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Jandy Hi-E2 Pool Heater Review
The Jandy Hi-E2 (sometimes known as the Zodiac Hi-E2) pool heater is an excellent product that has been described as “the best pool heater money can buy”. It is certainly impressive but it must be said that it has a price to match. It is a 350k BTU/hr gas heater for either natural gas or propane.
The most striking thing in the specifications for the Hi-E2 is its incredible energy efficiency rating of 95%, which is way ahead of any other gas heater. This makes it significantly cheaper to run. It is also low NOx so it meets all environmental standards for NOx emissions.
The Jandy Hi-E2 is ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) certified which means it can be used in commercial as well as residential applications (commercial includes pools in condominium and apartment buildings). Normally ASME versions of a pool heater are more expensive but here you are getting a product designed to stand up to more rigorous commercial use.
In fact the second major feature of the Jandy Hi-E2 is that it is specifically designed for low maintenance and long life.
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Unique Forced-Air system which enables the heater to operate in extreme weather conditions are in difficult locations.
The combustion system does not require modification to operate at high levels. The efficiency is maintained but the heating capacity is reduced by about 3% per 1000 feet above sea level.
Heavy duty construction and high tech composite materials make the heater corrosion resistant, durable and dependable.
Self cleaning ignition, automatic venting and high velocity heat exchanger mean hassle free operation and reliability.
Dual thermostat means the heater can work with a pool and a spa.
The Jandy Hi-E2 is a commercial quality heater which is now available for residential use. It is built to last and should be still working years after its competitors have needed replacement. Its energy efficiency is remarkable so there will be a significant saving on gas (30% according to Jandy). However the cost to purchase the Jandy Hi-E2 is more like that of a commercial pool heater and, whilst it is an excellent product, you have to balance the long term savings against the up-front cost.
There are many suppliers of this model but at the time of writing (February 2012) the cheapest we could find was a Residential version (none ASME certified) from Pool Supply World. They also have the standard ASME version and a version for use with salt water which are also the lowest priced we could find. They also offer free shipping.