Helium available to buy Southern California

A colorless, odorless, tasteless, inert gas, Helium (He) is most often known as a light gas with heavy uses.

As a result of its inertness and its very low density, helium can be used in versatile applications in everything from lighter-than-aircraft to building the controlled environment necessary for manufacturing semiconducting devices and fiber optic cable.

In its liquid state, helium often is used in cooling metals about to absolute zero (-460 degrees Fahrenheit), the extreme temperature needed to cool MRI magnets and giving other metals superconducting properties.

We more often see helium around Southern California in our daily lives lifting balloons.

In higher purities, where the total assay of contaminants can be as low as 100 parts per billion (ppb), helium is the analytical choice as a carrier gas for chromatography.

Due to its small atomic size, helium is an important leak detection gas, as it easily diffuses through the smallest opening. Helium, in specialty mixtures with oxygen, has made possible deep-sea research diving avoiding risk of “the bends” by eliminating the need for nitrogen for breathing underwater.

Helium can be obtained in Southern California from WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment. We have helium in purities from standard commercial grades, ultra-high and ultra-carrier and research grades, in gas form from 3 to 300 cubic feet and liquid from 30 to 500-liters. To learn more about helium options in Southern California call WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment at 866-WESTAIR or reach out to us through our online form.