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(Family Features) The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way people spend time in their homes. From work to working out, more out-of-the-house activities have moved to the home.

In fact, according to the 2021 American Time Use Survey, 38% of employed people did some or all of their work from home. That means better indoor air quality at home is as important as ever.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor air quality. With the average person taking about 22,000 breaths per day, installing smarter indoor air quality technology is key to healthier living year-round.

Improving your home’s air quality begins with recognizing what contributes to poor indoor air quality, the potentially harmful effects and how to address these problems.

Off-gassing
Off-gassing from construction materials, carpeting, adhesives and synthetic materials, as well as solvents from common household cleaners, can accumulate in even well-constructed homes. Continuous ventilation solutions can help reduce the harmful effects of off-gassing, such as headaches, nausea and irritation in your eyes, nose and throat.

Simple smart ventilation fans and good ventilation can help control off-gassing in your home. Other options for reducing the impact of off-gassing include shopping for products designed for low or no volatile organic compound emission and adding houseplants that naturally help filter and purify the air, though houseplants only offer a small amount of help.

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Moisture
Moisture that is not properly ventilated can cause mildew and mold formation, which can potentially lead to structural problems and health issues. For most homes, the optimal humidity balance is 40-60%, but those levels can be hard to maintain in high-humidity spaces like bathrooms.

Antimicrobial light technology combined with powerful ventilation offers effective protection against bacteria, mold and fungi growth in your home. An option like the Broan SurfaceShield LED Exhaust Fan kills viruses and prevents mold, bacteria and fungi growth on surfaces in your bathroom or other humidity-prone environments. Featuring two lighting modes, an everyday white light perfect for task lighting and a continuous antimicrobial mode, the cover is also designed to stay cleaner longer with less louvers in which dust and dirt can get trapped.

Cooking effluents
Cooking effluents from food preparation can infiltrate the whole house in minutes. Grease, oils and aromas settle permanently into carpet, furniture, clothing and other surfaces. Kitchen ventilation solutions can help eliminate cooking effluents for a cleaner, more comfortable and healthier environment.

For example, the Broan Elite 21-Inch Custom Range Hood Power Pack offers a custom appearance while protecting cabinetry with stainless steel liners. Bright LED lighting enhances your cooking experience while the four-speed, back-lit, soft touch control and WiFi connectivity enabling voice control makes operating the hood easy. Automatic infrared sensing allows your range hood to adjust the speed of your fan based on your cooking style.

Pollutants
Stemming from sources like space heaters, gas stoves, woodstoves, indoor furnaces, dryers and fireplaces, combustion pollutants are gases or particles that come from burning materials. Examples include carbon monoxide – causing headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue – and nitrogen dioxide – causing eye, nose and throat irritation; impaired lung function; and increased respiratory infections.

When possible use appliances that vent to the outside, ventilate rooms where fuel-burning appliances are in use and ensure these appliances are properly installed, used, adjusted and maintained.

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Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.

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Leading Livestream Shopping Retailer QVC Collaborates with Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth on Home Décor Line

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The Exclusive BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling Launches on all QVC Apps Beginning January 26

WEST CHESTER, Pa. /PRNewswire/ — QVC®, the premier home décor retailer and leader in video commerce and multiplatform shopping, today exclusively launches The BFF Collection by Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling. Created with an approach of ‘where style meets function,’ the collection features curated home décor items meant to take the work out of home decorating and help beautify and transform homes. Exclusive to QVC, Jennie and Tori’s home collection is now available for purchase on QVC.com, with Jennie and Tori making their live on-air debut on QVC January 26 at 8 p.m. EST and on all QVC digital streaming platforms. QVC is part of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP).

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“QVC specializes in effortless yet sophisticated home accents and décor, all at affordable prices. The BFF Collection with Jennie and Tori is an excellent addition to our roster of expert and celebrity brands in the home category,” said Karl Schroeder, VP and GMM of Home Merchandising, QVC. “QVC’s powerful live video commerce platform is the perfect place for Jennie and Tori to share the story behind their passion for home décor and how they worked with our in-house Design, Development, and Global Sourcing team to create these exclusive pieces.”

Best known for starring in the iconic TV show “Beverly Hills 90210,” Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling bring you The BFF Collection. Their elevated designs are both functional and stylish and will liven up any room in your home, making the collection luxurious yet accessible.

With a Beverly Hills-inspired energy and color palette, The BFF Collection presents a fresh spin on home décor and textiles. The debut collection will feature 11 home décor finds, including functional entertainment carts, storage ottomans, everyday trunks, apothecary jars, etched glass canisters, illuminated hurricanes, decorative pillows and throw blankets. Textiles featured throughout the product line include geode, marble and acrylic accents. The collection will range in price from $49 to $242.

“Our 35-year friendship was our inspiration for most of the pieces in the collection. During the design process with QVC, we reflected on all our joyful and happy memories together and designed pieces that we would want to use in our own homes,” said Jennie Garth. Tori Spelling added, “collaborating with QVC allowed Jennie and I to share the stories behind our creation of each piece. We cannot wait for the world to see how much love was poured into this collection – we are so proud and excited for it to come to life.”

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For more information, visit QVC.com and search “The BFF Collection.” Get social with Tori and Jennie @torispelling and @jenniegarth to learn more about their long-storied friendship and journey to creating The BFF Collection, exclusively for QVC.

About QVC 

QVC® is a world leader in video commerce (“vCommerce”), which includes video-driven shopping across linear TV, ecommerce sites, digital streaming and social platforms.  QVC empowers shoppers with knowledge and shares insights in a lively and engaging way.  QVC offers an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products – from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry – and connects shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories and award-winning customer service.  Based in West Chester, Pa., and founded in 1986, QVC has retail operations in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan and Italy.  Worldwide, QVC reaches more than 200 million homes via 12 TV channels, which are widely available on cable/satellite TV, free over-the-air TV, and digital livestreaming TV.  The retailer also reaches millions of customers via its QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience, websites, mobile apps and social pages.  To learn more, visit corporate.qvc.com, follow @QVC on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow QVC on PinterestYouTube or LinkedIn.   

Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB, QRTEP) is a Fortune 500 company that includes the Qurate Retail GroupSM portfolio of brands as well as other minority interests and green energy investments.  Qurate Retail Group is the largest player in vCommerce and comprises seven leading retail brands – QVC, HSN®, Zulily®, Ballard Designs®, Frontgate®, Garnet Hill® and Grandin Road® – all dedicated to providing a more human way to shop. For more information, visit qurateretailgroup.com, follow @QurateRetailGrp on FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.  QVC and Q are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

SOURCE QVC, Inc.

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New iOS and Android App Promises to Alleviate Boredom and Difficult Decision Making

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Woman-owned “ThingstoDuo” allows users to search for activities and make decisions with a coin toss.

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (Newswire.com) – Now available on iOS and Android, ThingstoDuo provides users the opportunity to browse for things to do or sort by categories ranging from “Family Fun” to “Night Life” in a simple and streamlined interface. Not only does ThingstoDuo provide users a simplified way of exploring and socializing in their local community, but it also aids in decision making – allowing users to add two or more selections to an animated coin toss that randomly chooses between.

New iOS and Android App
ThingstoDuo
“Top Things to Do” search category in the ThingstoDuo mobile app.

“The idea is to get people to spend more time actually doing things rather than planning them,” said Kilane Garrett, founder of ThingstoDuo. If users find themselves particularly fond of a location they have visited or want to save it for later, they are able to save the location as a “Favorite” under their user profile, which also allows for profile customization with a section for a profile photo and bio.

Businesses have the option of promoting exclusive discounts to users on the app, however, paid promotions are limited “in order to provide businesses with adequate screen time.”

About ThingstoDuo
Founded in September 2022, iOS and Android app ThingstoDuo allows users to search or sort by category, learn about local businesses, receive exclusive discounts, and make decisions with the flip of a coin. ThingstoDuo aims to make sure you spend less time making plans and more time doing them.

If you would like more information on ThingstoDuo or would like to download the app, please visit thingstoduo.com

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Blue Compass RV Kicks Off Nationwide Rebrand Redesign With Blue Compass RV Tampa

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Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Blue Compass RV, one of the nation’s largest providers of sales, service, and protection products to the recreational vehicle market, celebrates their recent rebrand by beginning a series of store transitions throughout 2023, kicking off with rebrand of Blue Compass RV Tampa (previously RV One Superstores Tampa).

Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Executive Team Cuts the Ribbon at Blue Compass RV Tampa
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos
Blue Compass RV Tampa marks the first step in a rollout of renovations for all locations across the US to now feature unified branding and logos

After rebranding the company in late 2022, Blue Compass RV will begin the outfitting and rebranding of its impressive portfolio of over 100 dealerships across the country. With the goal of having each dealership included seamlessly under the Blue Compass RV umbrella, each store location will receive both an interior and exterior upgrade to boast the new name and logo of Blue Compass RV.

“We are on the heels of our rebrand announcement and cannot wait to begin showcasing the unified Blue Compass RV brand to our consumers,” says Blue Compass RV Founder, CEO and President, Jon Ferrando. “We are excited to kick off our rollout of nationwide rebrands in 2023 with the rebranding of our flagship store in the Tampa market here in our company’s home state of Florida at the same time of the Florida RV Supershow one the largest RV shows of the year.”

Blue Compass RV Tampa, one of the top performing dealerships in the country has won numerous awards as the top selling Jayco motorized dealers year after year. The ribbon cutting event unveiling the new Blue Compass RV store branding took place on January 17 at the Blue Compass RV Tampa store.

The updated branding consists of a blue-hued logo, featuring a sun-drenched landscape of mountains accessible by a road of possibilities – best seen through a vehicle purchased at a Blue Compass RV location. Rolling out to over 100 stores throughout 2023, RV customers will be treated to an elevated store experience that directly reflects the Blue Compass RV brand.

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To learn more about Blue Compass RV, please visit: https://www.bluecompassrv.com

Blue Compass RV

Blue Compass RV is a leading recreational vehicle retail company in the United States with a focus on providing an outstanding experience for recreational vehicle customers in new and used sales, service and parts, and customer financial services. RV Retailer has over 100 RV stores in 33 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Regional store brands include: RV One Superstores, Motor Home Specialist, ExploreUSA, Floyd’s RV, Harper’s Camperland, Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel, Cousins RV, Camper Clinic, RV Outlet USA, Lifestyle RVs, Family RV Group, Northgate RV, Tom’s Camperland and Blue Dog RV, which sell a wide range of new and used RV brands with thousands of RVs in inventory.

Blue Compass RV has a great management team led by founder Jon Ferrando, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President. Jon Ferrando was instrumental in building America’s largest automotive retailer from start-up to over $20 billion in revenue. Blue Compass RV’s leadership team has over 250 years of automotive and RV retail industry experience.

SOURCE Blue Compass RV

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