SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On average, people take more than 21,600 breaths a day, yet two-thirds of the American population 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.
"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 and Biological 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 asthma."
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 quality.
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 at www.Facebook.com/HoneywellPluggedIn.
To view the complete AirGenius Awards list of the air quality rankings of 100 U.S. areas, visit www.Facebook.com/AirGeniusAwards. For more information on Honeywell air purifiers, visit www.HoneywellCleanAir.com.
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.
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 National omnibus survey conducted by the makers of Honeywell air purifiers and Lindberg International, September 2011.