Hope it wasn’t too blunt!

I was on the phone…

Actually this is the most misconceived theory out there. Good question…

just finding it confusing between the three.

okay, long version…

conduction: heat transferred from molecule to molecule.

convection:heat transferred through a fluid, air or liquid.

Radiation: heat transferred through a gas (air), no contact or heat medium required.

Wasn’t that long now was it?

just remember that all three types of heat transfer must equal 1.

conduction: .35
convection: .28

Should not be.
Think of closing your eyes on a sunny day with your face aimed at the sun.

When watching the Weatherman he talks about convection currents all the time.

(currents-convection-air streams)

Hmmm… someone think of a good one for conduction.

Walk bare foot across the street in the summer…

Or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

True but trying to think of a good metaphor with conduct.

Ya that’s the def in the courses and that’s were I get confused, where radiated heat is stated, I see it as conduction through contact (molecules) or even convection, as radiated heat should by nature only happen in space.
A fireplace is radiated heat or is it? could it not be convection or even conduction through the molecules of air? When a molecule hits another molecule it creates vibration which in turn creates heat. Is that conduction, convection or radiant?

so is in floor heating radiant or conductive?

and after going back to Davids answer #3 i think, I am answering my own questions.
However I don’t get the =1 thing.

Ok so all three must =1 got it, but how do you get there?(beyond the scope of a home inspection)

It will click when you stop thinking so hard.

YA in the morning after I’ve dreamed about it all night.

Convection is the movement of molecules within fluids (i.e. liquids, gases). Warmer molecules rise; cooled molecules fall in the fluid.

Heat transfer due to emission of electromagnetic waves is known as thermal radiation. Thermal radiation moves through transparent gases, vacuums and outer space.

Now I am confused.
Draw us some easy cartoons with the “Family Guy” cast will you?

so know we have to find out what a transparent gas is?

You can use this FLIR Camera to find gases.

What makes you think is that air is a poor conductor of heat yet HVAC units use it for transfer.

HA HA I just ordered 2 of them…Movin on to offshore oil rig inspection.