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    The ideal fan location is at the center of a room and at least 18-inches away from any wall, although 3-feet or more is recommended. Also, a ceiling fan needs a minimum of 8-inches of clear space above it in order to produce its rated full volume of air. Blades closer to the ceiling reduce air volume and fan efficiency. So a ceiling fan in a room with less than a seven-foot ten-inch ceiling, will have to sacrifice either air flow or safety of the room occupants. 

    We call out the bottom edge of fan blades below seven-feet as a safety defect in a home inspection report, and they occur most often in budget mobile homes with a ceiling height below eight-feet. See our blog posts “Do you check the ceiling fans?” and “Why are my ceiling fan blades drooping?” to learn more.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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