Synthetic grass can get warm, whether you are located in a location that stays warm all year or only in the summer months. It might debatably be one of the greatest drawbacks of a synthetic surface. When a artificial grass surface is exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods of time, it can get hot and take a while to cool back down. But because of considerable research and testing, Southwest Greens has the answer — Hydrochill.
WHAT IS HYDROCHILL?
Hydrochill is a groundbreaking technology that is added to your turf's infill that uses the energy of evaporative cooling. Evaporative cooling works like how perspiration cools you. As the synthetic grass is warmed up by the sun (solar radiation), moisture that is present in the surface treated with Hydrochill evaporates to remove the warmth and leave a cooler, more comfortable surface.
HOW DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Ambient heat outdoors doesn’t entirely control surface temperatures. Over time, the sun’s angle, solar radiation (sunlight), wind, cloud coverage, and many other components impacts the surface temperature. Hydrochill uses humidity to offer a cooling effect. This moisture comes from dew, irrigation, or rainfall to keep an artificial turf surface chill for days, based on local weather. It provides maximum benefit in the hottest part of the day.
Based on both lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple data, Hydrochill has attained 30 - 50 degrees lower surface temperatures in comparison to standard turf systems. More testing was executed by a FLIR-Certified Thermographer using the most modern camera images and technology. Forward-Looking Infrared readings indicate just how much cooler the surface is with Hydrochill, diagram below.
This groundbreaking engineering comes in two kinds — as a spray application and as a pre-coated sand infill. Both are equally good at cooling the surface. Hydrochill naturally holds moisture and is activated through irrigation systems or an easy spray from a garden hose. It’s non-toxic and doesn’t have adverse environmental effects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
DECREASES HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
The CDC states that heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be extremely unsafe. Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to extreme loss of water and salt — usually while sweating. Heat stroke is even more dangerous, that takes place when the body cannot maintain its temperature, causing sweating systems to fail. A artificial turf cooling system can help to reduce these ailments by decreasing the surface temperature.
While it’s not a very hot and sunny day, synthetic turf temps can still get warm enough to be uncomfortable. Hydrochill will work continuously to maintain your synthetic lawn at a lower temperature if you reside in a climate that goes through recurring rain. If you live in a low humidity environment, a swift rinse every couple of days will keep it working properly. It will be furthermore ease for both children and pet’s feet.
If you’re investigating Hydrochill for an athletics field, it is one of the greatest investments you can make. heat and humidity could create problems for players by increasing their body temperature dangerously high and resulting in dehydration. When artificial turf is cooled using a high tech system such as Hydrochill, athletes will perform better by positively impacting their endurance.
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