Evaporative Cooling System
It’s not a secret that artificial turf surfaces can heat up. Shawgrass has created a way to cool down synthetic lawns through an innovative development called HydroChill®.
HydroChill® is created to be an evaporative cooling technology, which means that it functions very much like the human body sweating, taking advantage of moisture to cool the complete turf system. On its own, the product is a completely safe, odorless, gelatinous, antimicrobial substance that mixes easily into water and is agitated and sprayed inside the infill.
When hydrated, it will hold moisture and release slowly, leading to the surface evenly cooling; the hotter the surface, the cooler it gets. Shaw Research and Development has screened many types of cooling systems and found this to outdo the rest. It is long-lasting, cost-effective, easy to apply, and ecologically friendly.
How It Works
HydroChill® is a patented technology that has been designed and tested through years of research both in a laboratory and in real-world settings. HydroChill® is applied to the sand infill as a precoat. It activates when introduced to moisture and can produce considerable cooling for days, depending upon Denver weather.
Moisture that is stored in HydroChill® is slowly released through evaporative cooling as the artificial turf surface is heated by the sun. Evaporative cooling is the same kind of thermoregulation a body cools itself with through sweating. The evaporating moisture gets rid of heat, leaving a cooler, more comfortable surface for pets and families.
The ambient temperature does not necessarily dictate the temperature of the surface. The solar radiation time period, sun’s angle, cloud cover, wind, and other elements all add to surface temperature.
HydroChill® grants maximum benefit while the sun is directly overhead, as shown in the solar radiation calendar. During the summertime, the sun is overhead, so surfaces absorb more energy, bringing about hotter temperatures as a result. During the hottest months of the year when relief is needed most, HydroChill® performs at its best.
A typical lawn with a wet surface can cause some cooling effect, but temperatures can rise fast and may exceed uncomfortable levels of heat. A HydroChill® lawn has been shown to produce a great temperature difference in real-life applications. Even though results will vary as a result of geographic location and local conditions, HydroChill® has achieved 30°–50°F lower surface temperatures compared with a standard artificial grass surface.
Keep your family comfortable and cool with HydroChill®
- HydroChill® makes use of moisture to provide a cooling effect. Rainfall, dew, and irrigation will help maintain a cool lawn for days, depending on local conditions.
- HydroChill® can be incorporated into most Shawgrass infilled lawn systems.
- HydroChill® does not affect the toughness or warranty of Shawgrass products.
- HydroChill® is UV-resistant and should be retreated every other year for maximum effectiveness.