What You Need To Know About Sensor Technology
Enviro-Tech is committed to supplying our customers with great products of the highest quality. But we believe that there are some things that you need to know before you make the move to sensor technology, as sometimes 'third party' factors can affect how our sensor products work.
These factors are outside the scope of our responsibility, but we share our experience with you to help you choose the right product. It is recommended that you read all the product information on this website carefully and if you are unsure whether or not a product is suitable, please contact us for advice.
The working mechanism of a sensor tap is quite different from that of a standard tap and may behave a little differently. All our sensor taps are highly water efficient, with a 6-Star WELS rating so the flow will be less than you are used to.
Most of our sensor taps are cold water feed only and require a separate mixing valve to premix and deliver warm water for hand-washing. We can supply an isolating mixing valve that is compatible with our solenoid control box. The ET-HCV acts as an isolating valve and regulates water pressure and temperature. We always recommend talking to your Plumber before before making a purchase.
Installation of Sensor Taps
You must make sure that all pipework is flushed properly, particularly in new builds or where lines have been disrupted. Components of sensor taps are particularly susceptible to debris and will require a more thorough flushing than a standard plumbing fixture. Failure to flush the lines properly will result in blocked or leaking valves (check/solenoid) or a tap dripping soon after installation and is NOT covered by the Enviro-Tech warranty.
Different Tap Finishes
The standard finish on most of our taps is polished chrome. Polished chrome is classic and timeless, it's durable, easy to clean and matches well with other fixtures and accessories.
The demand for alternative colour fixtures and fittings led us to introduce a matt-black and bright gold finish on two of our most popular models. Other bespoke finishes available on a special order basis. Bespoke orders are manufactured in Australia to the highest standards and will surely add interest and impact to your setting. But before selecting an alternative finish, think about how and by whom your tap will be used and consider the following:
Black finishes; dark colours can show water and soap marks and can be more difficult to maintain.
Brass; can lose its lustre over time.
Shiny Copper and Bright Gold; may require a little more maintenance to maintain the high shine finish.
Sensor Toilet Valves
If you wish to use an in-wall cistern, then the ET4-40 toilet system is a fantastic option. Incredible LED sensor technology has allowed us to create the this stunning black glass electronic face plate which is no-touch, 'swipe on/swipe off' operation.
There is easy access to all components through the face plate and it flushes automatically if someone forgets to flush. It also has a manual pneumatic override button that ensures you can always flush in the event of a power outage.
For the ET4-7, a minimum dynamic water pressure of at least 350Kpa is crucial for effective operation. These sensor-operated flush valves are very water-efficient and only use a little water to flush, which is why water pressure is so important.
We strongly recommend that the 4-star flush valves be installed with an approved 4 star WELS toilet suite. If pairing with a toilet of a lesser star rating, we suggest you use our 3-star WELS alternative (ET4-7.3). We would recommend that you consult a qualified Plumber to discuss your installation prior to any purchase.
Smart Demand Sensor Urinals
The ET3-M flush valve is our most water-efficient model with Smart Demand flush and a 6-star WELS rating. There are no visible parts, the valve is usually concealed in-wall behind the urinal so it is ideal if you require a seamless finish in you bathroom. The sensor is simply attached to the rear, underside of the ceramic urinal; and detects the vibration of liquid flowing on the urinal surface.
Other great 5 Star WELS options are available: our ceiling mounted sensor urinal flush valve which is suitable for multiple or slab urinals or a simple infra-red sensor urinal flush valve for use with individual urinals.
The Limitations of Sensor Technology
With all infra-red sensors, strong light and reflective surfaces can interfere with functionality. This is not a product fault. Some sensor tap models, especially those with downward-facing sensors, are more susceptible to interference than others and are not recommended for use with stainless steel sinks or for use in particularly bright environments. We recommended you read the product literature and specifications thoroughly before making your purchase.
High Visibility Clothing
In our experience, high-vis clothing can cause sensors in some tap and urinal flush valves to activate. Prolonged exposure of the sensors to high-vis clothing can cause the sensor to malfunction and may cause permanent damage.
Your Choice of Accessories
Accessories such as sinks, basins, mirrors, and tiles are made from many different materials and finishes, some of which may trigger an infra-red sensor to act abnormally. Please make sure that the design of any such accessory choice is compatible with infra-red technology.