How do you choose which balloons to buy for your event? Both latex and foil balloons can be filled with either helium or air and both come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to go with helium-filled or air-filled balloons.

Float Time

Helium is less dense than air so helium-filled balloons typically rise higher than air-filled balloons and float effortlessly. That makes helium a good choice if you want dramatic party decorations like a bunch of balloons floating over each table. Float time for helium-filled latex balloons is about 8–10 hours (longer if treated with Hi-Float). Float time for helium-filled foil or Mylar balloons is usually about three to four days. Some balloon brands can stay inflated for up to three weeks. …


You may have heard reports of a global shortage of helium or that the helium market will be tight in 2019. Fluctuations in the helium supply are nothing new. About three quarters of the global helium supply comes from the U.S. and a move by Congress in 1996 to privatize the Federal Helium Program has been cited as a cause for disruptions and instability in the availability and price of helium [1]. In addition, worldwide refinery equipment failures and increased demand for helium from newly industrialized countries such as China, exacerbates the shortage. …


Balloons definitely mean party! Floating helium-filled balloons add that special decorative excitement to any kind of celebration. Do you want to bring the fun and excitement of balloons to your event? Consider renting a helium tank and filling balloons yourself. Here are some reasons to do so.

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Suits Any Occasion

People rent helium tanks to fill balloons for all kinds of celebrations. Birthday and graduation parties, wedding receptions, and baby showers immediately come to mind. Then there are grand openings, ribbon cuttings, and other corporate events. Whatever you want to celebrate, helium-filled balloons add a special something to it. You can use balloons to make sculptures, centerpieces, bouquets or other more elaborate decorations to create a party theme limited only by your imagination. …


Any type of balloon can be filled with helium. Balloons vary by material, shape, size and purpose — from small decorative balloons and toys to large parade balloons, weather balloons or airships. As long as the balloon is made of non-porous material it will hold helium. Whether to use helium depends on what you want to do with the balloon. If you are using small balloons to twist into animal shapes, you probably want to use air. If you want the balloon to float, then you should use helium. Weather balloons and airships need to float. The most common balloons that are filled with helium are latex and foil/Mylar party balloons. …


Are you looking for helium refill near you? When choosing helium suppliers, there’s a lot more to consider than cost. Here are some key things to consider.

Helium Expertise

Look for a supplier who is an expert on helium and how it is used. Your supplier should be able to explain the different grades of helium and the uses of each so you understand exactly what you need. An expert on the gas should be familiar with all of its properties as well as safety and equipment requirements for handling, usage, and storage of helium gas and cylinders. Expertise on safety and compliance requirements is very important. …


Are you planning a wedding, graduation party, or birthday party? Balloons add a decorative touch and bring a party theme together. Helium balloons stay inflated longer than air-filled balloons, and helium for balloons is easy to obtain.

Compare cost, float time, and variety of shapes for your perfect choice.

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Latex balloons inflated with Helium

Latex balloons are the most common and cost effective. They come in a huge variety of colors and usually inflate to around 9–10 inches. Some people have an allergic reaction to latex, so be sure to check with your guests beforehand. Plan to inflate latex balloons 1–2 hours before the party. Over-inflated latex balloons are more likely to pop, so be careful. Float time for latex balloons is about 8–10 hours. …

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American Gas Products

An industrial and specialty gas supplier, AGP serves retail and wholesale Helium customers throughout the continental U.S. especially for the balloon industry.

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