Helium vs Hot Air Balloons: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably come across the terms “helium-filled balloon” and “air-filled balloon” before, but what exactly do they mean? Understanding the differences between these two balloon variations can be helpful if you are looking to purchase balloons for decorations or as gifts. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about helium and hot air balloons.

 1. Ability to Float

Helium is lighter than air, so helium-filled balloons can stay afloat effortlessly and for longer periods of time than air-filled balloons. This makes helium balloons an excellent choice if you’re planning to have floating balloon decorations for birthday parties or weddings.

On the other hand, air-filled balloons cannot really float. However, they still work wonderfully as wall decor for fun parties. Simply hang them up or tape them to the wall. Air-filled balloons are also great for building balloon arches and bouquets.

 2. Lasting Power

One of the most significant differences between helium and hot air balloons is the lasting power. Air-filled balloons can stay inflated for up to a week or even a few months with proper care, while helium-filled balloons usually start to deflate after a day. This is because helium molecules are extremely small and can escape easily from the balloon.

To ensure that your helium balloons can stay inflated for as long as possible, avoid bringing them outdoors. The heat outside could affect the balloon material and increase the rate at which helium escapes from the balloon.

To get the most of air-filled balloons, make sure to keep them away from sharp objects and surfaces, and avoid hitting them with blunt force.

3. Cost

When deciding between helium-filled and air-filled balloons, keep in mind that helium-filled balloons are typically more expensive than air-filled ones. That said, you should also consider how you want to use the balloons and how long you need them for.

If you are intending to decorate a party with floating balloons, you will have to opt for helium-filled balloons instead of air-filled ones. However, if you are looking for something that can last for a longer period of time, air-filled balloons will be a more cost-effective choice.

4. Variety

Both helium-filled and air-filled balloons can be customised and decorated with printed designs. However, air-filled balloons are more limited in terms of the shapes available as it is more difficult to fill a unique shape with air.

On the other hand, you will be able to find helium balloons in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures. These balloons are usually made of foil and come in any shape that you can think of – animals, cartoon characters, everyday objects, food – you name it. For example, Bearloon’s theme balloons come in more than 150 designs suitable for a variety of occasions, including birthdays, proposals, anniversaries and more. Talk about being spoilt for choice!

Even though air-filled balloons are restricted in terms of shape, it doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Bearloon’s hot air balloons come with delightful additions like flower bouquets, snack boxes and even wine! The best part is, you have the option of adding personalised text and printed designs on the balloon. Coupled with the fact that air-filled balloons can last up to a few months with proper care, we think that these hot air balloon hampers will make wonderful and memorable gifts for all occasions.

Ready to start shopping for balloons? Browse Bearloon SG’s catalogue for an extensive range of balloon products, including helium balloons, balloon bouquets, hot air balloon hampers and more.