Studies show that as much as 50% of the air in your home travels up from your basement or crawl space. This air is often higher in relative humidity than your indoor air and it can carry with it musty odors and symptom-triggering allergens such as mold spores, mildew, bacteria, and dust mites. Moreover, too-damp air in your crawl space or basement can damage your home's infrastructure, flooring, furniture, and electromechanical systems. That's why it is so important to keep these areas dry and clean. The Santa Fe Compact 2 Dehumidifier can help you do just that.
The Santa Fe Compact 2, also known as Santa Fe Model #4033600, is a powerful dehumidifier designed for use in basements and crawl spaces. With a horizontal configuration and a flow-through design, this unit removes excess moisture from the most compact of crawl spaces and the tightest basement areas. The unit removes approximately 70 pints of moisture under the American Home Appliance Manufacturers' (AHAM) industry-standard conditions of 80 degrees F at 60% relative humidity. That's enough to cover medium-sized basements and crawl spaces measuring up to 1,600 sq. ft. This dehumidifier operates in temperatures as low as 56 degrees.
For larger crawlspaces, you may want to consider the Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT Dehumidifier.
The Santa Fe Compact crawl space dehumidifier measures only 21 in. wide by 12 in. high by 12 in. deep. Never before has such a powerful dehumidifier been available in such a small package. This unit allows you to conserve your valuable crawl space and basement space. When available space is particularly tight, the Compact is actually small enough to fit in between floor joists. And with the optional Hang Kit, the unit can even be suspended from above in between floor joists.
Using this unit as a basement dehumidifier is simple. All you have to do is plug in the unit and direct the gravity drain hose to where you would like the collected water to be drained. This may be a nearby drain, through a doorway, or out a window. One optional installation technique involves ducting the unit. Ducting the Santa Fe Compact 2 in your basement allows you to hide the unit away in a storage closet or place it where it is most convenient for you and run ductwork to and from your space. You can also choose to remove moist air from one room and discharge dry air into an alternate room, if desired.
Crawl Space Installation
Crawl space air vents are often not effective enough to control humidity year-round. As you may imagine, when hot moist air enters the crawlspace through a vent, the air will cool and release moisture. Therefore, a sealed crawl space – coupled with a reliable crawl space dehumidifier – is the best way to maintain a dry and healthy environment. A three-step installation process is recommended for total humidity control in your crawl space:
- Seal all outside vents to eliminate outside air and control outside moisture intake.
- Install vapor barriers over any exposed earth.
- Install the Santa Fe Compact dehumidifier to provide complete humidity control to optimum crawl space conditions.
As an additional option, you may also choose to run ductwork to the far ends of a crawl space to force air circulation.
Setting Up A Drain Trap
Santa Fe recommends setting up a drain trap when installing any of its horizontal dehumidifiers, including the Compact 2. This prevents air from moving back up through the hose and backflowing water into the machine. This also prevents potential water leaks from the corners of each unit. It's easy to create a drain trap using the included drain hose or a separate PVC trap. Watch this video on how to create a drain trap for your Santa Fe dehumidifier to learn more.
There are a variety of accessories available that help tailor this unit to fit your specific application. You can choose from ducting kits, hang kits, caster kits, and condensate pump kits to be sure that this unit will fit your installation needs. In addition, an optional remote dehumidistat can also be used with this unit. It functions similar to a thermostat for an air conditioner. The dehumidistat is activated when the moisture level in a separate space rises above a specific threshold.
Condensation Pump Option
If gravity drainage is not a possible option for eliminating the collected water in your application, a condensation pump kit is available. The Compact dehumidifier is easily adaptable to use a condensate pump, and this will give you the option of running the drain hose up and out of a window or around a doorway to your yard or garden. These pumps are energy-efficient and work with a float switch that allows the pump to run only when needed.
Advanced Air Filtration
The Santa Fe Compact 2 comes standard with a MERV-8 air filter. The air filter protects your investment and ensures that it will perform at its best for years to come. This filter should be changed between 6 months and a year, depending on your level of pollution.
ENERGY STAR Rated
The Santa Fe Compact is Energy Star-rated, meaning that it is an energy-efficient choice that is good for your finances and for the environment. Products with the Energy Star label have the special distinction of being high energy-saving appliances that don't sacrifice performance, style, or quality. Choosing an Energy Star product means you get the results you want without creating pollution or consuming excess energy. The Compact produces over 4 pints of water per kilowatt-hour, resulting in high-efficiency operation that saves you money.
This unit comes with a Free Digital Humidity Gauge & Thermometer (by mail-in rebate).
Additional Product Highlights
Eco-Friendly Refrigerant - This unit now uses the eco-friendly refrigerant R-410A in its refrigeration system. This type of refrigerant will not contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer and is generally more reliable overtime than the previous R-22 refrigerant.
Low Operating Temperature – The unit operates in temperatures from 49 degrees F to 95 degrees F, ideal for basements and crawlspaces.
Blower Rating – 150 CFM
Auto Restart – Unit automatically restarts following a loss of power.
Energy Factor – 2.4 l/kw
Drain Hose Specs – 5/8 in. ID x 8 ft. with ¾ in. threaded MPT connection
Santa Fe Model Number – 4033600