What Sensors Are Used in Automatic Doors?

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Whether you are thinking about investing in an automatic door for your home or for your business, you may be interested to know how exactly they work before making your purchasing decision.


Although you may already know that the majority of automatic doors work using sensors, you may not know that there are many different types of sensors and that each one is suited to different purposes. 


From radar to pressure, motion to movement, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about what sensors are used in automatic doors and how you can pick the right one for your door needs.


Radar Movement Sensors

When it comes to automatic sliding door sensors, radar movement sensors are not one of the most innovative options. With the ability to sense when someone or something is near a door and what direction they are coming from, they can’t, unfortunately, detect someone if they are standing still. 


Pressure Sensors

As the name suggests, pressure sensors work by detecting the weight of an object or person. Once they have determined the weight, they will then send a signal to the automatic door, instructing it to open. Typically, pressure sensors come as a floor mat that reacts to the pressure of the person or pet standing on it. 


Motion Sensors 

One of the most popular and modern options on the market, this type of automatic sliding door detects the motion of someone or something moving, which then triggers the door to open. Motion sensors, also known as optical sensors, are a good option if you are looking for an effective, safe and trustworthy door that will also look sleek and stylish in your home. 


You can also control this type using a wireless push button door opener, providing even more convenience and flexibility for your new automatic door. 


In terms of the sliding door cost, although the initial investment may seem high, you can find some great deals, and you also need to remember that you will save money on your energy bills and increase the overall value of your home. 


Passive Infrared Movement Sensors

These types of sensors use infrared technology to remember the image of their surroundings, and therefore, when an image changes, such as a person walks past, they send a signal to the automatic doors, causing them to open and close. 


Active Infrared Sensors

Also, using infrared technology, active infrared sensors work using receiver chips and a transmitter that detects whether the transmitter is emitting light from a person or object. A popular option for commercial buildings as this type of sensor offers enhanced security. 


Why Choose an Automatic Door?

If you are thinking of investing in an automatic door for either your home or your business but you are not entirely convinced that this is the right choice for you, take a look at the below benefits of automatic doors:


a) Reduced heating and cooling costs 


b) Better accessibility 


c) Improved security 


d) Better hygiene control


e) Space-saving 


f) Easy to use and maintain 


g) Improved image