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Santa Fe Compact2 Dehumidifier ShippingFor crawlspaces and basements, few things can cause as many problems as excess moisture. From mold and mildew to insects and allergens, excess moisture can cause problems throughout the home, but one of the best things you can do to prevent these things is install a crawlspace or basement dehumidifier. The Santa Fe Compact The Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier is Made in the USA & Is Energy Star Compliantdehumidifier is an ideal solution for drying your crawlspace or basement. With durable steel construction, a lightweight, compact profile, and superior water removal capacity, the Santa Fe Compact2 crawlspace dehumidifier removes excess moisture in even the tightest of spaces.

The Compact 2 is also highly customizable. From dual exhaust outlets to optional casters and condensate pumps, this dehumidifier can be ported, hung, or ducted just about anywhere! Additional features like auto-restart (after power outage), Energy Star, and MERV 8 air filtration not only ensure your Santa Fe Compact keeps running without costing you a bundle but also helps improve overall air quality in your home. If value in a robust, American-made dehumidifier is what you want, look no further than the Santa Fe Compact2!

Santa Fe Compact Basement Package

Santa Fe Compact Basement PackageThe Santa Fe Compact dehumidifier is light enough to be hung or even wall mounted and small enough to fit between standard floor joists. Still, there may be times when there is no drain nearby or when mounting the unit simply isn't an option. For instances like these, we have the Compact2 Basement Package. This kit provides the tools needed to keep your basement or crawlspace dry even when you need to drain the water up to 20' away. An included, bolt-on condensate pump is powerful enough to push water horizontally and even lift it vertically out of the space you're drying, and because this is a pump custom made for the Compact, it actually attaches to the unit. In addition to the dehumidifier and the pump, we've also included and AcuRite humidity gauge. More robust than our standard humidity gauge, this handy device features a wireless remote sensor to provide you a digital readout of indoor & outdoor humidity and temperature readings as well as other useful information. So when the layout of your space or gravity is working against you, best the situation with the Compact2 Basement Package!

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Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier Product Features

  • The Santa Fe Compact Basement Dehumidifier is Covered by a 5 Year WarrantyRemoves 70 pints per day, AHAM (@ 60% RH, 80° F)
  • Exceeds Energy Star efficiency requirements!
  • Easy to Use simply run the drain line, plug it in, and set the humidity level
  • Powerful 150 CFM Fan
  • Auto Defrost
  • Fan/Blower can be set to continuous (to constantly cycle the air in your space) or to Auto (kicks on only when dehumidifying)
  • Quiet Operation considering the amount of air that is moving. Quiet compressor due to well-built, steel construction
  • FREE Mini Humidity Gauge with Each Santa Fe Compact 2 Dehumidifier Purchase2 Stage Air Filtration, Includes a MERV 8 Air Filter that can trap particles as small as 1 micron, and a washable, coarse dust prefilter for superior air filtration of particles as small as 3 microns and larger
  • Auto Restart Feature will automatically restart at the original setting after a power outage
  • Impressive 5 Year/2 Year Warranty (Refrigeration System/Parts & Labor)
  • Free Humidity Gauge (Mail-In-Rebate)
  • Made in the USA

Humidity Control Settings

Adjusting the Humidity Level on Your Santa Fe Compact 2 DehumidifierThe humidity control is adjusted by a dial that turns the dehumidifier on and off. The compressor turns on when the relative humidity (RH) rises to the dial set point then shuts off when the RH is within ±5% of the set point. When installing, I recommend using a hygrometer to get a reading on your current RH. Then, after installing the dehumidifier, checking the RH and adjusting until you get it to a set point that provides exactly what you need.
Approximate Humidity Levels Per Setting
  • "Drier" 35% to 45% Relative Humidity
  • "Normal" 45% to 55% Relative Humidity (Recommended for most applications)
  • "Humid" 55% to 65% Relative Humidity

Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier ReviewsProduct Reviews and Questions

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  Does the job well
Reviewed by: Michael S from Silver Spring, MD

I'm using this humidifier in my encapsulated 1600 square foot crawl space. I also purchased the hang kit which made it very easy to mount to my floor joists. After turning the unit on, the humidity steadily declined and then maintained at 45%. I have the humidity level set just past the midway point on the dial. Now that I'm in steady state, the unit doesn't have to run very often and it seems to be able to maintain the humidity level very efficiently. Overall seems like a great product so far
  crawl space dehumidifier
Reviewed by: John from Kentucky

I write very few reviews but for this product I am making an exception. For my needs this is the best money I have spent on my house. The basement package is the way to go but also spend the extra money and get the hang kit. It will allow you to place the unit up and out of the way keeping it off the ground and leaving you with usable space beneath it. Plus adding the advantage of changing filters and making it much easier to level. I have waited till my first electric bill to see the difference from last year and the best I can tell there is no change. But the best part is the change under my house, I have gone from a average humidity of 63% to 47% and holding only after two days. As a added bonus the temperature went from 55 to an average of 67 degrees and having no musky smell. I have approx.1300sq.ft.under the house with almost seven feet of head space. This unit handled it with no issues. The basement pkg. comes with a humidity gauge and a remote so you can see what the temp. and humidity is inside and under the house making it very convenient.
  Worth The Money
Reviewed by: Gary L.  from Philly

This dehumidifier is not some Home Depot piece of junk. Yes it's expensive but it works extremely well. It solved my moisture and humidity problem plus it eliminated all the spiders living in the crawlspace. Directly above I had a new hardwood floor installed. By eliminating the moisture problem this protected the expensive hardwood from warping. This product is built like a tank and only requires filter changes. It's truly set it and forget it requiring no further maintenance. Backed by a solid warranty don't hesitate to buy this.

Customer Q & A

Q1: I live in the southern U.S. I have a walk out basement with a separate crawl space across the front of the basement, the undergrads side. I have currently sealed and insulated my crawl space. I want to use the Santa Fe dehumidifier. Should I duct the discharge. Air outside in the summer?

A: If you're not worried about it being a little warmer in that crawlspace, no. If you duct it outdoors, it will create a pressure differential where air will want to continue to leak into the crawlspace to replace the air that is being ducted outside of the space. Truthfully, if you were going to duct it, you should duct it the other way where you're essentially adding air into the space buy pulling moist outdoor air inside, drying it then releasing it into the crawlspace. This creates a pressure differential where the dry air is constantly pushing outwards, think of a bubble, working against moist air trying to leak in. As it stands, you can place the unit without any ducting at all and likely have fine results. It will recirculate the air in the space, but since it is a closed environment, once it reaches your humidity set point, barring some big changes in climate or flooding, it should have an easier time maintaining your desired humidity level. It's typically easier to maintain a level than get there to begin with, and barring nothing extreme or out of the ordinary, the closed environment shouldn't be too difficult to maintain. Hope that helps. sorry if a bit redundant

Q2: I have a low crawl space under my CBS house that a smaller person can crawl in....the space has a dirt floor and blocks with holes in them or dirt in some areas for 'ventilation'. How would this product be set up in my circumstances?

A: You will likely be fighting and uphill battle here. Those systems are designed to allow for air flow through the system. Unlike more traditional crawlspaces, a dehumidifier is likely not going to be as effective in a more sealed space. What will happen is the unit would dry the air in the space, but moisture and air seeks equilibrium. So more moist outside air will move into the space, trying to equalize the humidity levels inside and outside the space. As you dry inside, moist air will continue to be drawn in. I'm not too terribly familiar with the CBS system, but what I described is likely to happen. You probably have a few options. You could increase the air circulation in that space fan or air mover. You may consider sealing the space up then installing a dehumidifier. If the space was sealed up some, you could install a dehumidifier like the Compact, run the drain line to the exterior of the space if there is no grade, you may have to elevate the unit with brick/blocks and use a condensate pump with it and it would help keep the space drier. The better sealed it is, the better this unit will perform. The former should be much less expensive but ultimately less helpful than the latter in terms of keeping the space drier. You may want to call a local, certified contractor that deals in crawlspaces and dehumidifiers. I wouldn't like go so far as to have someone come out, but try to find one willing to discuss what your options are for that space keeping in mind that most will likely want to steer you towards a solution they can help you with. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but I hope that helps put you on the right path.

Q3: If you have a problem with the unit, who do you contact for repairs in Kentucky?

A: You'll want to contact Therma-Stor parent of the Santa Fe brand directly for this. 1-800-533-7533, EXT 8459. I believe they do most of the servicing, but they may have someone local who can take care of it for you.

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Santa Fe Compact 2 Dehumidifier Reviews
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 crawlspace.

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 your home.

Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier Technical Specifications

Recommended For: Crawlspace / Basement
Model Number: 4033600
Coverage: 1800 Sq. Ft.
Water Removal: 70 pts. per day @ 60% RH, 80° F
Power Supply: 115v, 5.1 Amps (9ft. long power cord)
Energy Factor: 5.0 Pints/kWh (2.4 L/kWh)
CFM Rating: 150
Noise: 63 dBa
Auto Defrost: Yes
Auto Restart: Yes
Effective Operating Range: From 49° F - 95° F (will operate as low as 41° F)
Air Filter(2): Two (9" x 11" x 1" MERV 8 AND Washable Prefilter)
Drain: 3/4 Inch Threaded NPT (8' Drain Hose Included)
Casters: Optional
Condensate Pump: Optional
Dimensions: 12" W x 12" H x 21" L
Weight: 55 lbs.
Warranty: 5 Year on Sealed System (Condenser, Compressor & Evaporator), 2 Year Parts and Labor

Additional Resources

Santa Fe Compact2 Dehumidifier Specifications Sheet    Santa Fe Compact 2 Specifications Sheet
Santa Fe Compact2 Dehumidifier Owner's Manual      Santa Fe Compact 2 Owner's Manual
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