If you need to dehumidify a crawl space, the Santa Fe Compact has all the features you need: a low profile, effective moisture removal and the ability to run at temperatures as low as 49 degrees Fahrenheit. According to testing by the EPA, the Santa Fe Compact has an efficiency rating of 1.9, which is higher than other dehumidifiers its size. It earns a perfect 5-star rating at AllergyBuyersClub.com for its dual-filtration system, sturdy metal construction and handy features, including automatic defrosting and automatic restart after a power outage.
This dehumidifier does not have a collection container and must be connected to a floor drain with a hose (included); other installation options, such as mounting it to a wall or hooking up to ductwork, may require a professional. The foam pre-filter is washable, but the main filter needs to be replaced every six to 12 months. This unit receives strong reviews from owners, who say it's built to last and completely dried out standing water and other extremely humid conditions. The Santa Fe Compact has a capacity of 70 pints per day, limiting its effectiveness to crawl spaces of up to 1,600 square feet. If you need to dehumidify a larger space, reviewers recommend the larger Santa Fe Advance (Est. $1,350), with a capacity of 90 pints per day.
You can check the Santa Fe Compact's efficiency rating compared to other 70-pint dehumidifiers at EnergyStar.gov. We found an enthusiastic review by editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com and read numerous owner-written reviews at DehumidifierExperts.com and Sylvane.com.
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 Compact has an energy factor of 1.9, which is higher than comparably sized dehumidifiers bearing the Energy Star label.
Review: Dehumidifiers for Consumers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, Last updated March 16, 2012
Editors at AllergyBuyersClub.com give the Santa Fe Compact a 5-star rating for its solid build and superior filtration, which traps mold spores down to 3 microns in size. The handful of owners who have posted reviews at this site also give it a perfect rating.
Review: Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifiers, Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
This online retailer sells high-end dehumidifiers by Santa Fe and Aprilaire. The site features a helpful video that highlights the Santa Fe Compact's features. About 30 owners have also posted reviews at this site, with average ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5. Many owners describe extremely humid crawl spaces or basements that the Santa Fe completely dried out.
Review: Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier (4029900), Contributors to DehumidifierExperts.com
The Santa Fe Compact receives a solid overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from roughly 50 owners at this retail site. Reviewers agree it's powerful and performs well in crawl spaces and basements. They also say it is easy to set up and runs quietly.
Review: Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier, Contributors to Sylvane.com