Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

 

 

NXT60 Crawl Space Dehumidifier

The WatchDog NXT60 is the smallest crawl space dehumidifier in the NXT series, yet it is still capable of maintaining most crawl spaces with a coverage area of 11,000 cubic feet. The effecient NXT60 can produce 60 pints per day at 2.45 L/kWh. Even more impressive, the NXT60 is only 12 inches tall, making it easy to fit in the smallest of spaces.

The WatchDog NXT60 is a gravity drain crawl space dehumidifier with a simple to use digital display plus side panels for easy access. It also features auto restart, electronic defrost, and low-temperature operation. In addition, the NXT60 can be used with optional upgrades such as a remote control, an environmental monitor, or duct kits.

 

NXT85 Crawl Space Dehumidifier

The WatchDog NXT85 is the same compact size as the NXT60 but it produces a powerful 85 pints per day. This is perfect for extra large crawl spaces as it can maintain up to 15,000 cubic feet. This efficient crawl space dehumidifier only uses 5.3 amps and produces 59 dBa.

The NXT85 features a gravity drain system and comes standard with a MERV-10 filter. Other features of the NXT85 include a digital display for quick set up and side panels for easy access. Plus, the unit comes standard with upgrades like auto restart, and electronic defrost. The NXT85 can also be customized to your needs with options such as an environmental monitor, duct collar kit, or a remote control.

NXT85c Crawl Space Dehumidifier

The WatchDog NXT85c is identical to the NXT85 except for one feature. The NXT85c crawl space dehumidifier includes an integrated HVAC quality condensate pump with a 15’ lift. This makes installation a breeze and allows you to use the crawl space dehumidifier in spaces where a gravity drain is not an option.

The compact NXT85c includes features such as temperature controlled defrost, auto restart, and a digital display. It also features side panels to make maintenance as easy as possible. Just like the other dehumidifiers in the NXT series, the 85c can be used with many optional upgrades such as an environmental monitor, wired remote control, or duct collar kits.

 

NXT120 Crawl Space Dehumidifier

The WatchDog NXT120 is one of the largest models of crawl space dehumidifiers in the NXT Series. With an impressive 120 pints per day capacity, the NXT120 is perfect for spaces up to 21,000 cubic feet. Despite its powerful capacity, the 120 maintains 2.8 L/kWh and is only 16 inches tall.

The WatchDog NXT120 crawl space dehumidifier features a gravity drain plus an easy to use digital display. Simply use the display to choose your desired set point and the built-in humidistat will maintain the area. The unit also includes auto restart, low-temperature operation, and can be easily ducted on both the inlet and outlet sides.


 

NXT120c Crawl Space Dehumidifier

The WatchDog NXT120c has the same 120 pints per day capacity as the NXT120. What sets the unit apart, is its built-in heavy-duty condensate pump. The pump is capable of 15 feet of lift, giving you more options when setting up your drain line. The pump combined with an intuitive digital display and compact size makes installation ultra simple.

With its large capacity, the WatchDog NXT120c crawl space dehumidifier can easily maintain spaces up to 21,000 cubic feet. This makes it the perfect unit for a variety of situations including crawl spaces, basements, or HVAC tie in. In addition, the NXT120c can be used with optional accessories such as our wired remote control or wireless environmental monitor.


 


The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Crawl Space Dehumidifier






USEFUL TERMS FOR DEHUMIDIFIERS

Useful Crawl Space Dehumidifier Terms

Pints Per Day (PPD):

Pints Per Day is the volume (in pints) of moisture extracted from the air daily by your crawl space dehumidifier.


Vapor Barrier:

A vapor barrier is a thin layer of impermeable material, typically polyethylene sheeting, included in building construction to prevent moisture from damaging the foundation of the building. Vapor barriers are used in crawl spaces to prevent moisture in the ground from seeping back into the space once the crawl space dehumidifier has removed it.


Gravity Drain:

A crawl space dehumidifier with a gravity drain uses gravity to move water through the drain line to an acceptable area for drainage out of the crawl space. In order for a gravity drain to work effectively, the drain tube must be set up properly on a downward slope with no kinks or twists.


Condensate Pump:

A crawl space dehumidifier with a built-in condensate pump pumps the condensate (water) from the dehumidifier to an acceptable area for drainage outside of the crawl space. Condensate pumps turn on intermittently depending on the water level in the pump reservoir. As the water rises in the reservoir, it raises a float switch which energizes the pump. The pump will then run until the level of water in the reservoir is substantially lowered. It is important to note that a condensate pump is a mechanical device and will require yearly maintenance to ensure it is functioning properly.


Condensate Pump Lift:

Condensate Pump Lift describes how high the condensate pump is capable of moving water. For instance, the Watchdog 85c has a 15-foot condensate pump lift.


Set Point:

Set point is the desired value in a closed-loop feedback system. When using a crawl space dehumidifier, you choose humidity set point, which is the desired humidity level you wish to maintain in the area.


Stack Effect:

Stack Effect describes the the process of humid air entering your crawl space and rising up throughout your home. As the warm air rises and escapes through your roof, it creates a vacuum. The warm air is then replaced with cool air. This is considered the natural airflow pattern of your home. As the air from the crawl space is drawn up into your home it brings moisture and all of it’s harmful side effects with it.


Coils (Evaporator and Condenser):

The condenser coil condenses the refrigerant from a hot gas to a cold liquid by the use of the metering device. This then moves into the evaporator coil where the refrigerant evaporates as it absorbs heat from the indoor air passing over it. The evaporator coil is the one you can see on your crawl space dehumidifier that is cool and wet to the touch.


Inlet Filter:

The inlet protects the evaporator coil from dirt and debris as the air is being pulled into the crawl space dehumidifier to be conditioned. All Seaira Global dehumidifiers have a filter that protects the coils. All dehumidifiers in the NXT Series come with both a pre-filter and a MERV-10 filter.


Relative Humidity (RH) Sensor:

The RH sensor reads the relative humidity of the space within +/- 5% to determine when your crawl space dehumidifier needs to run.


Drain Line:

The drain line is how the water is moved out of the unit and into the drain system. The NXT60, NXT85, and NXT120 all have 12” of drain line for the water to flow from the drain tray to the system you or your installer has put in place to move the water out of your crawl space. All pump models (NXT85c and NXT120c) have 20 feet of drain line to move the water away from the crawl space dehumidifier using the condensate pump.


MERV:

MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. A MERV rating varies from 1-20. The higher the value, the more efficient the filter will be in trapping airborne particles.


HEPA Filter:

HEPA filters are also also known as high-efficiency particulate air filter. To qualify as a HEPA filter, it must remove 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 micrometers.


Carbon Filter:

Carbon filters, also known as activated carbon filters, aid in odor removal. The activated carbon attracts and removes odor molecules by trapping the molecules in the pores of the activated carbon.



HOW DOES A CRAWL SPACE DEHUMIDIFIER WORK?

How do crawl space dehumidifiers work

Dehumidifiers are essentially small air conditioners. The difference is that instead of cooling the air, dehumidifiers warm the air up. A built in fan pulls the air through a filter and into the unit. This air then passes over a set of coils that are filled with a refrigerant to keep them cold. Whenever humid air passes over these cold coils, the air is cooled down. This in turn causes the moisture in the air to condense and settle onto the cold coils. The water then drips down the coils into a drain tray. Depending on your exact model, the water is either drained through a gravity drain or into a reservoir to be pumped out.

Once the air has passed over the cooling coils and has had moisture pulled from it, it then goes over a second set of warmer coils where the air is reheated (usually to a few degrees higher than when it started). This dry, warmer air is then pushed back into the room, thus reducing the overall humidity in the air of the room.





CHOOSING THE RIGHT CRAWL SPACE DEHUMIDIFIER

When purchasing a crawl space dehumidifier, there are a few key factors you will want to consider:


1. Coverage Area

The first thing to figure out is how much cubic footage you need to cover. The cubic footage is important to know, otherwise, you may end up with an underpowered machine that can’t maintain your desired humidity. If that happens, not only will you not see any improvement in air quality but, you will also waste time and money. To prevent this, simply calculate the cubic footage of your crawl space using this formula: Square Footage x Average Height= Cubic Footage. Keep in mind that this is NOT the square footage of every level in your home, but rather the outline of the structure or “footprint”. If you have a three story home, you do not calculate the square footage of each story, just the footprint.

Formula to calculate cubic footage of crawl space

For instance, if a crawl space is 2,000 square feet and 4 feet high, the cubic footage would then be 8,000. Once you determine the cubic footage, you can pick which size will work for you.

An example of a formula to calculate cubic footageof crawl space


2. Efficiency (L/kWh)

Another factor to consider is the efficiency of your crawl space dehumidifier. To determine how efficient your crawl space dehumidifier will be simply look at what is called L/KwH or Liters per Kilowatt Hour. This refers to the number of liters of water that can be removed from the air, per kilowatt of power, per hour. The higher this number, the more energy efficient the unit is.


3. Fan Power (CFM)

A powerful fan is a crucial component of any crawl space dehumidifier. The fan draws the air from the space into the machine to begin the moisture removal process so you want a fan that’s effective. The amount of air the crawl space dehumidifier can process is measured by CFM or cubic feet per minute. Both the WatchDog 900 and 900c models have an impressive CFM of 370. The WatchDog 550 has a CFM of 250, making it quite powerful for it’s size.

Help choosing the right crawl space dehumidifier


4. Drainage System

All dehumidifiers need some method for draining water. There are two options for draining- a gravity drain system or a built in pump system. As the name implies, in a gravity drain system, the crawl space dehumidifier uses gravity to drain the water. For the system to work, you need a setup that will allow the drain line to run at a decline the entire time, since water cannot flow uphill. As long as you have a suitable area, gravity drains are quite simple to set up. They do require annual maintenance, but it only takes a few minutes. There are 3 models in the NXT series that feature a gravity drain, including the NXT60, NXT85, and NXT120.

If you need your crawl space dehumidifier to drain uphill, then a built in pump will be a better option. With the a built in condensate pump, the drain line can be set up to run up to 15 feet uphill. Just like the gravity drain, condensate pumps also require annual cleaning to prevent problems. Both the NXT85c and NXT120x come standard with an internal condensate pump.


5. Digital Controls

One important feature to consider is what type of controls are on the crawl space dehumidifier. Some dehumidifiers use a simple dial while others have a digital display. A digital display screen makes a crawl space dehumidifier much easier to program. It will give you the capability to set the crawl space dehumidifier to your exact desired humidity level. All Seaira models have a digital readout that not only allows you to set your preferred humidity level but also shows you the current relative humidity. Another electronic control to look for is an on/off switch. While all Seaira models include a power button, some lower end models do not come with a simple power switch. This means that you may have to unplug the unit or adjust the humidistat just to get the unit to power off.


6. Digital Humidistat

In addition to digital controls, it’s quite useful to have a digital humidistat. Having a built in humidistat makes it easy to set and maintain your desired humidity level. For instance, you can use the digital screen to set your humidity level to 50% and the crawl space dehumidifier will run until the humidity is within 5% of the set point. At that point, the crawl space dehumidifier will automatically shut down. The humidistat will continue to monitor the humidity levels and turn the machine on and off, as needed. All Seaira Global dehumidifiers come standard with this feature.


7. Auto Defrost

The Auto defrost feature is highly useful to keep your crawl space dehumidifier running in colder temperatures. When temperatures drop below 65°F, the coils can accumulate frost as the condensation on the coils freezes. The built in defrost mechanism monitors the temperatures on the coils and when a predetermined temperature is reached the defrost function will activate. Once the defrost cycle has completed the crawl space dehumidifier will continue its normal operation.


9. Noise Level

Noise level might not be your first thought when searching for a crawl space dehumidifier, however, it is an important consideration. For example, if your crawl space dehumidifier is directly under a living area, you’re going to notice if it’s unusually loud. The last thing you want is a noisy crawl space dehumidifier to keep you awake at night. An average crawl space dehumidifier will have a decibel level that ranges from 65 to 75 decibels at a distance of 4 feet. A sound level of 65 could be compared to a loud conversation while 75 decibels is similar to the sound of street traffic. The WatchDog 900 and 900c models are rated at 58 decibels, while the WatchDog 550 is rated at an ultra-quiet 52 decibels.


10. Low Operating Temperature

To prevent problems in cold weather, be sure to check what the operating temperature range is when looking at dehumidifiers. Most crawl space dehumidifier will work in temperatures higher than 41°F. This is fine for many situations, however, if use your crawl space dehumidifier year round in a unheated basement or crawl space, that might not be enough. To ensure that your crawl space dehumidifier continues to work through winter, choose one with a low operating temperature in the thirties. All three models of WatchDog dehumidifiers are able to run in temperatures as low as 33°F.


11. Filter

Filters are an important component in the operation of a crawl space dehumidifier as they help preserve your unit. Using a filter helps to prevent dust and dirt build up inside the unit. Keep in mind that filters typically need to be cleaned or replaced at least once a year (depending on the environment). If you’re looking for the more cost effective option, choose a filter that can be washed and replaced. The WatchDog 900 and 900c are equipped with a prefilter that can be easily cleaned and reused. Simply slide the prefilter out of the machine and rinse with water. This will ensure that the prefilter does not get clogged so your crawl space dehumidifier can continue to run effectively. There is also the option to upgrade your crawl space dehumidifier with a MERV-8, HEPA, or carbon filter. The WatchDog 550 comes standard with a highly efficient MERV-8 filter.


12. Auto Reset

Another convenient feature to have on a crawl space dehumidifier is automatic reset. Having a crawl space dehumidifier with automatic reset means that in the event of a power loss, the machine will turn back on by itself and continue maintaining the last humidity level that was set. This useful feature means you won’t have to crawl under your house every time you lose power. Instead, simply let the machine turn back on by itself once the power is restored. You don’t even have to worry about settings, the machine will automatically maintain the same settings it had when the power was lost.


13. Duct Adapters

Depending on your desired set up, you may want the option to duct your crawl space dehumidifier. Ducting allows you to control where the airflow will be directed or connect the crawl space dehumidifier to an HVAC system. It can also be great for placing the crawl space dehumidifier in a separate space than what’s being dehumidified. If you think ducting will be a good option for your home, be sure to look for a crawl space dehumidifier that comes with the option to be ducted.



Seaira Global NXT Crawl Space Dehumidifiers

NXT Crawl Space Dehumidifiers by Seaira Global

•WatchDog NXT60 (up to 11,000 cubic feet)
At 60 pints per day, the NXT60 is the smallest crawl space dehumidifier offered by Seaira Global. When you need a dehumidifier for a compact area, the NXT60 is the ideal solution. At only 12 inches tall, it’s easily maneuverable in practically any space.

While it may be the smallest crawl space dehumidifier in our lineup, the WatchDog NXT60 can easily maintain areas up to 11,000 cubic feet. The unit produces 155CFM airflow at an efficient 2.45 L/kWh.

The WatchDog NXT60 also includes several convenient upgrades that make using the machine quite simple. For instance, when you need to set your desired humidity level, simply use the digital display. Once the set point is in place, the NXT60 requires very little input from you, thanks to features like an automatic humidistat, and auto restart. The NXT60 can also be used with optional accessories such as the wired remote control, or duct kit.

•WatchDog NXT85 (up to 15,000 cubic feet)
The WatchDog NXT85 is the same compact design as the NXT60 but with a larger capacity. With an 85 pint per day capacity, the NXT85 is perfect for bigger areas that need moisture control.

The WatchDog NXT85 can maintain areas up to 15,000 cubic feet. The machine produces 185CFM airflow at 2.71 L/kWh and only 59 dBa. Not to mention that it is the same compact size as the NXT60.

The WatchDog NXT85 includes several features that make using the crawl space dehumidifier simple. For instance, when setting the humidity set point, simply use the digital display. After the initial setup, the crawl space dehumidifier requires minimal attention with features such as, temperature controlled defrost, auto restart, and an automatic humidistat.

•WatchDog NXT85c (up to 15,000 cubic feet)
The WatchDog NXT85c crawl space dehumidifier is the same space-saving size as the NXT85 with same 85 pint per day capacity. The only difference is that the NXT85c features an integrated pump which makes it ideal for spaces where a gravity drain system is not an option.

With a powerful capacity, the NXT85c crawl space dehumidifier can maintain areas up to 15,000 cubic feet. The crawl space dehumidifier produces 185 CFM at 2.71 L/kWh and 5.3 amps.

The WatchDog NXT85c also includes multiple features to make it easy and efficient to use. First of all, the digital display makes it easy to choose your desired set point. Then, the automatic humidistat, temperature controlled defrost, and auto restart features make the machine quite low maintenance while it is running.

•WatchDog NXT120 (up to 21,000 cubic feet)
The WatchDog NXT120 crawl space dehumidifier is one of the largest models in the NXT Series. With an impressive 120 pints per day capacity, the NXT120 is perfect for spaces up to 21,000 cubic feet. Despite its powerful capacity, the 120 maintains 2.8 L/kWh and is only 16 inches tall.

The WatchDog NXT120 crawl space dehumidifier features a gravity drain plus an easy to use digital display. Simply use the display to choose your desired set point and the built-in humidistat will maintain the area. The unit also includes auto restart, low-temperature operation, and can be easily ducted on both the inlet and outlet.

•WatchDog NXT120c (up to 21,000 cubic feet)
The WatchDog NXT120c crawl space dehumidifier has the same 120 pints per day capacity as the NXT120. What sets the unit apart, is its built-in heavy-duty condensate pump. The pump is capable of 15 feet of lift, giving you more options when setting up your drain line. The pump combined with an intuitive digital display and compact size make installation ultra simple.

With its large capacity, the WatchDog NXT120c crawl space dehumidifier can easily maintain spaces up to 21,000 cubic feet. This makes it the perfect unit for a variety of situations including crawl spaces, basements, or HVAC tie in. In addition, the NXT120c can be used with optional accessories such as our wired remote control or wireless environmental monitor.