Artificial turf can get dangerously hot, whether you live in an area that stays scorching year-round or only in the summer months. It may possibly be one of the biggest drawbacks of an artificial surface. When a artificial turf surface is exposed to sunlight for extended 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 the turf's infill that uses the science of evaporative cooling. This process works in the same way as how sweating cools you. As the artificial grass is heated by the sun (solar radiation), moisture that is present in the surface treated with Hydrochill is released to remove the warmth and leave a cooler, more comfortable surface.
HOW DOES IT REALLY WORK?
Ambient heat outside does not wholly rule surface temperatures. Eventually, solar radiation (sunlight), the sun’s angle, cloud coverage, wind, and many other elements influence the surface temperature. Hydrochill employs humidity to offer a cooling effect. This moisture comes from rainfall, dew, or irrigation to maintain an artificial turf surface chill for days, depending on local weather. It offers its greatest benefit throughout the hottest time of the day.
Based on actual lab and outdoor lawn thermocouple examination, Hydrochill has attained 30 - 50 degrees lower surface temperatures compared to conventional turf systems. Furthermore testing was carried out by a FLIR-Certified Thermographer using the most sophisticated camera images and tech. Forward-Looking Infrared readings indicate just how much cooler the surface is with Hydrochill, diagram below.
This advanced technology comes in two forms — as spray and as a pre-coated sand infill. Both are equally effective at cooling the surface. Hydrochill naturally holds moisture and can be activated through watering systems or a simple spray from your garden hose. It is non-toxic and doesn’t have detrimental environmental effects.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
REDUCES HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES
According to the CDC, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be very bad. Heat exhaustion is the body’s answer to an excessive loss of water and salt — usually while sweating. Heat stroke is even more dangerous, which takes place when the human body is unable to maintain its temperature, causing sweating systems to fail. A synthetic turf cooling system can help to reduce these conditions by decreasing the surface temperature.
While it’s not a swelteringly hot and sunny day, synthetic turf temperatures can still get hot enough to feel unease. Hydrochill will operate continuously to keep your synthetic yard at a lower temp if you reside in a weather system that experiences regular downpour. If you reside in a dry weather system, a quick wash every now and then will make sure it is working properly. It will be much more comfortable for both children and pet’s feet.
If you are investigating Hydrochill for an athletics field, it’s one of the most important investments you can make. Humidity and heat could produce trouble for players by increasing their body temp too high and leading to dehydration. When artificial turf is cooled utilizing a high tech technology like Hydrochill, athletes will perform better by positively affecting their stamina.
Are you ready to discover more regarding artificial grass or adding Hydrochill to your artificial turf? Contact us right now for a free consultation. We’re happy to help.