Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier
A wet basement can be a serious problem in your home. Not only does it encourage mold and mildew growth but also creates the perfect
environment for insects. These are two really good reasons to keep your basement or crawlspace dry, and one of the most popular ways to
accomplish this and maintain a dry basement is with the Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier. Designed specifically for basements, let's breakdown
the strengths and weaknesses of this dehumidifier.
What I like about the Santa Fe Classic
Capacity - The AHAM rating for the Santa Fe Classic is 110 pints. So in very warm, humid conditions (80° with
60% RH), the Classic is right in line with most large basement dehumidifiers. The capacity is higher than some of your more traditional models that
people use in basements, like Danby, Kenmore, etc., and this is largely due to a stronger blower with a higher CFM. At 275 CFM, the
Classic can cycle through over 16,500 cubic feet of air per hour. So, in a basement with an eight foot ceiling you're talking about the ability to cycle through
ALL the air in a space that is 45 ft. x 45 ft. That's a big basement!
Energy Star Rated - Not only does the Classic dry large spaces, but it does so with less expense than comparable basement
dehumidifiers. Unlike others, the Santa Fe Classic exceeds Energy Star standards. Per kilowatt, this model can extract over six pints of water. Though the
initial cost of the Classic is going to be higher than other models, you tend to make that up on your monthly power bill in short order. Compared to
some basement dehumidifiers this is going translate into HALF as much of a monthly increase in your electric bill.
Durable - You won't find any plastic with the Santa Fe Classic basement dehumidifier. The vast majority of this unit is
steel, including the exterior housing and internal structure. This does add some weight, but the upside is a model that's built to last.
Filtration - In a crawlspace, air filtration isn't quite as important as in a basement, and most filters used in dehumidifiers
tend to only trap the larger particles that can clog up the motor/blower and coils. The Classic provides some of the best air filtration of any dehumidifier
available, not only keeping the air clean for the blower but, more importantly, for you as well! First, there is a washable, large particle prefilter
to trap visible particles like hair and dust bunnies. Next, there is a MERV 11 pleated filter. This filter traps particles as small as one micron.
For your basement this means additional air filtration beyond what your normal furnace filter would provide.
Additional Features & Add-Ons - Auto Restart and Auto Defrost are both features that help to keep the Santa Fe Classic
running even when conditions aren't the best. The included casters are one feature that make the Classic uniquely suited for basements. In addition to these
built-in features, the Classic is built to be customized. From ducting and mounting kits to condensate pump kits, the Classic is made adaptable to your specific
American Made - Each Santa Fe dehumidifier is crafted in Wisconsin, which makes this brand one of the few that
is actually built here in the U.S.
What I did not like about the Santa Fe Classic
With nearly all Santa Fe dehumidifiers, there's simply no getting around initial cost. However, Santa Fe dehumidifiers are much like Miele vacuums in this
regard. You may pay a little more up front, but in the long run you save. With the Santa Fe Classic you save not only because this basement dehumidifier
is well built and will likely last you many, many years, but you save over comparable models with regard to how much you'll pay to operate it. The power usage is
lower and more efficient than most comparable models and a savings of $15-$25 per month on your electric bill can add up fast.
The other drawback with this model is the weight. It's a hefty machine for sure! The lack of plastic and emphasis on durable steel construction do contribute
to it weighing more. The included casters do provide some added mobility that is lacking with other basement humidifiers, and overall size is similar to
most other basement dehumidifier models.
The Santa Fe Classic basement dehumidifier is easily one of the top three most popular models offered. It's well built, durable, extremely efficient, and can
make a dramatic difference to the overall health of your home. By lowering humidity the Classic can stop mold and drive insects out of your basement while
reducing mildew odors and actually improving indoor air quality. One other thing to keep in mind, the warranty for Santa Fe dehumidifiers has improved. Each model is
now covered by a two year parts and labor warranty as well as the five year warranty of the refrigerant. That's an extra year longer than nearly any other model
available. While the cost can be higher than other models, power consumption is less, and you can take some
pride in owning one of the few home appliances that is still made right here in the U.S. If a wet basement is your problem, the Santa Fe Classic dehumidifier is
the solution you're looking for!