Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Little Giant


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Last winter’s experiment with leaving the heat off unless the pipes threatened to freeze taught me that bath towels are an ideal medium for cultivating mildew. Last August, I Googled the towel racks I remembered from a particularly pretentious mail order catalogue and discovered that the heated towel rack is an idea whose time has come.

Eighty dollars and one visit to a big box home furnishings store later, I can keep the chill off the bathroom, de-humidify it, fend off mold, and dry myself with something cozy in one swoop. For eighty more dollars and another hour, I cut the number of kitchen towels that find their way into the laundry to a quarter of what I had been using.

At seventy-five watts each, these featherweight racks take the chill off a room and circulate air even more elegantly than a single incandescent light bulb. The racks do more with less and do it better.

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