Studies have shown that as much as 50% of the air in your home comes up from your basement or crawlspace. This air is often higher in relative humidity, and carries with it various allergens and musty odors. When conditions linger above 60% relative humidity for extended periods of time, mold, mildew, and bacteria growth is stimulated.
The American Lung Association, American Medical Association, and the EPA recommend maintaing relative humidity level in the 30% - 50% range. Ventilation and air conditioning alone cannot provide the protection offered by a premium dehumidifier like the Santa Fe Compact. Protecting your family, and you biggest investment, is worth the best.
The Santa Fe Compact was specifically designed for crawlspaces. At 13" tall and 12" wide, the Santa Fe Compact can fit when no other dehumidifier can. The Compact's horizontal configuration and flow-through design perform exceptionally well in tight crawlspaces. The optional condensates pump and ducting kits provide the installation flexibility cecessary for the most challenging applications. The mass merchant dehumidifiercan perform as efficiently and effectively in crawlspaces as the Santa Fe Compact.
Because basement and crawlspace floors and walls are in contact with the soil, and soil temperatures several feet below the surface remain at a constant temperature of 50 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit, basement and crawlspaces tend to be cool, and cool air holds less moisture than warm air, they will have higher relative humidity.
Typically, the closer to ground level, the larger the area, and the damper the environment, the more capacity that will be necessary to dry out the area. Capacity is usually measured in the number of pints of water that a dehumidifier can remove from the air at a given temperature over a given period of time.
Capacities for residential dehumidifiers are measured in pints of water removed per day at standard conditions. Standard conditions are determined by the American Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) and are used because capacity will vary with conditions. AHAM standard rating conditions are 80-degrees Fahrenheit and 60% Relative Humidity (RH). The capacity of the Santa Fe Compact is 65 pints per day at these conditions.
The Santa Fe Compact is necessary to ensure that enough moisture is removed at the real-world temperature of your basement or crawlspace to prevent mold, mildew and bacteral growth. The Santa Fe Compact is a dehumidifier designed for these cooler applications.
New research indicates that foundation vents do not always expel moisture or keep the crawlspace dry. Rather than removing crawlspace moisture, venting can make the problem worse.
Building scientists have found that when warm, moist outside air enters a crawlspace through vents, the air cools and dramatically increases the relative humidity of the crawlspace.
When the relative humidity goes over 100%, condensation accumulates on the walls, floors, and building components.
Just 100 cfm of 70-degrees Fahrenheit dew point air entering a crawlspace would require the removal of about 10 gallons of water per day!
As a solution to vented crawlspaces where condensation, humidity, and other changes in the atmosphere can leave the spqce damp and moldy — a closed crawlspace with dehumidification for humidity control is recommended.
Ventilation of a crawlspace to control relative humidity only works consistently in an arid climate. In most climates, ventilation can add significant quantities of moisture during humid times.
Depending on the outside weather, as much as 375 pounds of water per day can infiltrate a crawlspace through ventilation.
Proactive dehumidification of a sealed crawlspace is the only way to ensure desired humidity levels are uncontrolled moisture intake.
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