I have a chocolate Labrador and in the summer it can be difficult for him to find relief from the relentless heat of the summer. I have now discovered a way to alleviate the heat stress for both him and I, a product that can reduce the body temperature by up to 7 degrees Centigrade and will last for approximately 4-6 hours.
This Polar Phase Change Material (PCM) cool mat is an advanced innovative product. Phase Change Material was originally used by the medical and aerospace industries. I had never heard of Phase Change material and did some research to understand what this product actually is.
It is used for both cooling and heating products. My research found that many different industries use PCM including the construction industry, as a way of keeping heat inside buildings, possibly reducing energy costs while safeguarding the planet.
The Polar PCM cool mat is filled with non-toxic ice crystals which are crystallized and in a solid state below 27 degrees centigrade.
As the temperature of the ice crystals rises and reaches 33 degrees centigrade the formation of the ice crystals change into a liquid state.
The science behind this phase change material is actually quite simple, the solid to liquid exchange takes place because of what are called “sensible heat storage materials” their temperature raises as they absorb the heat.
What makes this product more effective than some of the other gel cool mats on the market, is that when the PCM reach their melting point they absorb the heat at a constant temperature and then continue to absorb the heat until all of the material has become liquid. This is how this product can keep you cooler for longer
There is no need for a freezer as with other gel mats.
This cool mat recharges itself when you remove the heat source i.e. you or your pet.
I used this product last summer for my Labrador when travelling in the car from Sunderland to Essex, a 5 hour journey on one of the hottest days of the year; I have to say he did seem to benefit from its use.
During hot weather I have used this cool mat at night to help me sleep when it’s been hot and I think this cool mat would be effective for any heat related problem such as hot flushes or night sweats caused by the menopause.