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Wood pellets, solution against heatwave?

The summer season is coming soon! We all look forward to beautiful sunny days. But the other side of the coin… summer is also the period of heatwaves. In addition to being unpleasant, this extreme heat is dangerous for our health.

In fact, it can cause severe dehydration, sunstroke as well as respiratory and cardiovascular problems. There is even a risk of death for vulnerable individuals such as the elderly, children or people with chronic illnesses.

The use of air conditioning and ventilation systems is therefore essential during this period. But today, we are going to tell you about an original and improbable solution against heat waves, which has nevertheless proven itself in France for several years: wood pellets.

Wood pellets, solution against heatwave?

Made from wood shavings or sawdust, pellets are classified among the most ecological heating sources of the time. But apparently their usefulness is not limited to that.

Indeed, replacing concrete with granules in a courtyard makes it possible to create an island of freshness. This is capable of lowering the outside temperature by around 5 to 10°C during a heatwave.

This method has been applied in certain schools in Villeurbanne, France, since 2018. Moreover, 3 or 4 schools in the city continue to be renovated each year to adapt to this solution.

Is it possible to adopt this solution at home?

You can absolutely apply this solution at home and therefore replace your concrete yard with wood pellets, making sure to remove the coating carefully. To do this, simply transport the pellets to your home.

At DLM Industry Solutions, we specialize in the design of blower trucks or blowing systems adapted to all types of use for the distribution of pellets.

Furthermore, it is strongly recommended to create a green space around your house to optimize the effectiveness of the method. 

What other precautions should you take to survive a heatwave?

Certainly, wood pellets represent an interesting and effective solution against heat waves, but the method has its limits, particularly during days when the temperature is at its peak. It is therefore essential to take extra precautions to survive this period of extreme heat:

  • Install curtains, blinds or even shutters to prevent the sun's rays from entering your home.
  • Make sure your building has good thermal insulation. It would also be wise to check it now.
  • Use an air conditioning system to maintain a cool and pleasant temperature in your home, office or even car.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat properly.
  • As much as possible, avoid outdoor activities, especially during peak heat hours.

Finally, we invite you to contact us if you wish to obtain additional information on our activity and our products.