port-Bradenton/Sarasota, Fla.
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
5. Tucson, Ariz.
6. Colorado Springs, Colo.
7. Albuquerque, N.M.
8. Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue, Wash.
9. Charleston/North Charleston/Summerville, S.C.
10. Lakeland/Winter Haven, Fla.

Americans curious about their own home air quality can take the Air IQ Quiz,
sponsored by the makers of Honeywell Air Purifiers, on Facebook to find out
their personal indoor air quality score and get tips to improve their home air

As one tool to help combat potential spikes in poor indoor air quality,
homeowners should consider the ongoing use of an air purifier. Find more tips

To view the complete AirGenius Awards list of the air quality rankings of 100
U.S. areas, visit For more information on
Honeywell air purifiers, visit


For each of the top 100 most populated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, an
air quality score was calculated based upon the data collected and weighted by
the expert judgment of environmental health researchers. Once each city was
scored, an overall ranking of air quality was determined. For the air quality
rankings, a ranking of 1 corresponds to the city with the best air quality.
Data sources included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National
Annual Pollen Index Measurement and Reports, the Local Tobacco Control
Ordinance Database, and the U.S. and Canada Green City Index.

About EH&E

EH&E ( has provided an extensive range of environmental
and engineering consulting services for over 20 years. The EH&E team consists
of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing solutions for
issues that affect the environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and
credibility unmatched in the industry.

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[1] National omnibus survey conducted by the makers of Honeywell air purifiers
and Lindberg International, September 2011.


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