LIFEFORM ThermaGuard™ (Temperature Regulating Technology) is a coating consisting of water-based polymers and Phase Change Materials (PCM). This coating can be applied to foams or fabrics for the purpose of regulating temperature. There are no health and safety concerns using this product as it is water-based and it does not impact flammability.
Phase Change Material (PCM) is a substance with a high heat of fusion which, by melting and solidifying at certain temperatures is capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy. PCM’s either absorb or release heat when the material changes from solid to liquid and vice versa. PCM’s are classified as latent heat storage (LHS) units. When a PCM is cold, it releases a large amount of energy at a relatively constant temperature. Conversely, when energy is applied, it absorbs a large amount of heat from the environment. Think of the PCM as a jelly bean – a hard outer shell with a soft inside. The soft inside absorbs and releases heat as conditions change, for temperature control.
ThermaGuard™ will last throughout the lifetime of the manufactured product. The seating surfaces’ energy management properties remain day after day, allowing you to work comfortably throughout the day.
ThermaGuard™ can be applied while retaining a surface that is very “breathable” or permeable to air and moisture, which contributes to efficient heat convection and the natural cooling mechanisms of the body.
Initially, ThermaGuard™ will give you a cool feel as there has been little to no energy absorbed into the material. As you sit on the surface longer, the effect becomes more neutral as the material and body temperature continues to interact. As you change positions the microcells within the coating regenerate themselves, further contributing to the thermal regulation effect.
ThermaGuard™ is more effective than gel. Gel does absolutely nothing except create a non-breathable barrier that builds up heat, and perspiration. This creates discomfort during the day causing the consumer to be hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. Gel seals off all the foam’s pores and allows for NO airflow at all. NO wicking value. Thermal mass of the Gel is cool at first but will become a HEAT SYNC after a period of time. Gel makes the foam’s natural pressure relief characteristics non-existent as it doesn’t “give” like foam. When applied to foam it acts as a trampoline and pushes back on the body – doesn’t allow for envelopment. Think about this….you’re sitting on a rubber surface. The application of ThermaGuard™ still allows the foam to be breathable while creating an initial cooling effect that becomes a temperature neutralization story for a better day’s comfort. Gel is, and always has been just a marketing story. ThermaGuard™ works!
ThermaGuard™ WORKS by utilizing multiple Phase Change Materials (PCM’s) that activate at a variety of temperatures, and water-based polymers that have temperature regulating characteristics. ThermaGuard™ is designed to offer both an immediate and long-lasting impact that will bring value to your customers. The energy absorption capabilities of our PCM’s are unmatched in the marketplace. This results in a coating that has a real and quantifiable effect over the life of your products. It’s not just marketing hype.
The goal of ThermaGuard™ is long-term temperature regulation. Other PCM products offer an immediate cooling effect, but that effect dissipates quickly. ThermaGuard™ delivers immediate, ongoing, measurable, and noticeable results. As body heat comes in contact with ThermaGuard™ the PCM’s begin absorbing and releasing energy based on their specific melting points. As the PCM’s absorb heat, a cooling effect is created. As the heat source is removed, the heat energy is released. This leads to a decrease in temperature fluctuations, creating a more soothing and comfortable experience.