for the most efficient crawlspace dehumidifier on the market, one that is effective and durable? By exceeding the minimum Energy Star standards by
50%, the Santa Fe Impact XT dehumidifier is the MOST energy efficient residential dehumidifier on the market. You simply will not find a residential
crawlspace dehumidifier that removes more moisture while using less power, on the market today. But in addition to this, the Impact XT also comes
with many of the standard features that make Santa Fe crawlspace and basement dehumidifiers a top choice for homeowners and contractors. Features like
auto defrost and automatic restart (after a power outage), as well as MERV 11 air filtration and steel construction, all work to make the Santa Fe Impact
a practical, longterm solution to a wet crawlspace or basement. The Impact XT dehumidifier can also be equipped with a variety of add-ons and accessories,
which makes it the perfect model for less-than-ideal installs. So if you're looking for a truly "green" dehumidifier that keeps your basement or crawlspace dry,
of mold and pests, with minimal impact on your monthly power bill, then look no further than the Santa Fe Impact XT dehumidifier!
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Santa Fe Impact Dehumidifier
As with other appliances, when you purchase a crawlspace or basement dehumidifier, you expect it to last you many years, and this
is one reason why you always see those yellow energy rating tags on most major home appliances. Something that seems inexpensive when you buy it can end up costing you a small
fortune in operating costs over its lifespan. Because dehumidifiers do tend to consume a good bit of power, choosing an energy
efficient one is even more important, and this is where the Santa Fe Impact dehumidifier can... er... make an impact. All puns aside, the Impact XT
dehumidifier boasts the most energy efficient operation of any residential dehumidifier available today. While this point might not seem
big and flashy, when you consider owning a dehumidifier for 10+ years, cutting your annual operating expense by $100-$200 can add up in a hurry. So how does the
Santa Fe Impact XT dehumidifier compare to other models? Let's take a look and find out.
What I like about the Santa Fe Impact XT
Most Efficient Crawlspace Dehumidifier - The core benefit of Santa Fe Impact over ALL other residential crawlspace dehumidifiers is
energy efficiency. With their Energy Star ratings, Santa Fe dehumidifiers generally have a step up over many comparable models, but the Santa Fe Impact goes beyond even this. The Impact
will draw out a full 1.5 pints more than the highly rated Santa Fe MAX DRY. So your total moisture removal per kilowatt of power used is 8.8 pints. That's OVER one full gallon of humidity
removed for every kilowatt of power used. That type of efficiency is unmatched in the industry, and most importantly, this type of efficiency can make a dramatic difference in your
monthly power bill. The Impact could literally be as little as half the cost to operate a comparable model without this type of efficiency. The Santa Fe Impact XT dehumidifier
exceeds Energy Star minimum requirements by 50%, better than any other residential crawlspace dehumidifier available today.
Moisture Removal - The Impact is rated at AHAM standards (60% RH, 80° F) to remove 105 pints of water per day. This will vary
depending on the specific conditions in which you are using your Santa Fe dehumidifier, but for spaces up to 2500 sq. ft. this is more than powerful enough to drive your relative humidity
down into the healthier 30-50% range. Under hot, humid summer conditions it's reasonable to see the Impact actually exceed the stated AHAM rating, while during the cooler winter and
fall months, you'll see total moisture extracted dip as the relative humidity often likewise does.
Durable Construction - Like other Santa Fe models, the body and frame of this dehumidifier are steel. It won't crack or become brittle with time,
and handles the extremes of the elements better than plastics. Even the air filter is bigger than most comparable models. Instead of the standard 1" thick filter, the Impact comes with a
16x20 by 2" thick, MERV 11 filter. Unlike a traditional HVAC filter, you can actually vacuum off this filter a few times throughout the year before needing to replace it. Replacement times
vary but expect to replace the filter every 6-12 months.
Additional Features - The Impact XT has some of the additional features that are standard within the Santa Fe dehumidifier line. If you
have a power failure, the XT will resume operation as soon as power is restored (saving you a trip to your crawlspace). When the coils of this model begin to freeze, the fan will
run while the condenser shuts off, allowing the warm air generated by the motor to defrost the coils before they ice over and stop your dehumidifier from working. Other features include
quiet operation, adjustable feet (to properly level the unit), and 8' of included drain hose. This model also has an "Auto" or "On" feature for the fan. If poor circulation is a problem in the
space you're drying, set it to "On" and the fan will continuously circulate air, even when the compressor is off. Plus, the fan itself doesn't use much power at all. Should you need a
condensate pump, you can purchase the pump kit that will mount it directly to unit or use any aftermarket condensate pump. You can also duct the XT out of its dual exhausts or attach casters (separate purchases).
Warranty - As with most dehumidifiers, there are not a lot of moving parts, but the core of most dehumidifiers is the refrigerant/cooling
system. With Santa Fe dehumidifiers, this is covered by a full five year warranty. What puts the Santa Fe Impact XT a cut above the competition, though, is the full
two year parts and labor warranty. Regardless of whether you pay $600 or $2000 for other crawlspace dehumidifiers, they all only offer a single year of parts and labor coverage. Santa
Fe protects your investment, longer than the rest.
What I did not like about the Santa Fe Impact XT
It's heavy! Weighing in at 140lbs. it can be a load to wrestle into a small crawlspace. If you have a traditional 3-4' high crawlspace, getting the XT in is likely a two or
three person job. Like all of the Santa Fe models, I wish the condensate pump was standard, but for many people, it's not even necessary. And lastly, while the cost might be
higher than comparable models, especially foreign-made imports, the amount you save on the robust energy efficiency rating of the XT means it will more than pay for itself in savings
of the course of its lifespan.
Overall, the Santa Fe Impact XT is one of my favorite models in their line. It has all the great features that make Santa Fe the popular choice for keeping your home dry and free of mold
and insects while costing you a lot less to do so. It is extremely effective and durable with a few drawbacks. While the cost might be a bit on the high side of your budget, for the coverage,
water removal capacity and efficiency, it is hard to beat this crawlspace dehumidifier.