Evaporative Cooling System
It’s no secret synthetic turf surfaces can heat up. Shawgrass has created a way to cool synthetic lawns through a created development called HydroChill®.
HydroChill® is created to be an evaporative cooling technology, which means that it works a lot like the human body sweating, taking advantage of moisture to cool down the whole turf system. The product itself is a completely safe, odorless, gelatinous, antimicrobial substance that mixes in water and is sprayed and agitated in the infill.
When hydrated, it will hold moisture and slowly release, resulting in an evenly cooled surface; the warmer it is, the cooler the surface becomes. Shaw Research and Development has assessed many types of cooling systems and found this to outdo other systems. Not only is it easy to apply, but it is also long-lasting, cost-effective, and ecologically friendly.
How It Works
HydroChill® is a patented technology that has been designed and assessed over many years of research in both a laboratory and in real-world environments. HydroChill® is applied to the sand infill as a precoat. It activates when it is hydrated and depending on Sarasota weather, can produce significant cooling for days.
As the artificial turf surface is heated by the sun, moisture kept in HydroChill® is slowly released through evaporative cooling. Evaporative cooling is also the kind of thermoregulation that a body uses to cool itself by sweating. As the moisture evaporates it takes away heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface for pets and families.
The temperature outside does not necessarily dictate the temperature of the surface. The sun’s angle, cloud cover, wind, solar radiation time period, and other elements all factor into the surface temperature.
HydroChill® grants its max benefit when the sun is directly overhead, as shown in the solar radiation calendar. During the summertime, the sun is overhead in the sky, causing surfaces to absorb more energy, bringing about hotter temperatures as a result. During the hottest months of the year when relief is needed, HydroChill® performs at its best.
A standard lawn that’s wet will cause a little cooling effect, but temperatures can increase quickly to uncomfortable levels of heat. A HydroChill® lawn has been shown to create a significant temperature difference in environmental applications. Even though results can vary because of geographic location and local conditions, HydroChill® has achieved 30°–50°F lower surface temperatures compared with an ordinary synthetic lawn surface.
Keep the whole family cool with HydroChill®
- HydroChill® makes use of moisture to create a cooling effect. Rainfall, dew, and irrigation could help maintain a cool lawn for days, depending on local conditions.
- HydroChill® can be incorporated into many Shawgrass infilled lawn systems.
- HydroChill® will not affect the toughness or warranty of Shawgrass products.
- HydroChill® is UV-resistant and should be retreated every other year for maximum effectiveness.