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Santa Fe Advance2 Review

Est. $1,380
Reviewed
June 2015
by ConsumerSearch
Santa Fe Advance2 Review

Best basement dehumidifier

Pros
  • Large daily capacity
  • Low profile
  • Energy-efficient
  • Superior air-filtration system
Cons
  • Will not run below 49 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Water pump is not built in
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Bottom line

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 -- or your whole house with the addition of an optional venting kit.

Breaking it down

Performance

Efficient and effective. The Santa Fe Advance2 features a low profile (under 20 inches) and 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 areas up to 2,200 feet. That's enough capacity to use the Advance2 to act as a whole house dehumidifier; an optional venting kit is available. The MERV-8 filter can capture allergens such as mold spores, dust mite debris, pet dander and more, a plus for allergy sufferers. The Advance2 is Energy Star Qualified.

Ease of use

May require professional installation. If used as a stand-alone dehumidifier for a basement or crawlspace with floor drains, installation requires not much more than setting it in place, running the included hose to the drain, plugging in the dehumidifier, setting it for the desired humidity, and forgetting about it. Otherwise, though, things can get a little more complicated. If you are tying the Advance2 into an existing ductwork system, you will probably want the help of an HVAC installer or contractor to make sure it and your existing air conditioning or heating system will work at their top efficiency. A contractor might also be needed if you are installing new ductwork in multiple rooms to use exclusively with the dehumidifier. If you lack floor drains, an optional pump to send water out a basement window or raised sink drain is available. There is no condensate bucket so emptying by hand is not an option. The controls are mechanical rather than digital, as found on better portable dehumidifiers, and there's no LED display. Auto restart means that it will turn back on and get to work following a power outage.

Noise

Good grades from owners. The Advance2 is designed to be tucked away, out of sight. Still it is rated at 64 dB, or within the range of normal conversation. Most user reviews can be found at Sylvane.com. There, we spotted a few complaints about noise levels, but many more list quiet operation as plus.

Durability and reliability

Built to last. Experts say that Santa Fe dehumidifiers, including the Advance2, are among the best made units available to homeowners. At HVAC-For-Beginners.com, Richard Reed names the Santa Fe brand as the "World's Best Whole House Dehumidifier." Among its pluses is a good guarantee -- one-year with five-year protection for its refrigeration system. In a video review, Tim Carter of AskTheBuilder.com, recommends the Santa Fe Advance2 for its superior build quality compared to models available at big box hardware stores. User reviews for whole house and basement dehumidifiers are sometimes hard to come by, but there are over 100 at Sylvane.com for the Advance2. Satisfaction is high, with 94 percent of owners saying that they would recommend the Advance2 to a friend.

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Santa Fe Advance2 Reviews

1. HVAC-For-Beginners.com

Richard Reed, a former HVAC technician and contractor, offers his opinions of various whole house dehumidifiers. Though discussion isn't very extensive, and models aren't directly addressed, he rates the Santa Fe brand as the best choice overall.

Review: Dehumidifier Ratings, A Repairman Reviews The Brands..., Richard Reed, Not Dated

2. AskTheBuilder.com

In this brief video, AskTheBuilder.com founder Tim Carter explains why a dehumidifier is important and why the Santa Fe Advance2 is a good choice. Versatility and terrific build quality compared to other dehumidifiers, particularly cheaper models, are among its pluses.

Review: Santa Fe Dehumidifier Advance 2, Tim Carter, June 3, 2015

3. Sylvane.com

The Santa Fe Advance2 receives a high overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 from more than 100 owners at this retail site. Users say the Santa Fe Advance2 can dehumidify a huge space quickly and effectively.

Review: Santa Fe Advance2 Dehumidifier, Contributors to Sylvane.com, As of June 2015

4. AchooAllergy.com

The anonymous editors at retailer AchooAlergy.com offer their take on the Santa Fe Advance2. While these types of reviews are sometimes heavily positive, some negatives -- such as the lack of built-in condensate pump -- are pointed out, adding to its credibility.

Review: Santa Fe Advance2 Dehumidifier, Editors of AchooAlergy.com, Not Dated

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