Sensor Taps are becoming the “new normal” in many workplaces and public areas. They significantly reduce the spread of germs in restrooms because there is no need to physically touch them.
Touchless faucets can actually promote hand washing because they provide an easy and fun way to get water. Just simply put your hands in front of the sensor, and water comes out automatically. Remove your hands and the faucet will automatically turn itself off. It becomes easier for everyone to wash hands, especially when you’re busy or in a hurry.
Touchless faucets have fewer parts, with no handles, and are easily cleaned. Simply wipe the water spout with a disinfecting cleaner or wipe it each day, as well as the sink. Keeping your touchless faucet clean should be a snap, considering that it doesn’t need to be touched in any way to operate.
How Do Automatic Faucets Work?
Sensor faucets enable totally hands-free operations via a sensor that detects the presence of hands or other objects. When the sensor detects motion, it triggers the solenoid valve to turn on and allow water to flow out through the spout. Sensor faucets are simple in design, needing only four components to work.
The Infrared Sensor
The infrared sensor detects the object within a default sensing range and triggers the valve. Most use infrared light or ultrasonic energy to detect the left of the object, which shuts off the valve. These sensors are typically located at the spout or base of the faucet, so they can easily detect the object without any obstructions.
The Solenoid Valve
The solenoid valve is what actually allows the flow of water when it is needed. It operates in conjunction with the sensor, which triggers an opening or closing action on the valve. Most solenoid valves in automatic faucets consist of a rubber-like disc.
Automatic faucets require electricity to operate that run on batteries or requires a nearby electrical socket. This is an important consideration when choosing auto faucets for your particular application, both in your home and your business.
The Faucet Body
This component contains the sensor eye and channels the water flow into the sink for use. This is the portion that gains the most attention, because it is available in different materials, styles, and sizes to fit a variety of sinks and applications.