Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier
At 12" tall and 12" wide, the Santa Fe Compact2 can fit where no other dehumidifier can. Innovative features such
as integrated vertical or horizontal exhaust outlets offer flexibility even in exceptionally tight spaces, while
the optional condensate pump, hang kit, and duct kit facilitate installation in the most challenging applications.
No conventional dehumidifier can perform as efficiently and effectively in crawlspaces as the Santa Fe Compact2.
What I like about the Santa Fe Compact
Water Removal - The Santa Fe Compact2 is AHAM rated (80° F @ 60% RH) to remove 70 pints of water per day. This is right in line
with most crawlspace dehumidifiers. For spaces of about 1600 sq. ft. or smaller, the 190 CFM blower can cycle through the air in your basement or crawlspace and
remove the excess moisture that often leads to odors, mold and pests. Unless you have a structural problem with excess moisture (like a leaking pipe, improper
drainage of the area around your house, etc.), the Compact 2 can help remove odors, control pests and reduce or eliminate the growth of mold in your basement or
Durable Construction - The body and frame of the Compact2 is all steel, and while this does add some additional weight, it also
adds a great deal of durability. It can withstand harsh conditions, from heat to cold without warping or cracking. Unlike the plastic housing of many dehumidifiers,
steel won't crack or break. This model also comes standard with a MERV 8 air filter and a washable prefilter (rinse and air dry). Not only does this work to filter particles out of the air in your
crawlspace or basement but this also helps to keep debris like dust and dirt from collecting around the coils and motor, preventing premature failure or
strain on the blower. If you want better filtration of even smaller particles, as small as 1 micron, opt for the MERV 11 Annual Filter Kit as an upgade.
Energy Star Qualified - You can find crawlspace dehumidifiers with a smaller initial cost, but you will be very hard pressed to find
one that will cost so little to operate. The Compact2 actually surpasses Energy Star guidelines and removes more water per kilowatt, five pints of water
removed per kilowatt, than nearly all comparable
brands and models. Those are savings that add up! So while you might pay a couple hundred more up front for the Santa Fe Compact2, it'll end up saving you hundreds
over the years of solid, reliable use that it provides.
Lightweight & Compact - With an ultra slim 12" x 12" body, the Santa Fe Compact is built for tight spaces. It easily fits between
standard floor joists and has such a short stature that even low crawlspaces are not a problem. The overall weight of this crawlspace dehumidifier could be lighter,
but that would likely mean scrapping the steel frame and body. So while there's a small sacrifice in terms of weight, what you gain is rugged durability.
Adaptability - The exhaust on this model can be modified to exit via the back of the machine or through the top. This gives you some
flexibility if you were looking at a through-the-wall installation. The included 8' section of hose is generally enough for most people to port the drain line to
the exterior of the crawlspace or a floor drain in the basement. Additionally, there are a wide variety of add-ons for this model. If you're looking to be able to
move this model, say for use in a basement, go for the optional caster kit. Gravity not working with you in draining the condensate? There's a condensate pump
kit that comes with a bracket to mount the pump to the side of the dehumidifier. Those are just a few of the more useful accessories but there are also mounting
and ducting kits as well as other add-ons that help to make the Santa Fe Compact versatile and highly adaptable for whatever situation you throw at it.
Made in the USA - The reality is the United States just doesn't produce many products at home anymore. Manufacturing of
most of our home appliances often takes place overseas, and while prices of these products haven't decreased much, quality sure has. As an
authorized reseller, we're proud to offer brands that are made right here in the U.S., and all Santa Fe dehumidifiers have this distinction. Since 1977, Therma-Stor,
the parent company of the Santa Fe brand, has been designing and manufacturing heat transfer appliances and dehumidifiers. And unlike cheaper brands,
Santa Fe dehumidifiers are only sold and distributed through select retailers.
Warranty - Lastly, the 5 year warranty surpasses that offered by most other dehumidifier manufacturers. The "bumper-to-bumper" is also longer than most industrial or
large dehumidifiers. While the industry standard is only one year, Santa Fe dehumidifiers offer two.
What I did not like about the Santa Fe Compact
There is one thing worth noting, and this is going to hold true for all Santa Fe dehumidifiers. The low temperature rating on these models might
seem high compared to other dehumidifier models. Most manufacturers list 40° as the low end of the effective, operating temperature range. While this is
technically true, refrigerant-based dehumidifiers lose a lot of efficiency around the 50° F mark. So, what you'll find listed with Santa Fe dehumidifier
specs is the lowest effective temperature, not the lowest operating temperature.
Aside from cost, there are not many negatives about the Santa Fe Compact 2. It would be nice to have an integrated condensate pump, but for
many people this won't be necessary (though pump with mounting bracket is optional). Digital controls might also be nice, but
for most of us they are overkill, considering this is something that
will likely be installed and not often thought of or checked on unless something goes awry.
Overall, the Santa Fe Compact 2 dehumidifier is an ideal solution for controlling moisture in crawlspaces and basements. There are few on the market
that perform as well as this model, and even fewer brands that can boast steel construction, exceed Energy Star certification, and are made right here
in the U.S.A. Additional features like an automatic restart, MERV 8 air filter, and generous warranty all make this Santa Fe crawlspace dehumidifier a best buy for