- Take the Chill Out of Winter with a Bidet Seat
- Installing a Bidet Seat Yourself: An Easy DIY Project
Shorter days, snow and ice, and months of cold temperatures are here for many. While the snowfall may be pretty, it gets old fast after putting in time shoveling your driveway or salting your sidewalk. And if you’re lucky enough to miss out on the ice and snow, the cold temperatures alone are enough to make it harder than usual to get out of bed in the morning. But we’ve got just the thing to help you fight back against old man winter this year: adding an electric bidet toilet seat in your bathroom.
Unless you’re a bear, hibernating until the spring thaw comes unfortunately isn’t a viable option for the rest of us. Everyone knows what it’s like sitting down on a cold toilet seat during the winter, and it’s certainly not a pleasant way to start your day. But by installing one of our electric model units, you can enjoy the soothing warmth of a heated seat, warm water, and even warm air dryer. With all the warm temperature features available on modern bidet seats, warming up on a winter morning can be as easy as the push of a button!
The benefits of cleaning with water as a healthier and more hygienic option than toilet paper is the main reason people install bidets. What a lot of people don’t know is that today’s seats are packed with additional benefits like the popular heated seat feature. This is a life saver during the winter in particularly chilly regions. The seat temperature can be adjusted to different levels of warmth, so stay toasty no matter what the thermometer outside says.
Besides the heated seat, many modern bidet seats also come equipped with a warm air dryer. The dryer uses a fan to blow air to help dry you off after washing with water, and luckily you can add some heat to the breeze by adjusting the air temperature of the dryer. While many people use a little toilet paper to help dry off water after cleaning, the air dryer helps keep you dry without the abrasiveness of wiping with toilet paper. And with the warm air settings, you may want to enjoy the dryer for a minute or two just to warm up before taking on the winter weather outside.
Since being able to wash with water is the biggest reason people get a bidet, it makes sense that manufacturers have created seats that provide warm water for cleaning. You certainly wouldn’t want to take a cold shower in the morning, especially in the winter, and the same idea applies to washing with a bidet. All of our warm water units heat your water internally and have adjustable temperature settings. The tankless heating and hybrid heating models offer continuous warm water, so you can enjoy the warm wash for as long as necessary without running out of heated water.
Packed with all of these warm temperature features, it’s no wonder so many people install electric bidet seats to their toilets during the winter time. Adding one of these units is easy and designed for “Do-it-Yourself” installation. You can browse our many seats on our comparison chart and find the perfect seat to turn warm up your bathroom and take the chill out of winter this year.
Now that winter is here and all you Do-It-Yourselfers have your big summer projects done (hopefully!), it's time to start looking at small projects and upgrades you can tackle as you start hauling out the holiday decorations. And if “simple” and “easy” describe the type of task you’re looking to take on, we have the perfect winter project anyone can do that will surely make a big splash: installing an electric bidet toilet seat in your bathroom! Putting one of these units on your toilet really is surprisingly easy to do, and it's bound to rival Santa as the biggest hit of the holidays!
One of the biggest misconceptions a lot of people have about bidets is that installing one would require a plumber and an expensive bill from that plumber. That just isn’t the case with the modern electric models on the market today. These units are designed to be user-friendly, simple to use and simple to install. What’s great about them is that they simply replace your existing toilet seat and go directly on top of your toilet. No separate plumbing fixture is needed like with old fashioned bidets – today’s models are light years ahead of those older versions. And the refreshing washing features will amaze you at how much cleaner and healthier you feel compared to cleaning with toilet paper. So if you’ve got a toilet, an electrical outlet and about 30 minutes to spare, here’s how you can change the way you think about hygiene.
Once you receive your bidet seat and are ready to install, you will first want to remove your current toilet seat by unscrewing the bolts under the toilet seat caps. Once removed, you can then secure the bidet seat mounting plate directly to the toilet using the hardware included with the bidet seat. There is some flexibility with the mounting plate so you can move the plate a little farther back or forward on the toilet to get an optimal fit. Once the mounting plate is secured, the bidet simply slides in and locks into place. This also makes it easy to remove the bidet seat should you ever need to move it to another toilet.
For the water supply, you simply will split the water line already connected to the toilet water tank. There is a T-connection included which you connect directly to the bottom of the toilet tank. With the T-connection in place, the water line reconnects to the bottom of the T-connection and then the bidet hose included goes from the T to the bidet. You will need to shut off the water valve on your wall before connecting the T and the bidet hose. Once installed, turn the water valve back on and take a moment tighten any connections should you find any leaks.
As they are electronic bidet seats, you will need to plug the unit into an outlet. The majority of bidet seats have a power cord on the right side of the unit as you are facing the toilet. Most cords are approximately 4 feet in length and will have a grounded three prong plug. We recommend a GFI outlet, which are commonly found in bathrooms and have the red and black reset buttons. You can safely use a grounded extension cord with the bidet seat should you require it.
Congratulations! You are now ready to begin using your new bidet toilet seat! It takes most people less than 30 minutes to install their bidet seat. And if you run into any snags, you can always contact us here at bidetsPLUS for assistance. If you’re not sure if you need an elongated or round size unit, you can refer to our fitting guide to figure out your toilet size. It’s amazing to think it only takes about 30 minutes to install something that will provide you with years of health, hygiene and comfort. You can compare the different models using our comparison chart and get started on your own winter install today!