Santa Fe Classic Review

The Santa Fe Classic Basement and Whole House Dehumidifier is designed as a stand-alone unit capable of reducing the humidity levels in areas up to 3,000 feet in residential applications. The unit is customizable with additional kits which can be purchased from the manufacturer. The optional duct kit allows the unit to be connected to existing duct work to help dehumidify the entire house. Other kits available include noise reduction kits, a condensate pump kit and a remote dehumidistat control.

The Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier works by pre-cooling incoming air, lowering the temperature of the incoming air lower than its dew point. The process of pre-cooling the air increases the efficiency of the unit by up to 200 percent.

All Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier units come with two filters: a factory-installed pleated air filter and a removable and washable pre-filter, increasing air filtration and removing dust and particulate matter from cooled air before discharging it back into the home.

Features and Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20 x 36 x 17 inches
  • Weight: 110 pounds
  • 1 year warranty on parts and labor; 5 year warranty on the condenser, evaporator and compressor
  • Optional pump
  • Optimal operating temperature between 53 and 95 degrees
  • Castors for mobility

Reviews

The vast majority of online reviews give the Santa Fe Classic Basement and Whole House Dehumidifier five stars in several categories. The unit gets high marks for reliability and performance and for consistently removing humidity from large areas. Most who have the unit tied into their home’s duct work report that the unit does not lose effectiveness or efficiency with this type of installation.

One of the categories in online reviews where the unit gets less than five stars is in portability; its specifications list it as portable but due to its size and weight, even with castors, the unit is difficult to move. Still, even though it’s listed as a negative, most reviewers are only slightly negative on this apparent lack of portability.

The other less than positive remarks about the Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier are concerning the noise level. There is an optional noise reduction kit available from the manufacturer and most consumers who use the unit as a whole-house dehumidifier do invest in the additional kit to reduce the noise of the unit.

One minor complaint also revolves around the lowest temperature at which the unit functions. There have been occasional reports of the Santa Fe Classic Dehumidifier not working down at the lowest temperature the manufacturer recommends. Consumers have reported units freezing up in rooms where the temperature is well above 53 degrees.

Pros

  • Many additional kits available to customize the unit
  • Can be used as a stand-alone or tied into existing ductwork
  • Dehumidifies up to 3,000 square feet
  • No water buckets to empty
  • Built-in defrost system

Cons

  • Can be loud
  • Difficult to move
  • Cost
  • Temperature