Artificial grass can get dangerously hot, whether you live in an area that stays warm all year long or only in the summer months. It might possibly be one of the biggest drawbacks of an artificial surface. When a artificial grass surface is exposed to sunlight for long periods of time, it can get scorching and take some time to get cool. But due to considerable research and testing, Southwest Greens has the answer — Hydrochill.
WHAT IS HYDROCHILL?
Hydrochill is an advanced technology that is added to your turf's infill that utilizes the energy of evaporative cooling. Hydrochill works similarly to how sweating 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 eliminate the warmth and leave a cooler, more comfortable surface.
HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?
Ambient heat outside does not wholly control surface temperatures. Eventually, sunlight (solar radiation), the angle of the sun, wind, cloud cloud cover, and many other components impacts the surface temperature. Hydrochill employs humidity to provide a cooling effect. This moisture comes from irrigation, dew, or rainfall to keep a synthetic turf surface cool for days, based on the weather. It offers its greatest advantages during the hottest time of the day.
Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple data, Hydrochill has reached 30 - 50 degrees lower surface temperatures than standard turf systems. More tests were carried out by a FLIR-Certified Thermographer employing the most advanced camera images and tech. Forward-Looking Infrared readings indicate just how much more cooling is provided by Hydrochill, depicted below.
This advanced technology comes in two types — as spray and as a pre-coated sand infill. Both are similarly effective at cooling the surface. Hydrochill will naturally retain moisture and is activated by irrigation systems or a straightforward spray from your garden hose. It is non-toxic and does not have detrimental environmental effects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
REDUCES HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
The CDC says heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be very bad. Heat exhaustion is the human body’s answer to an excessive loss of water and salt — generally while sweating. Heat stroke is even more unsafe, which occurs when the body cannot maintain its internal temperature, causing sweating mechanisms to collapse. A turf cooling system helps to decrease these ailments by reducing the surface temperature.
While it’s not a very hot and sunny day, synthetic turf temperatures can still get warm enough to feel uncomfortable. Hydrochill will work constantly to maintain your synthetic yard at a lower temp if you live in a climate that goes through regular rain. If you live in a low humidity weather system, a quick rinse every now and then will ensure it is working properly. It will be furthermore comfy for both children and puppy feet.
If you are investigating Hydrochill for a sports field, it is one of the greatest investments you can make. Humidity and heat could create problems for players by raising their body temp dangerously high and resulting in dehydration. When artificial grass is cooled utilizing an innovative technology such as Hydrochill, players will play better by positively impacting their stamina.
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Are you ready to find out more regarding synthetic turf or adding Hydrochill to your artificial turf? Contact us right now for a hassle-free consultation. We’re here to help.