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Tips to Clean Barbecue Grill: How to Get Ready For The Season

Spring is here and it’s almost time to enjoy fun and lazy weekends with family and friends in your backyard, barbecuing for your loved ones. But are you ready with all your barbecue equipment and grill? If not, it’s time to get them out this weekend and clean them up before you invite friends over.

Here are few steps to help you get your barbecue grill ready for the season:

Clean the burner and tubes.
Make sure the propane tank is turned off. Remove the briquettes and cooking grates, and carefully detach the gas tubes and burner. Clean the tubes with warm, soapy water and towel dry. Wipe the burner clean with a damp cloth. Towel dry the gas ports on the burner.

Wash the grill.
First, cover the gas valves with aluminum foil to protect the connections from corrosion. Wash the grill’s interior and exterior surfaces with a long-handled stiff-wire grill brush and warm, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry, then reattach the gas tubes and burners.

Clean the cooking grates.
Cool the grill after burning off the grease. Remove the briquettes and cooking grates and scrub the grates with a long-handled stiff-wire grill brush and warm, soapy water. Towel dry, then replace, along with the briquettes.

Stock fuel levels.
Check and replenish your propane or natural gas supply as necessary. Corroding and rusted tanks should be recycled.
And with these easy steps, you are ready for this season’s fun barbecue outings with family and friends.

If your barbecue has gone old and rusty, contact Canadian Home Leisure for great offers & solutions to meet your barbecue needs. Call us at (855) 430-9965, (905) 430-9965 or write to info@canadianhomeleisure.ca.

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Patio Decor Ideas For The Spring

Warm days and breezy evenings are great times for relaxing with family and friends. Here are some ideas to create an inviting space for grilling, dining and entertaining family & friends.

– Add patio umbrellas to shade guests from the sun’s excesses. Coordinate them with your furniture and cushions or use them to add bold splashes of color. Finish with colorful outdoor pillows. Your guests will appreciate the comfort and look.

– Whether you want to relax around cool drinks or serve a meal, a bistro set gives your deck or patio the air of an outdoor cafe.

– Grilling doesn’t just mean burgers or steaks. Cook like a 5-star chef all season long with the latest innovations in grills.

– To shelter a large conversation or dining area, add a gazebo. These structures provide a feeling of closeness to guests while letting breezes in.

– Enjoy outdoors with friends and family without bothering about how harsh is the sun or how heavy is it raining outside, by simply adding awnings in your patio.

Canadian Home Leisure is privately owned and operated, and has been serving Durham Region and the surrounding area for over 28 years. Our specially trained staff is extremely knowledgeable about our products and services, and we take pride in offering the most outstanding customer service in the industry. Contact us today on our toll-free number: 1-855-430-9965 and we will help you set up your patio this spring.

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How to De-Stress With a Hot Tub

 

Stress can come in all shapes and sizes, and for most of us, the options of dealing with our stress comes in the form of unhealthy choices; drinking, smoking, eating, and so on. How can we address our stress without bringing any of the questionable forms of relaxation into the mix? A hot tub will do the trick and you can reap the benefits of de-stressing in a hot tub by using it just a few times a week for 15-20 minutes.

The medical communities have addressed the issue of everyday stress and the harm it can do if it is not taken seriously and dealt with. It is widely recommended for a portion of the day, if it were to be spent in a relaxing and/or meditative manner, that the benefits would be amazing to the individual. Just getting into a hot tub can do the work of de-stressing for just about anyone and the great relief in being able to let go of some of the everyday stress is priceless.

What makes the idea of de-stressing with a hot tub and not just some quiet time is that when you sit in a hot tub, your blood is able to move more freely in your expanded veins and capillaries and your body is no longer being affected by 100% gravitational pull. The fact that your body is able to have a buoyant affect can take up to 30% of the pressure you carry around all day when you are not in a buoyant state that adds stress to your physical body all the time.

There are hot tubs that come with lounging chairs and are equipped with jets to blow water and air at any of your ailing parts that need the attention. Any number of hot tubs can be specifically and personally equipped to address any areas of your body that are particularly stressed. For some people it is their neck and back. There are hot tubs with just that de-stressing component in stalled; where the jets that are going to do the work on those parts of your body are custom-fit for a specific seat in the hot tub.

No matter where stress takes its toll, a hot tub will help the de-stressing process.

At Canadian Home Leisure, we strive to provide our clients with the best quality hot tub products available in the market today. We are proud to offer top-of-the-line hot tubs from industry leader – Beachcomber Hot Tubs. Get in touch for a great selection of hot tubs, pool tables, bar furniture, and even darts!

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Things To Consider When Buying A Hot Tub

The thought of buying a hot tub is both, exciting and terrifying, at the same time. How tough is the maintenance of owning your own hot tub? What colour should you pick? It may seem to be as difficult as buying a car, but rest assured, it is not that difficult at all, and here are some tips to keep in mind to make the process of buying a hot tub, easier for you.

Size
First decide on the size of the hot tub you’re looking for. How big is the space where the hot tub will be put? How many people do you intend to accommodate with your hot tub? Are you looking for an intimate, two person maximum or are you thinking more along the lines of the Roman baths and the more the merrier? Once you have determined the size you’re interested in, next, move on to the price.

Price
There are hot tubs out there for $4,000 all the way up to $20,000 and everything in between! How much money are you thinking of spending? What can you afford? It’s very easy to get lost in what you think you can afford and what you really can so be extra careful.

Build & Quality
What material should you go with? Tubs today are made from two materials in most cases; wood or fiberglass reinforced plastic. When tubs are made from wood they are usually made from hard woods like, Cedar, Redwood or Teak which are all capable of handling the presence and effects of water well and these are more traditional-looking, if that is what you are looking for. Plastic tubs are lighter, they tend to leak less than their wooden counterparts and more often are able to have more comfortable seating and seating options.

The purchase of a hot tub can seem daunting but in the end, the benefits of your purchase will far outweigh any concerns you may have now. Get educated. Know what you’re looking for BEFORE going into a dealership and don’t get talked into something you can’t afford!

Canadian Home Leisure has been offering exceptional products in the Durham region & surrounding areas for over 28 years. We do all of the research in product sourcing so you don’t have to. Call us to find the best hot tubs at great prices. Or fill our form here and we’ll get in touch with you.

 

 

How to Throw the Best Halloween Party Ever!

How to Throw the Best Halloween Party Ever!

Halloween is just around the corner and this means many Halloween themed parties are on the horizon. Holding a party at your home or at an event hall is a great way to celebrate this fun day with friends and family. So, to ensure your Halloween party is a huge success, keep the following tips in mind!

Have a Genre

We all different styles of what a party is and it’s important to establish early-on, the angle your party will be taking. For instance, some people love the traditional Halloween costumes, while others take a Halloween party as an opportunity to dress up in something stylish. So, make sure to clearly communicate the tone in the invitation to people can prepare accordingly. 

Go Big with Décor

Decorations help to bring your intended theme to life, create the wow factor for your guests and even help promote the event–as people will share it on social media and tell friends and family about it. This aspect is especially important with corporate events, where a successful Halloween party could lead to new clients or partners.

Get the Right Music

 Nothing gets people in the party spirit faster than great music. With any party, music is a crucial part of creating the right atmosphere and much consideration should be put into the tracks on your Halloween party playlist.

When your playlist you’ll want to strike the ideal balance Halloween tunes and regular party tunes that will keep your audience having a good time throughout the entire event. Now, since it’s Halloween, it’s best to get the party started with Halloween classics, like Thriller, off with your head, etc.) and after approximately 30–45 minutes start transitioning into other party music of the non-Halloween variety, to keep the atmosphere lively.

Incorporate Surprises

Take your Halloween planning outside of the box, by incorporating spooky Halloween surprises for your guests. Not only will this add to the fun, but it also goes along with the Halloween theme. For example, you could have people in costumes tasked with jumping out and scaring guests!

Use This Advice to Host the Perfect Outdoor Thanksgiving!

Use This Advice to Host the Perfect Outdoor Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving makes a great occasion for friends and family to slow down the hectic pace of life and gather together to reconnect with one another. If your family normally holds Thanksgiving indoors, taking the festivities outdoors is a great way to capitalize on the good weather and utilize your outdoor space before it truly becomes cold outside.

Have a Back-Up Plan

Should weather conditions take a turn for the worst (heavy rain or the temperature gets too low), it’s a great idea to have indoor space prepared to house your guests. 

Consider Starting Earlier

Higher temperatures allow you to take advantage of more daylight and higher temperatures before the evening comes. For instance, starting Thanksgiving between 1:00 and 3:00 pm gives you plenty of light during your Thanksgiving dinner and your guests will likely be warmer. 

Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space

Entertaining guests outdoors in the fall requires some planning to maximize the appearance of your space and ensure everyone’s comfort. The following are details you’ll want to consider for your event.

  • Look into various ways to keep your outdoor space heated (e.g., fire pits, outdoor fireplaces or patio heaters). Since the temperature begins to drop much earlier in the fall, these additional sources of heat will be necessary. 
  •  Ensure your outdoor space looks its best by removing any dead plants from flower beds, consider adding a rug to your stone patio or artificial lights for the evening hours.  
  • With shorter days comes less lighting, which means some form of artificial lighting should be incorporated into your plans, so you and your guests can enjoy.

 

 

Maximizing Outdoor Living in the Fall

Maximizing Outdoor Living in the Fall

With great weather and long days, enjoying your outdoor living space in the summer is really quite simple; however, as the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder our desire to be outside is still there but a little bit more planning is required to prepare our outdoor spaces for the fall and winter season. Use these tips to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest this fall!

Incorporate Cosy Lighting

In the fall the days begin to get shorter and we lose more and more of the natural light that allows us to enjoy the outdoors well into the evening hours. Although they don’t replace the lighting offered by the sun, artificial lights are great ways to add brightness to your outdoor space, so you can continue to enjoy your evenings outside. 

Opt for Weather-Proof Furnishings

Harsh winds, rain and snow can be harsh on furniture–stripping it of paint and causing certain materials to crack or warp. Choosing furniture created from the durable material will drastically increase their lifespan and allow them to be used year-round.

Take Advantage of Weather Protection

Now, even with weather-proof furniture and great lighting, enjoying your outdoor living space in fall is still difficult if you’re exposed to the elements. To address this, the final topic we’ll discuss is weather protection. Structures such as gazebos, awnings and umbrellas are all effective ways of sheltering you and any guests you may have from bad weather. Depending on factors such as your budget and the size of your backyard, you may opt for just one form or weather protection or multiple. For instance, awnings and umbrellas are great for sheltering you from rain; however, gazebos come in a variety of forms and can provide excellent shelter from winds as well. 

At Canadian Home Leisure, we offer a wide variety of equipment for outdoor living, including umbrellas, awnings, gazebos, outdoor furniture, fire pits and more! For more information on the products we offer and how we can enhance your outdoor living space, click here

Four Things You Should Never Do to Your Hot Tub!

Four Things You Should Never Do to Your Hot Tub!

Hot tubs are great ways to unwind after a long day and with the right care they can be used throughout the entire year; however, poor maintenance can greatly reduce the effectiveness of your home spa. Here are four things you definitely shouldn’t be doing to your hot tub!

Ignoring Water Tests

Water chemistry cannot be overlooked with a hot tub. These tests work to protect your spa’s equipment as well as all bathers in the tub. Consistent water tests help prevent bacteria development and ensure regular chemical levels.

Failing to Perform Basic Maintenance

Maintenance is a must for a safe, sanitary and correctly functioning spa environment. Adding to regular testing and chemically treating your water, rinse the filters, clean the spa cover, wipe the waterline and drain/refill when necessary.

Mistreating Your Hot Tub Cover

Spa covers are essential to hot tub health. They prevent the sun’s rays from promoting algae growth in the pool, stop debris from entering your hot tub and clogging your filter, help maintain the water temperature and much more.

Improper treatment of your hot tub cover will not only shorten its life but also reduce its effectiveness, which means it won’t be able to provide all the benefits listed above. After chemical treatments, wait an hour before putting the cover back on the tub. Never use sharp objects (e.g., a razor blade) to remove dirty or sticky objects, like tree sap, from your hot tub cover. Also, allowing your spa cover to fully dry out once a move goes a long way to reducing hot tub maintenance costs.

Acting Like it’s a Bathtub

It’s important to remember that hot tubs and bathtubs serve different purposes. Your home spa is not the place for soap and suds. Adding such products can lead to costly damages to your spa’s filtration system and cause a foaming issue in the tub. Other products that shouldn’t be added are shampoo, detergent or soap products. It’s also not ideal to enter your hot tub sweaty or dirty, as this compromises your water balance and can impede your filter cartridge from working properly.

 

Is Stress Negatively Impacting Your Health?

Is Stress Negatively Impacting Your Health?

In small amounts, stress is good to keep us focused and motivated to complete the necessary work in our lives; however, in large amounts stress is very unhealthy and comes with a plethora of negative consequences. Stress negatively impacts various aspects of your being such as physical health, mood and behaviour. 

Physical Health

  • Upset stomach
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Fatigue

Mood

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness 
  • Lack of focus or motivation
  • Irritable or angry
  • Sad or depressed

Behaviour

  • Social withdrawal
  • Fits of anger
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Over or undereating

How Hot Tub’s Help Relieve Stress

 

Warm Water Temperatures

A hot tub has water that can be approximately 102 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature. These warm temps have proven to be very efficient in putting the body in a deeply relaxed state. Another aspect of water is its increased buoyancy. Since water helps support approximately 90 percent of the body’s weight, an individual’s muscles can relax and pressure is taken off of joints. All of these factors combine to reduce stress levels throughout the body.  

Massage from Jets

The water pressure delivered through the jets also works to relieve muscle aches and tightness that further aids the relaxation process.

Quiet Space

Not only do hot tubs provide numerous physical benefits, they also provide an opportunity to get away from the noise of life. Whether it’s a backyard deck or a sunroom that has been converted into a space for a home spa, relaxing in a quiet environment, free of distractions is just as important to calm the mind, as the warm waters and jets. 

To capitalize on the de-stressing effects of a hot tub, make sure you get the right one for you. Pick a hot tub with seats you find comfortable and adjustable jets that allow you to change the direction of the water pressure as well as its strength. Just a 10-20 minute soak, daily, goes a long way to reducing stress levels in your life and feeling more at peace.

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs an Awning

Why Your Outdoor Living Space Needs an Awning

It’s probably safe to say most homeowners would love a home feature that improves how they enjoy their outdoor living space, helps them realize cost-savings in their home and adds to the overall aesthetics of the home. If you’re one of these homeowners, awnings are a house feature that you definitely need to explore!

For those unfamiliar with the product, awnings are sheets of canvas attached to a frame and act as a shelter over windows, doorways and decks. Discover all the other ways this product can benefit your home. 

Increasing Home Value

High-quality awnings are not only an attractive addition to a home but also increase the livable space, which raises your home’s equity. Homeowners looking to enjoy outdoor space and weather, without worrying about the sun will gain greatly from having an awning attached to their home.

Allow for Control of Patio Space Environment

Depending on the environment you’re looking to enjoy and the daily forecast, some days you’ll seek the shelter your awning provides, while still having the ability to retract it when you welcome the natural weather.

Reduce Energy Costs

In addition to providing a sheltered space when outside, awnings also minimize the direct solar heat your home absorbs, through windows, in hot weather. This feature can save you up to 23% on your air conditioning bill in warmer weather. Retractable awnings enable further energy savings, as they can be closed in the winter so the sun’s heat helps to heat the home.

Protect Interior Furnishings

When placed over windows, awnings shade your interior furnishings from harsh direct sunlight that causes damage over time.

At Canadian Home Leisure, all our awnings are produced in Canada and engineered to achieve the best possible quality. We carry a variety of awnings, each providing different features. The strength of our products is clear as we offer an awning with a 4 metre projection–the longest projection in Canada.

Beat the Summer Heat with the Ultimate Game Room

Beat the Summer Heat with the Ultimate Game Room

Many of our previous blog posts examine how to maximize your backyard space during the warm months, but what about your indoor space? Although reading a book under a gazebo, enjoying a morning soak in a home spa or laughing with friends you’ve invited over for a barbeque, are all fun ways to spend the summer, there will be days when you want to beat the heat indoors. Does this mean the fun has to end?

At Canadian Home Leisure, we recognize the value a well-planned game room brings your home and want to suggest how to go about realizing yours!

Where Will It Be Located?

Before you start planning out how every inch of your game room will be used, you must first choose a room! Is your basement a free space that can be transformed or maybe you have a spare bedroom or den that can be utilized.

When picking the right space, keep in mind, you’ll likely want your game room away from busier parts of the house (e.g., the kitchen or living room) to help achieve a more relaxed atmosphere for the space.

How Do You Plan to Use the Space?

No two game rooms are exactly the same. You may plan on dedicating your space to poker night with the boys or include other table games like a billiards table or shuffleboard. Maybe your vision for the area goes past table games, to incorporate video games or even a dartboard. Whatever your ideal game room will consist of, it’s crucial you have a clear vision so you can plan accordingly.

Are You Going to Incorporate a Bar?

Having to go up to your kitchen for cold refreshments is a real nuisance. If you have space and the budget allows it, look into incorporating a small bar area into your game room. This section can serve as another section with seating and give all users of the space a place to have drinks and talk.

Create Great Moments with Well-Planned Summer Parties

Create Great Moments with Well-Planned Summer Parties

Life goes pretty fast and if we’re not careful, we can miss it! Making the most of the current moment is so important, which is why we’re helping you catch that moment with great backyard parties! Letting the summer end without spending quality time in the presence of those you care about means missed opportunity. So, use the following practical tips to have fun, engaging summer socials. 

Provide Entertainment for the Kids

It’s important to have suitable entertainment for the crowd that you’ll have. This may mean having various activities to capture the attention of different age groups. If your outdoor gathering only consists of adults you’re likely fine, but if there are children in tow, make sure to set up activities for them as well! In warm weather, consider a slip ‘n slide, blowing bubbles or other fun activities to occupy their time. This also gives you adults the opportunity to enjoy the uninterrupted company of other adults.

Ensure There is Adequate Seating

Let’s look at the following hypothetical situation:

You’re planning to invite approximately 20 people to your outdoor party, but your outdoor seating arrangement seats at most 10, which means a lot of standing people. 

To accommodate your guests, flexibility is essential. Consider utilizing some of your indoor chairs (e.g., dining or family room chairs or stools). For those not keen on having their indoor furniture taken outside, renting chairs is another great way to outfit your backyard with enough seating for your guests). Folding chairs can be rented for as little as $2 apiece. You may also be able to rent coolers, speakers, tableware and even a larger grill–if you feel yours isn’t enough to grill the amount of food required for the number of guests you’ll have. 

Have the Right Lighting for the Occasion

Another factor that goes a long way to creating the perfect atmosphere is lighting. If your party takes place in the afternoon, artificial lighting likely won’t be required; however, as the evening begins to set in, a bit of ambient lighting can be great for the eyes.