small business ventilation program

Get Up To $5,000 For Keeping Your Staff & Customers Safe

About the Small Business Ventilation Program?

The Victorian government Small Business Ventilation Program was launched to help small businesses improve building ventilation in areas accessible to customers and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Under the program, two types of support will be available:

Ventilation Rebate – a $500 rebate for public-facing small businesses to undertake immediate actions such as purchasing equipment or hiring a qualified tradesperson to undertake minor services to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.

Ventilation Grant – Matched grants of $1000 to $5000 to enable public-facing small businesses who employ staff to invest in larger projects such as building works, engaging professional services or equipment to improve ventilation in areas accessible to customers.

Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Grant and Ventilation Rebate will close for applications at 11:00pm on Thursday 8 September 2022.

Packages for every business size and needs

Whether you are a small 5 people team or a large multi-level retail store, we have a package for you 

Package 1

For office or retail spaces with small team and foot traffic.
  • Coverage: Up to 800sqm
  • Chat rooms: 1 to 2 spaces
  • Capacity: Small (5 - 10 people)
  • $3,915* potential savings
(before any grants or rebates)

Package 2

For large spaces with medium to high foot traffic such as pubs, gyms and retail
  • Coverage: Up to 1,200sqm
  • Chat rooms: 2 to 4 spaces
  • Capacity: Medium (20 - 30 people)
  • $5,000* potential savings
(before any grants or rebates)

Package 3

For large spaces divided into multiple levels or rooms
  • Coverage: Up to 1,500sqm
  • Chat rooms: 4 to 6 spaces
  • Capacity: Large (50+ people)
  • $5,000* potential savings
(before any grants or rebates)

*Westlab is not responsible or liable for the purchasing decision of our customers. Please visit the official Small Business Ventilation Program website to learn whether your business meets the requirements and eligibility criteria set by the Victoria Government.

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Reasons for trusting Aeris air purifier technology for your team and customers' wellbeing

  • Captures and destroys 99.95% at 0.1 microns.
  • Removes allergens, smoke, odours, VOCs, and much more
  • Built-in AI & AQI monitor
  • For rooms 70 m2, purifying the room 4 times/hour
  • For rooms 140 m2, purifying the room 2 times/hour
  • Ozone free
  • Control unlimited units from aeris Fleet app
  • Certified true HEPA 13 filter
  • 12 month easy filter changeover

Cleans air 2x faster than other leading air purifiers

Third party tests show a 99.95% reduction of pollutants in just 10 minutes. aeris purifiers show a 40-50% better pressure drop, cleaning your air quicker than the competition.

Whisper quiet

No amount of quality air purification will increase productivity if your air purifiers make noise. aeris air purifiers work at a whisper quiet level, allowing your employees to do the work while your purifiers do theirs.

Completely closed and safe system

Unlike other air purifiers on the market, aeris air purifiers don’t leak. Due to their completely closed systems, once a dangerous pollutant is captured there’s no chance it gets out.

Control your purifier from anywhere

Use the aeris app to get full insight and control over your indoor air quality from anywhere in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HEPA filtration and why do we need it in student settings?

Most people catch COVID-19 by inhaling it from shared air, and infectious particles often linger for hours in the air of indoor spaces. Simple and relatively low cost air purifiers with HEPA filters have been shown to clear potentially infectious aerosols quickly and effectively.

HEPA air purifiers work by mechanical filtration — they force air through a fine mesh which traps particles. Off-the-shelf air purifiers with HEPA filters can remove more than 99.95% of all particle sizes down to 0.30-1.0 microns (one millionth of a metre).

This means they can help filter airborne viruses, bacteria, and tiny particles known as “particulate matter” from bushfire or pollen. They can’t completely eliminate COVID-19 transmission, but they can help reduce the risk especially when used with other best practices like wearing masks and other public health measures.

During a pandemic of an airborne disease like COVID-19, nearly all unvaccinated individuals will eventually be infected. Most children in Australia are currently unvaccinated. If they are not protected, 1-3% of unvaccinated Australian children may become hospitalised with COVID-19, and more may suffer from ongoing symptoms lasting for a year or more. Paediatric wards, hospitals and health systems may become overwhelmed. School closures and educational disruption are likely.

Does HEPA filtration replace natural ventilation?

Even if ventilation in a school already meets current building standards, additional air filtration from a portable device can help reduce the potential for COVID-19 transmission. Portable HEPA air filters are easy to use and HEPA filtration is a proven technology. A quiet unit (or combination of smaller units) can increase the number of air changes by at least 3 to 5 times in an 75m2 classroom, and are less taxing on electrical systems than a portable air conditioner. Increasing the number of air changes per hour may substantially reduce aerosol transmission risks.

What should I look for and what should I avoid?

HEPA filtration traps aerosols from the air passing through it. Due to the high demand for true HEPA, there are a number of inferior products entering the market. These should be avoided. They include products that include filters called ‘HEPA like’ or use electrostatic precipitators or ion generation in addition to a filter. These should not be used as the addition of free radicals, or ozone etc. can aggravate respiratory conditions. Further, they provide no additional benefit to a HEPA filter.

How do I calculate what I need?

Generally, it is recommended that a filtration unit achieves 3-4 air changes per hour in a given space.

The Aeris 3-in-1 has an airflow of 660m3 per hour which means it will provide up to four air changes per hour based on a room capacity of 170m3 (70m2, 2.4m ceiling)

The smaller Aair Lite offers up to 300m3 per hour and four air changes per hour in a room capacity of 84m3 (35m2, 2.4m ceiling)

Are air filters noisy?

The Aeris 3-in-1 has an average decibel rating of 42dB which is acceptable in a classroom setting. It is important to check specifications across the various brands as some domestic brands tend to be very noisy.

How often should I replace the filters?

Aeris HEPA filters only require replacing every 12 months which means a low ongoing cost and minimal hassle with the changeover.

End users can easily replace the filters and no specialist technical support is required.

Domestic style units generally recommend a 6 month changeover.

These filters trap microbes, how safe are they to remove and replace?

A non-toxic Zinc-Pyrithion treatment on all our filters kills trapped viruses and bacteria. This means filters can be changed safely with no risk of contamination to the user.

Do HEPA filters need to be certified?

Yes, HEPA filters should have certification as a true HEPA filter from an accredited lab.

Aeris units have been further tested by the University of Melbourne and recommended by the Clean Air Schools program.

Test reports are available online or on request.

Do the Aeris filter units have a warranty?

24 months for your piece of mind!

Are these available in Australia?

Yes! Westlab is the exclusive stockist and distributor of Aeris in AU and NZ. We have weekly shipments arriving of approximately 2000 units pw.

There is also backup stock available for regular orders so speak to our team to discuss your needs and timeframes

How much does the Aeris air filters cost?

We know that price is highly important. That's why we welcome you to contact us, share your requirements and we'll assist you in choosing the right product, quantities. Based on these we then prepare a quote and availability

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