If you're looking for an efficient dehumidifier that is compact enough for a crawl space, look no further than the Santa Fe Advance2. With a capacity of 90 pints per day, this unit is powerful enough to maintain lower humidity in your whole basement. It may require professional installation, depending on the complexity of your desired set up and ease of accessing your crawl space.
Efficient and effective. The Santa Fe Advance2 is an updated version of the Santa Fe Advance. The two models are similar in features and functionality, but the Santa Fe Advance2 has upgraded housing to improve airflow. The Santa Fe Advance2 can operate at temperatures as low as 49 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's ideal for use in basements and crawl spaces.
The Santa Fe Advance2 will remove up to 90 pints of water from spaces up to 2,200 feet, so it can be used in large basements that other dehumidifiers aren't adequate for. According to editors of Sylvane.com, "The Advance2 builds on every feature that made the original Advance great, giving you a smarter, more efficient, and more effective solution for damp, mold-prone crawl spaces." Improvements include dual exhaust vents for better airflow and improved efficiency, as well as quieter operation and a rugged housing made of powder-coated steel.
May require professional installation. Because crawl spaces are difficult to access, the Santa Fe Advance2 may require professional installation. Even if the area requiring dehumidification is too small for the unit itself, an optional duct kit will allow the dry air to be redirected to other areas of the structure through existing duct work in the home. This also means the unit can be placed near a crawl space access door while still successfully removing excess moisture from the full area, while the unit can be easily accessed for maintenance when necessary.
Water is drained by gravity from a port situated on the side of the unit or with an optional pump system that can funnel it to a sump pump, sink or even outdoors.
At about 80 pounds, the Advance2 is not the easiest unit to move. However, optional casters can be used to roll this dehumidifier to other locations when needed. If used in a crawl space, however, you're less likely to move it after installation.
Mixed feedback on noise level. Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com rate the Santa Fe Advance with 3.5 stars out of a possible 5 for its noise level. Among the few owner-written reviews posted to this site, opinions are split on noise. Feedback is also split evenly among nearly 70 owners who post reviews of the Santa Fe Advance2 to Sylvane.com; about half say it's quiet while the remainder of users say it's noisy. This largely depends on where it's used and how close it is to heavily utilized areas.
Energy efficient with minimal maintenance. The Santa Fe Advance2 is an expensive unit at about $1,340, although editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com say it's a great value for the investment, a sentiment also held by the majority of owners posting reviews to Sylvane.com. It's an Energy Star-rated unit, so it uses minimal electricity yet offers exceptional performance to maintain appropriate humidity levels in basements and crawl spaces that are prone to mold and mildew growth.
The Santa Fe Advance2, like the Santa Fe Classic and the original Advance, is backed by a one-year warranty with five-year protection for its refrigeration system. Among owners posting reviews to Sylvane.com, there are few complaints of malfunctioning units. However, a few owners say it's difficult to find someone to perform maintenance on this dehumidifier if it does malfunction.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency measures dehumidifier efficiency in liters of water removed per kilowatt-hour of energy consumed. Testing shows the Santa Fe Advance2 has an energy factor of 2.88, much higher than most standard indoor dehumidifiers.
Review: ENERGY STAR Certified Dehumidifiers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Updated June 10, 2013
Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com review the original Santa Fe Advance, similar to the Advance2 in design and functionality, giving it a near-perfect rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Editors say it's "small enough to fit in a crawl space yet still powerful enough to dehumidify the whole basement." Its energy efficiency and two-stage filtration are also praised.
Review: Santa Fe Advance Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com, As of July 2013
This online retailer sells high-end dehumidifiers by Santa Fe and Aprilaire. The site features a helpful video that highlights the original Santa Fe Advance's features. More than 50 owners have also posted reviews at this site, with average ratings of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users say the dehumidifier is compact and very effective, and most agree that it is reasonably quiet.
Review: Santa Fe Advance Dehumidifier (4029800), Contributors to DehumidifierExperts.com, As of July 2013
The Santa Fe Advance2 receives a near-perfect overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from nearly 70 owners at this retail site. Users say the Santa Fe Advance2 can dehumidify a huge space effectively and is also fairly easy to install.
Review: Santa Fe Advance2 Dehumidifier – New Model, Contributors to Sylvane.com, As of July 2013