The purpose of this article is to provide you a bit of unbiased product information about the Compact2 and Advance2 Santa Fe Whole-home Dehumidifiers, to help you make a decision about whether or not you might like to purchase one at some point in the future.
We decided to create this because we often use these dehus in our work, and have received many requests about them from our customers.
Sidenote: There’s no space in between the Compact/Advance words and the ‘2’. That’s just how Santa Fe named these products.
Disclaimer: although we’ve tried to ensure that this article is as unbiased as possible by presenting both the pros and cons of the units, we want to make clear that we do sell Santa Fe Dehumidifiers.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive right in!
First, let’s take a look at the Compact2 model (shown below).
The Santa Fe Compact2 Dehumidifier:
At just a foot in width and height, and weighing only 55 pounds, the Compact2 is right at home in tight spaces. That’s one of the reasons we used it so extensively in our crawl space encapsulation jobs. We often installed the Compact2 to control the humidity in crawl spaces, which helped keep the space dry and prevent the growth of fungus and mold. The full dimensions of the unit are 12″ wide x 12″ tall x 21″ long. You can place this unit on the floor of your crawl space, with attachable feet to keep it elevated off of the ground. Or, you can even rig it to hang from your sub-floor joists, as shown in this photo:
For Small to Mid-Sized Homes
The Compact2 is a Whole-Home Dehumidifier, which means that it was designed with enough power and capacity to control humidity for the entire home. The size of the home does present a limitation however, with the Compact2 able to handle homes up to 1800 square feet, and will remove up to 70 pints of water (8.75 gallons!) from the air per day. Eight gallons is a lot of moisture removed from your air! Easy to understand why these units are so good at controlling mold growth. If you need to control humidity in larger homes, you may need two of these, or one of a more powerful model.
Rotate-able Exhaust Port
The exhaust outlets of both the Compact2 and the Advance can be connected to your duct work using a ducting kit. The Compact2 features a single exhaust outlet that can be rotated, so that you can choose between discharging vertically or horizontally.
Here’s a video of Michael showing you how to clean the unit:
Okay, now let’s talk about the Santa Fe Advance2.
The Santa Fe Advance2 Dehumidifier:
Bigger, But Powerful…
At almost 20 inches tall, and tipping the scales at a whopping 80 pounds, and the Advance2 is quite a bit heavier and less maneuverable than it’s smaller cousin the Compact2. But you know where all of that weight goes because the Advance2 is able to pull 90 pints of water out of your home’s air per day. That’s 11.25 gallons. The Advance2 is made to control humidity in spaces up to 2200 square feet. So if your home or office building is 6000 square feet you might require three of these units. Official dimensions are 14.5″ wide x 19.5″ tall x 26″ long. It’s bigger, but will still fit into many crawl spaces.
The Advance2 features two exhaust outlets for air distribution two multiple locations. You could run one duct into your home and the other duct to your garage, for example.
Now, let’s touch on the pros and cons of the Santa Fe Compact 2 and Advance 2.
The Pros Of Both
The pros of going with a Compact2 or the Advance2 are many. Santa Fe is a trusted manufacturer that builds reliable products with high quality materials. So you’re getting a trusted and proven brand. Both of these units also feature various exhaust options which might give you a bit of flexibility for your particular application.
The Cons Of Both:
One of the things that we thought were drawbacks is that the units don’t give you some of the high-tech options that we are seeing with other brands these days. I’m talking about features such as the ability to remote control your dehu using your mobile phone, being able to program the units, and other automation features. The Santa Fe dehus controls are manually operated and pretty basic. You would need to actually go down into the crawl space to make a change. Whereas with other brands, you can simply open up an app on your phone and make the change saving yourself a trip into the crawl.
I hope this information was helpful to you. If have a question, would like to know more, or just want to purchase one of these units give us a call.
Thanks for reading!