Synthetic grass can get dangerously hot, whether you live in a location that stays warm all year or only in the summer months. It might possibly be one of the major flaws of a synthetic surface. When a artificial turf surface is exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time, it can get warm and take some time to cool off. But due to considerable research and testing, Southwest Greens has the answer — Hydrochill.
WHAT IS HYDROCHILL?
Hydrochill is a groundbreaking technology that’s added to the turf's infill that utilizes the energy of evaporative cooling. Hydrochill works like how sweat cools you. As the synthetic turf is heated by the sun (solar radiation), moisture that’s already there 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 outside does not totally rule surface temperatures. Over time, the sun’s angle, solar radiation (sunlight), wind, cloud cloud cover, and several other factors contribute to surface temperature. Hydrochill utilizes humidity to give a cooling effect. This moisture comes from rainfall, dew, or irrigation to keep an artificial turf surface cool for days, depending on local weather. It offers its biggest benefit throughout the hottest part of the day.
Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple examination, Hydrochill has attained 30 - 50 degrees cooler surface temps than conventional turf systems. Additional testing was executed by a FLIR-Certified Thermographer using the most modern camera images and tech. Forward-Looking Infrared readings show just how much cooler the surface is with Hydrochill, pictured below.
This innovative technology comes in two types — as an applied spray and as a pre-coated sand infill. Both are just as effective at cooling the surface. Hydrochill will naturally hold moisture and can be activated through irrigation systems or a simple spray from your garden hose. It is non-toxic and doesn’t have negative environmental effects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
REDUCES HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
The CDC says heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be extremely unsafe. Heat exhaustion is the body’s reaction to extreme loss of water and salt — usually while sweating. Heat stroke is even more unsafe, which takes place when the human body is unable to control its temperature, which causes the sweating systems to collapse. A synthetic turf cooling system helps to lessen these conditions by decreasing the surface temps.
While it’s not a very hot and sunny day, synthetic grass temps can get quite warm enough to be uncomfortable. Hydrochill will work continuously to maintain your artificial yard at a lower temperature if you reside in a climate that has history of frequent downpour. If you live in a low humidity environment, a swift wash every couple of days will keep it operating properly. It will be furthermore comfy for both children and puppy feet.
If you’re investigating Hydrochill for a sports field, it’s one of the greatest investments you can make. heat and humidity could create difficulties for players by elevating their body temp too high and resulting in dehydration. When artificial grass is cooled through an advanced system like Hydrochill, athletes will perform better by positively influencing their stamina.
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Ready to find out more regarding synthetic turf or adding Hydrochill to your artificial turf? Contact us today for a hassle-free consultation. We’re happy to oblige.