Artificial grass can get hot, whether you live in a climate that stays scorching year-round or only during the summer. It may possibly be one of the greatest drawbacks of an artificial surface. When a artificial grass surface is exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time, it can get warm and take a little while to get cool. But thanks to a lot of research and testing, Southwest Greens has the answer — Hydrochill.
WHAT IS HYDROCHILL?
Hydrochill is a groundbreaking technology that is added to the turf's infill that uses the power of evaporative cooling. Evaporative cooling works similarly to how sweating cools you. As the artificial turf is heated by the sun (solar radiation), moisture that is stored in the surface treated with Hydrochill evaporates to remove the heat and leave a cooler, more pleasant surface.
HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?
Ambient heat outdoors does not entirely rule surface temperatures. Eventually, solar radiation (sunlight), the sun’s angle, wind, cloud cloud cover, and several other factors influence the surface temperature. Hydrochill uses humidity to provide a cooling effect. This moisture comes from irrigation, dew, or rainfall to keep a synthetic grass surface chill for days, based on local weather. It offers its greatest benefit in the hottest part of the day.
Based on both lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple data, Hydrochill has attained 30 - 50 degrees cooler surface temps than standard turf systems. More testing was carried out by a FLIR-Certified Thermographer using the most sophisticated camera images and technology. Forward-Looking Infrared readings indicate just how much Hydrichill cools the surface, diagram below.
This advanced engineering comes in two forms — as spray and as a pre-coated sand infill. Both are similarly efficient at cooling the surface. Hydrochill will naturally hold moisture and can be activated from watering systems or an easy spray from a garden hose. It’s non-toxic and does not have detrimental environmental effects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
DECREASES HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
According to the CDC, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be highly unsafe. Heat exhaustion is the human body’s reaction to an excessive loss of water and salt — typically through sweating. Heat stroke is even more hazardous, which occurs when the human body is unable to control its temperature, causing sweating systems to break down. A turf cooling system can help to decrease these illnesses by diminishing the surface temps.
Even if it’s not a swelteringly hot and sunny day, artificial turf temps can still get hot enough to feel uncomfortable. Hydrochill will work continuously to maintain your synthetic yard at a lower temp if you live in a weather system that goes through regular downpour. If you reside in a dry environment, a quick rinse every few days will ensure it is operating properly. It will be furthermore ease for both children and pet’s feet.
If you are considering Hydrochill for an athletics field, it is one of the most important investments you can make. Humidity and heat can create trouble for athletes by increasing their body temp dangerously high and leading to dehydration. When synthetic turf is cooled using an advanced technology such as Hydrochill, athletes will perform better by positively affecting their stamina.
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