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Infrared Saunas ? Up Close And Personal

Infrared saunas, as opposed to its conventional counterparts, never get that much of a fair shake in Relaxationville as far as recognition is concerned. This is kind of ironic, especially in an age when it is more than ok to let a breakthrough technology shine. But they exist, happy in the thought that the world will eventually know to embrace the new cool ? or hot, for that matter.

What is an Infrared Sauna?

Unlike traditional saunas that uses air or steam, infrared saunas don?t heat the body indirectly. The human body absorbs heat better by being directly exposed to it through the infrared radiant heat that its infrared heaters emit.

Do Infrared Saunas Have any Health Benefits?

Yes. Studies show that infrared saunas have a very promising effect in reducing the pain caused by conditions such as rheumatism and ankylosing spondylitis. It also supports detoxification by getting rid of toxic substances in the body as it gets flushed out in the sweat during an infrared sauna session and keeping the skin healthy through deep-cleansing it to remove dust and dirt that it has accumulated overtime. Another health benefit of using infrared saunas would be regarding your metabolism and cardiovascuklar conditions. Since infrared saunas detoxify the body, it aids in your metabolism as well as improving blood quality.

Is Having an Infrared Sauna at Home Practical?

Yes, definitely. This is because an infrared sauna consumes less space compared to the conventional steam type. What?s more is that it can be installed in a jiffy and has less installation hazard than the conventional sauna, not to mention that installation is cheaper due to its ready-to-install feature.

Where Can I Purchase an Infrared Sauna?

There are lots of online sites that you can buy from. Some of them even offer delivery within US or Canada free of charge.

Prepping Your Lawn Mower For The Summer

Your lawnmower is an investment that will keep your lawn turning heads???as long as you take care of the engine. Proper lawnmower care is crucial to for smooth performance. The changing seasons require certain precautions to properly store the lawn mower while it is not in use. Here are six steps you should take to protect your lawn mower throughout the year:

1. Check the Battery
Recharge the battery throughout the off-season starting the engine from time to time or simply attach the battery to a charger.

2. Check the Fuel
All engines can be damaged by old or deteriorated fuel. In as little as just one month, gasoline can deteriorate damage your lawnmower’s small engine by clogging the carburetor, thus preventing the engine from starting properly. The keep your lawnmower’s engine clean, add a fuel stabilizer each time you fill the tank.

3. Check the Oil
Just like automotive engines, small engines must undergo regular oil changes. Oil lubricates the engine during use, which prevents premature damage. Before starting the lawn mower in the spring, give it an oil change. This is especially important if you did not change the oil before storing it for the winter.

4. Lubricate Moving Parts
The engine is not the only part of your lawn mower that requires proper lubrication. It is a good idea to keep all moving parts, including the wheels and cables, adequately lubricated with oil or grease. If you still have the owner’s manual, check it for details on properly lubricating moving parts.

5. Replace Spark Plugs and Filters
Replacing spark plugs and air filters before the first spring use is an inexpensive way to properly maintain and protect your lawn mower. Do this every year to extend the life of your mower. Replace paper filters, and thoroughly wash and air dry foam filters. Don’t forget to change the fuel filter as well.

6. Check the Blades
Every spring, you should have your lawnmower’s blades sharpened. Dull blades could damage your lawn and will cause the lawn mower to be less fuel-efficient. A damaged lawn and inefficient mower will also make you work much harder than you need to. It is a good idea to sharpen the lawn mower blades at lease once a month during the peak season.

7. Clean the Deck
A dirty deck can cause your mower to work harder than it should and to burn more fuel. It can also damage your lawn. Cleaning the deck is relatively simple and should be done after each use. Simply turn the mower onto its side, carefully positioning it so that motor oil does not leak into the fuel system. Then scrape or hose off lawn clippings from the deck of the mower. If possible, spray silicone lubricant onto the deck to reduce build up during use. Make sure the mower is completely off before cleaning the deck to avoid injury.

Behind every pristine lawn is careful lawnmower maintenance. In addition to better mower performance, lawnmower maintenance saves money, as a well-lubricated, clean machine is more energy efficient and requires less fuel. As long as you follow these simple tips when preparing your lawn mower for the spring and summer, you should enjoy a good working mower for many years to come.

~Ben Anton, 2009