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Buy the Right Size

Select a fan with the appropriate span: 36 inches for rooms up to 100 square feet, 42 inches for up to 200 square feet, 52 inches for up to 400 square feet, and either one 60-inch fan or two 52- or 56-inch fans for rooms larger than 400 square feet. When installing two fans, place one at each quarter point along the room's long axis. In all cases, there should be at least 18 inches of clearance from walls.

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