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Though paper evaporative cooling pads have been used by poultry producers for decades, plastic pads are a relative new phenomenon. As with any new product, there are a lot of questions.
By far the most common question is whether plastic pads can produce the same level of air cooling as traditional paper pads. In short, the answer is yes. But just because plastic pads are capable of producing the same level of cooling as paper pads, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will.
A study comparing plastic pads to traditional paper pads was begun in the Spring of 2020 on a six-house broiler farm in North Georgia.
No interval timers were used. Incoming air temperatures and RH, measured 18” from the evaporative cooling pads, were recorded every five minutes as were outside temperature and RH. Outside temperatures during the ten-day period ranged from around 90ºF (32.2 ºC) during the day to 70ºF (21.1 ºC) at night. Incoming air temperatures during the warmest times of the day (10 AM – 6 PM) were found to be very similar in all the houses.
Since there was a minimal difference in incoming air temperatures, it was not unexpected to find that the incoming RH for all the houses were…Click here to read more