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by Hunter Kissam June 24, 2022 3 min read

Even as we need to rapidly transition away from fossil fuels, the gas furnace industry is expected to see a demand of around 100 million by 2025. This is while there are even safer, greener, and more affordable options available for consumers.

If you aren’t ready to spend $10,000 on a new furnace or heat pump system, but you still want to become more energy independent and environmentally friendly, then we can help you. Let’s compare gas and oil furnaces with Martin propane heaters.

Natural Gas vs Propane

First of all, let’s start with the elephant in the room; is propane really better than gas? Surprisingly, yes. Although propane is considered a fossil fuel, it comes with substantially fewer greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas or oil, making it a much cleaner and safer energy source.

Also, with gas and electricity prices at all-time highs, propane is remaining more stable than other fuel sources in terms of price. On top of that, propane is more efficient than oil, offering an average of 18% savings after switching. It’s also readily available for home delivery in most of the US and Canada.

In terms of safety, propane is non-toxic and will not harm your water or soil. With Matin propane heaters, you can also rest assured that there will be no toxic emissions coming into your home during use, which is not guaranteed with residential furnaces.

Gas Furnace vs Martin Propane Heater

In terms of emissions, not only does propane emit less carbon, but it’s also more efficient than natural gas, reducing your carbon footprint even further. From there, here’s the difference between the two heating systems as it applies to every homeowner!


Every gas furnace runs the risk of carbon monoxide buildup and poisoning in your home. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, this could be lethal. Carbon monoxide from gas furnaces is responsible for killing hundreds of people every year and causing thousands more to be hospitalized.

On the other hand, Martin direct vent heaters have strong exhaust systems that remove all emissions, and propane is a non-toxic fuel source to use in your home.

Cost Breakdown

Propane costs can vary widely by state, date, or company, but so can natural gas! However, with an increase in efficiency and the ability to only heat the areas you need to be heated, Martin wall heaters are cheaper in the long run.

In the short term, a new furnace could run anywhere from $6,000 to $14,000 for installation, whereas Martin heaters can start at $611 and work up to $1,040 for the largest model.

Full-Home Heating

Martin Wall Heater Comparison Chart Propane and Natural Gas

In terms of heating an entire home with one system, furnaces have the edge over everything else, including wood stoves, heat pumps, or really anything. Unless you have electric baseboards, a furnace is the best way to heat an entire home.

However, for a home with 5 rooms, you can still buy a Martin wall heater for every room forless than the cost of a new furnace installation. You can even install them yourself to save more!

Off-Grid Life

For a small cabin, it wouldn’t make sense to pay to install a furnace or electric heating system, making Martin the clear choice. There’s no electricity required for operation, allowing for off-grid heat. Feel free to read our full review for more information!

Buy a Martin Propane Heater Today

Now that you know how Martin wall heaters compare to gas furnaces, you can see why they are so popular. Whether you want to heat your off-grid cabin or change the heating system in your home, consider buying a Martin heater today for free shipping and a price match guarantee!
Hunter Kissam
Hunter Kissam

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