When it comes to parties, weddings, or other fun occasions, one thing you’ll really need to complete the atmosphere is the presence of Balloons. However, there is more than just the average balloon that hurts your cheeks as you struggle to blow it up. We’re going to take you through some of the standard and helium balloons that exist out there for your occasion.
What are the types of balloons?
As you read this article, you will proceed from low quality to high quality, so I’ll start with the Standard Latex Balloons. These balloons are the standard “good quality” balloons. They’re also the ones that give you giant headaches and throbbing jaws from blowing up the whole packet for a kid’s birthday party. Being filled with mostly oxygen, these balloons won’t float on their own accord, so these tend to be used with plastic balloons sticks and cup/holders to give the illusion that they’re floating (they also make great harmless play-weapons, providing the right end is used to attack). These balloons can, however, be inflated with helium if you so wish, but since the skin is not designed for helium, they will have a shorter lasting time if being inflated with helium. These balloons can last for 8-10 hours, a bit longer than an average party.
This brings us to our next breed of balloons, the Helium Latex Balloons. As the name suggests, the design of the balloons makes it perfect for helium inflation. Made from a more premium quality latex than the standard latex balloon, they can withhold the air inside (in this case, Helium) for much longer. Hence, this balloon lasts much longer than Standard Latex Balloons and also has its own float. These balloons also last for 8-10 hours, so if you’re deciding between Standard Latex or Helium Latex, it really depends on whether you want floating balloons or those at the end of the plastic stick.
Safety and caution
Now, we all know how amusing it is to inhale helium and start talking in that hilarious chipmunk voice, but it is best not to inhale helium at all. There are many health issues with this, the most minor one being a damaged throat, but there are much worse out there. The baseline is not to inhale any Helium at all, and most definitely not straight out of the helium tank.
Credits: Koch Blog