The Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT dehumidifier (model #4031470), which replaces the Santa Fe HC model, is the perfect solution for removing excess moisture from large crawl spaces and basements. Under standard rating conditions (80°F at 60% humidity), the large-capacity unit can remove up to 155 pints of moisture per day from a 3,600-sq.-ft. space. At complete saturation (100% relative humidity), the dehumidifier’s capacity doubles to an impressive 310 pints per day.
In order to achieve the performance level of this unit, you would need to purchase multiple off-the-shelf dehumidifiers, which would in turn lead to increased electricity costs and elevated energy usage. This Santa Fe dehumidifier is also far more earth-friendly than other units because it carries the Energy Star rating and uses a special type of refrigerant that will not contribute to ozone depletion. The Santa Fe Max Dry is the most energy-efficient large-capacity residential dehumidifier on the market.
Please note that for excessive moisture, mold, and musty odor issues in large crawl spaces and basements, it is best to first get a consultation to determine your environment’s specific needs. Call our product experts at (800) 934-9194 for a free consultation and an expert recommendation.
How It Works
The Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT dehumidifier uses a CFC-free refrigerant to draw in a stream of warm, humid air at the front of the unit and pass it through 1 of 2 evaporator coils. At this coil, the air temperature is cooled to below its dew point, condensing moisture in the process and dripping the water into the unit’s reservoir or, if equipped, a hose for draining. Following this process, the now cooled and dried air passes through a second coil where it is reheated and blown out into the room or crawl space. This Santa Fe dehumidifier performs dual-air distribution by blowing the reheated air out into the surrounding space from each side of the unit. This results in quicker and more efficient dehumidification and a well-balanced humidity level.
Design Fits Your Needs
This crawl space and basement dehumidifier features a horizontal design that helps it fit easily into narrow and tight spaces. Place the unit in a finished basement, an unfinished basement, or on open ground in your crawl space. Because of its shorter footprint, the dehumidifier can be installed wherever it is convenient.
The Max Dry Dual XT operates efficiently in temperatures down to 56 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike other dehumidifiers in its class, this Santa Fe unit will not freeze operation in the cooler temperatures often found in a basement or crawl space.
When running in the proper conditions, the Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT maintains 45 to 50% relative humidity, as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. This is the ideal range for creating a comfortably dry, mold-free, and odor-free living or storage space. For easy humidity control, the unit features 3 humidity settings – dry, normal, and humid – to help you navigate toward the best level. Simply move the humidity control knob to your desired setting. The dehumidifier will run intermittently to maintain the set humidity level.
This American-made dehumidifier stands above other dehumidifiers when it comes to the amount of moisture it can absorb from the air. In addition to its high-capacity and low temperature operation, special features include:
Dual-Air Distribution – This patent-pending capability enables the unit to blow dehumidified air out from vents located on both sides of the unit, which results in more balanced humidity and air circulation.
Fan Control – A fan control switch allows for continuous fan operation or operation only when the unit is actively removing moisture from the air.
Air Filtration – A pleated fabric air filter cleans the air as it enters the unit.
Gravity Drainage – Simply attach the included 8-foot drain hose to the unit and route to a drain.
Ducting Optional – Inlet and outlet duct kits are available as accessories.
Condensate Pump Kit – An accessory pump kit is also available to initiate upward drainage.
Free Digital Humidity Gauge By Mail– The Max Dry Dual XT Dehumidifier comes with a mail-in certificate for a free digital humidity gauge.
The Santa Fe Max Dry Dual XT includes a MERV 11 air filter, which outperforms typical pleated and flat panel fabric air filters by trapping more dust, lint, and pollen particles. This filter captures air particles as small as 1 micron in size, including mold spores. This superior level of filtration keeps the dehumidifier working at peak efficiency for longer periods of time.
Setting Up A Drain Trap
Santa Fe recommends setting up a drain trap when installing any of its horizontal dehumidifiers, including the Max Dry Dual XT. 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 several options for ducting this Santa Fe dehumidifier for operation in a number of spaces at once. This also allows you to hide the unit in a storage space. Inlet (12-in. ducting) and outlet (10-in. ducting) duct accessory kits are available to suit your needs. Setup configurations include:
- Operating the unit without ducting to dehumidify in an open space.
- Ducting multiple rooms to allow air to flow simultaneously.
- Ducting one room and directing the unit to discharge air into another room.
- Running ductwork to the far ends of a crawl space to force air circulation.
Condensate Pump Option
If the gravity drain option is not aligned with your drainage needs, a condensate pump kit is also available. This kit will give you the option of running the drain hose upward and out through a window or around a doorway to your yard or garden. The condensate pump is energy-efficient and works with a float switch that directs the pump to run only when necessary.