Updated January 18, 2024

The cost to install a ductless air conditioner in Iowa ranges from $4,000 to $20,000, with the average being $5,000.

Wondering how the price can vary so much?

The cost to install a ductless AC depends on three main things:

  • The energy efficiency rating
  • The number of rooms you need to cool
  • The contractor you hire

In this blog, we’ll explore each of these factors to help you anticipate the expense of installation.

Need an exact estimate for your ductless AC? We are always happy to help. Learn more about our ductless AC installation services and contact us by phone at (515) 517-6557 or contact us online to schedule installation service.

The energy efficiency rating

Ductless air conditioners with higher SEER ratings have lower operational costs but are typically more expensive to install.

Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings judge the energy efficiency of a ductless system. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the AC system is.

Although buying an energy-efficient AC is more expensive to install, you can reduce your AC energy use by 20-50%, which will lower your utility bills significantly.

In Iowa, we recommend going with a ductless AC system with a SEER rating of at least 14. If you want to speak with a pro about it, a technician at Golden Rule can help you determine whether a high-efficiency AC is worth the investment and, if so, what SEER rating is best for your home and budget.

The number of rooms you need to cool

The more indoor AC units you want, the higher the installation cost will be.

A ductless air conditioning system has two main components: an outdoor condenser and an indoor unit. Unlike a central AC system, a ductless AC pumps cooled air directly into your home instead of delivering it via ducts.

When you install a ductless AC system, you’ll need one outdoor unit and one indoor unit for each room you want to be cooled. Each outdoor unit can pair with up to eight indoor units. For example, if you’re going to cool your living room, kitchen, and master bedroom, you’ll need to install an outdoor unit and three indoor units.

The more rooms you want to cool, the more expensive the installation will be.

The contractor you hire

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Typically, a highly experienced contractor will charge more than a less experienced one.

Before jumping to accept the first low estimate you receive, it’s essential to shop around and find a well-qualified, highly recommended HVAC contractor to install your ductless AC. After all, a new air conditioner is a significant investment. You’ll want to make sure the installation is done correctly to avoid expensive repairs caused by installation errors.

To find an experienced and trustworthy contractor in Iowa, look for one that:

  • Has glowing reviews from customers on sites like Facebook and Google
  • Is licensed and insured
  • Has 10+ years of HVAC experience
  • Will provide a written estimate for the installation

Need an estimate for ductless AC installation in Iowa?

Golden Rule can help. Our friendly and respectful techs go out of their way to ensure you’re 100% satisfied with your ductless AC installation service. With honest and fair upfront pricing and exceptionally trained techs, you’ll quickly see why so many Iowa homeowners rely on us for their HVAC needs.

Call us at (515) 517-6557 or contact us online to schedule your installation service.

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