The Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier is purpose designed for a medium sized crawl space of up to 1,800 sq
Consumer reviews of the Compact are consistently positive and I can confidently recommend this product. The Compact is equally
suitable for use in a basement and ideal for anyone for whom the larger Santa
Fe Classic is a more powerful appliance than is needed.
The Compact is exceptionally energy efficient and, with an energy factor
of 2.37 litres per kilowatt hour, far more economical to
run than any residential quality portable with a similar water
The Compact is not cheap to buy, retailing at between $1,000 and $1,200. For this price you get a carefully
engineered, high quality, Energy Star® certified appliance that is remarkably compact and will fit in even the most cramped of crawl spaces.
For any crawl space the Compact represents value for
money. For smaller basements there may be cheaper alternatives but for a
cool basement the Santa Fe Compact is among the best dehumidifiers you can buy.
Compact Manual (PDF)
The Santa Fe Compact is optimized for use in the confined area of a typical crawl space. It is robust enough to withstand the potentially hostile conditions and can operate effectively in the cooler temperatures which prevail in some areas.
The Compact is equally effective in a basement and will appeal particularly to those of you who want to install your dehumidifier out of sight or in a cramped corner.
Consumers rate this unit extremely highly in many reviews. They find it to be effective at reducing and controlling humidity.
Users find the Compact more effective than portable models, especially in cooler crawl spaces and basements. The Compact is also reported to have a considerably longer working life time and to reduce energy bills where a portable has been used previously.
The Compact is found to be easy to set up and light enough to be moved into position by a single person. The controls are praised for their simplicity and ease of use. Continuous drainage is said to be easy to set up and to work effectively. A number of users who have chosen to buy the optional condensate pump have complained that the instructions for use are not entirely clear.
All are impressed with the build quality, sturdy cabinet and robust components of the Compact. An isolated report was made of a Compact being faulty on delivery. Reports on noise level are mixed with some praising the unit for quiet operation while others find the noise level intrusive
The Santa Fe Compact is an outstanding crawl space dehumidifier which has been
enthusiastically reviewed by many users. It is effective and yet costs
less to run than a typical portable unit of similar capacity. It
operates at its best when a portable is struggling due to ice
formation and it controls humidity to the level we need, comfortable for
us and deadly to mold and dust mites.
The Santa Fe Compact Dehumidifier is the right tool for the job and I recommend it, without reservation, to our visitors.