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What Is Infrared Heat?

The feeling of the sun on your face, the heat given off from the burning logs in your fireplace, the warmth you feel from your friend or partner as you give them a hug.  These are examples of infrared heat.  Infrared heat is radiating heat.  It does not heat the air, which does not hold heat very well.  Instead, infrared heat heats objects, which then radiate that heat back, keeping the surrounding environment warm.

How Does Infrared Heating Work?

Infrared heating has been the favored way of heating for thousands of years, starting back when fire was first discovered.  Cavemen used fire, ancient Greeks and Romans used fire, Pilgrims used fire.  Even today, with all of the advancements in technology, many people still enjoy a good wood burning fire on a cold winter day.  Infrared waves travel through the air, and as soon as they touch an object, heat energy is released, exciting the molecules within the object.  The molecules begin to vibrate and warm up.

All types of objects – inanimate, living, even you – both give off and absorb infrared heat.  However, whether the object is giving off heat or absorbing depends on the difference between the temperature of the environment and the objects themselves.  Feeling warm really has nothing to do with the temperature of the air.  Really, it has to do with the absorption of infrared rays or preventing yourself from losing your radiating heat to colder objects around you.  For instance, if you are in a room with a fire burning, you will absorb the heat from the fire and warm up.  On the other hand, if you are in a space where other objects around you are cold, you will radiate heat and warm them up, which will then cause you to feel cold.

Types of Infrared Heat

Infrared heating covers the entire spectrum of radiating heat, which is quite a wide spectrum.  It has been broken down into three categories.  The first is called near infrared, or shortwave.  While the body has developed mechanisms to avoid it, it does have its purposes.  It can be used for inspection (solar cells, electronic boards, produce), surveillance, paint and ink-drying, and so much more.

Medium, or middlewave, infrared is not as strong as shortwave.  They are better absorbed by the skin, although still not suitable for use as a heater, at least for home use.  Instead, they are much better suited as industrial heaters and dryers.

Finally, there is far, or longwave infrared.  This type of infrared heating is easily absorbed by the skin.  As such, far infrared heating is often used in heating homes, or other forms of comfort heating.  It is even often used by hospitals in incubators to keep newborn infants warm.

Fannon Infrared produces a variety of medium and shortwave infrared lamps, specifically designed for your ink and web drying needs.  Our infrared lamps dry faster than conventional dryers, and cost less to achieve the same results.  And, Fannon Infrared products are durable, easy to maintain and designed to last.  Whether you know exactly what you need, or are searching for the perfect equipment to suit your needs, Fannon Infrared has it all.  Contact us today to get started.