specifically for use in crawlspaces and basements, the Ebac CD85 is a compact dehumidifier that provides easy-to-use convenience with the moisture removal capacity to
keep your home or business free of mold, mildew and pests. With an integrated condensate pump, the CD85 allows for water removal in spaces where a drain is not convenient,
so in a crawl space, you can effectively reduce the humidity level in a space where mold commonly thrives and port the condensate outside of the home. Even in spaces like
a finished basement, the CD85 is quiet enough to control humidity without disturbing others. The compact design allows for you to easily "hide" the unit as needed.
The steel frame lends durability and stability, while a built-in humidistat offers easy adjustment and humidity control. So whether you are trying to eliminate
mold or keeps pests like spiders, spider crickets or other insects in check, the Ebac CD85 is a versatile unit more than capable of handling the task.
Ebac CD85 Dehumidifier
The Ebac CD85 is the Ebac counterpart to the Dri-Eaz CMC100. Built in a similar fashion for roughly the same
humidity problems, the CD85 is a compact, steel dehumidifier with an integrated pump and built-in humidistat. I had the perfect space in which
to test this model. Our home here in GA literally put the "crawl" in crawlspace. Most people think that term refers to the low ceilings where
a person can often only crawl and not stand. Not true in my house. My crawl space is literally crawling with insects. Pleasant, I know. After breaking
down a test model and running it for a week in my crawlspace, here is what I found.
What I like about the Ebac CD85
First, like most other Ebac models, the unit is well built. The steel frame is durable and ensures that the unit will not
be bothered by much less than perhaps a tornado. Unlike other Ebac models though, this unit features a fairly substantial air
filter, and for operation in spaces like crawl spaces and basements, this can help filter out dust and debris, keeping the
motor performing better, longer.
Once the unit was placed where I needed it, I simply ran the cord to my power outlet then connected the drain hose. For this application,
I ported the completely outside of the crawlspace by using a drill and punching a 1" hole through the bottom of the wooden crawlspace
door. After this was complete, I set the humidistat/dial and turned the unit on. The noise level was about what I was
expecting if not a little less. For crawl spaces and basements, it shouldn't be any concern.
The next morning I first checked the condensate line. Water was slow but steady. In the crawlspace itself the humidity level had settled
down to a much more manageable 56%. That was still not where I would like it to be, but a far cry better than the 77% humidity reading
I had the day prior to installing the CD85.
I monitored the humidity level each day for the next five days. By the second day, the humidity had fallen nearly to where I wanted it. I dialed it
down a little more, and by the third day the humidity was reading under my preferred level of 50%. After my week was complete, there was a very noticeable
difference in the crawlies I had in the crawl space. While not all of the spider crickets were gone quite yet, it no longer looked like I was commercially raising them
for fish bait in that space!
What I do not like about the Ebac CD85
Though compact, the CD85 is fairly heavy. Luckily for my application, I had someone giving me a hand. I would suggest the
same, especially if the installation is in a confined space like a crawl space.
Going with the weight, the lack of handholds or handles is nothing short of a pain in the rear. You can manage without them,
but it would have been nice for them to have been built into the steel sides.
I've never been a big fan of humidistats that do not give you a relative humidity readout. Though the dial is often the industry
standard, for most effective monitoring of humidity levels, you'll want to purchase a separate hygrometer/humidity gauge.
Aside from a few minor issues, I'm pleased with the performance of the Ebac CD85. Not only did it do an excellent job of removing
moisture and driving the spider crickets out of my crawl space, but it also put a halt to mold growth on the joists. In all,
I would recommend the unit, particularly for basement and crawlspace applications or other spaces where there is a moderate
moisture issue (no standing water).