The Legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik

September 18th, 2018

Our beloved boss passed away and he will be greatly missed. We are thankful for his life and for sharing his wisdom with us so we can continue the business that he created that has served so many. RIP Doug, we love you.

The legendary Douglas Raymond Farnik, age 70, passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, from a severe heart attack at his home in Joshua Tree.

Doug was born in Havre, Montana, on Feb. 23, 1948, son of Joseph and Dorothy Farnik.

He was raised on a farm 8 miles north of a small rural town, Hingham, population 150.

He loved animals: cows, pigs, chickens, his horse Sye and especially dogs. He helped his dad on the wheat farm from an early age, learning to operate all kinds of equipment. His mother, Dorothy, started him playing the keyboards at age 9, going 100 miles one way to Great Falls once a week for lessons. Doug played organ at Inverness Supper Club with his mother on Saturday nights when he was a teenager. He continued to perform and played almost every weekend and New Year’s Eve until recent years.

He graduated high school from Hingham High in 1966. He played basketball, did many science projects and acted in several plays. His high school selected Doug to go to Montana Boys State. American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students.

He attended the College of Great Falls and the University of Montana in Missoula to pursue his pharmacy degree while playing music at country clubs and bars, making many lifelong friends. In Missoula, the band OPUS 3 was formed. In 1969, the OPUS 3 moved to the LA area to join a show band called The Rising Generation, which toured the United States and Canada and appeared with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Red Skelton. The Rising Generation did a USO tour during the Vietnam War where he played in Guam, the Philippines, Korea and Japan.

In 1972, he began his career in the appliance/central air, construction business, which he has been currently running for over 45 years. In 1983, he married the love of his life, JoNell, while living in Whittier. In 1990, they moved to Joshua Tree, and continued to live in both cities for 28 years.

He enjoyed cooking, reading, gardening, entertaining, traveling, mentoring, solving problems, building houses and listening to jazz music and was a private pilot. His travels and cruises took him all over the world and he especially enjoyed the Czech Republic’s food and beer; that was where his grandfather immigrated from. Most of all, Doug enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially the grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife, JoNell; his children, Jennifer Ciccone (Harold), Jimmy Meyer, Melody Farnik and Billy Meyer (Sarah); his brothers Jerome (Marilyn) and Michael (Denise); nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Eddy and his favorite dog, Togo.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sportsman’s Club at 6225 Sunburst St., in Joshua Tree.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Doug to his daughter’s nonprofit: animalactionleague.us or P.O. Box 1413, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

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Choosing an Air Purifier for Your Home

April 5th, 2021
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Did you know that the quality of the air in your home could actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors? In fact, this is true for most homes—especially those that don’t have the right indoor air quality solutions in place.

Today’s modern homes are designed with air conditioning and heating efficiency in mind. This means that they are built tightly so they don’t let any conditioned air out, or outside air into the home. This is fantastic for your HVAC costs every year, but it’s not great for your air quality. Among the numerous products and services we have to help with this is a whole-house air purifier.

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Here’s How to Boost Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

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Were you aware that the quality of the air inside your Whittier area home can actually be worse than that of outdoors? That is, unless you have the right indoor air quality solutions in place.

Chances are, you understand that dusty air is “bad.” It’s something you shouldn’t breathe in, and you probably keep your home pretty clean to account for that. But keeping a clean home isn’t the only contributing factor to improving your indoor air quality. In fact, poor IAQ can only add to your efforts of keeping a clean house!

There are contaminants and allergens to consider, as well as humidity levels. These all play a role in not only your household’s comfort but the efficiency and efficacy of your HVAC systems, too. Reach on to learn more…

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4 Heating Repairs You May Need Near the End of the Season

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Wintertime temperatures are slowly but surely making way for warmer weather. However, with temps staying in the upper 60s and low 70s for now, nobody is likely to be turning on their air conditioners real soon. Your heater still has some time left before you can stop using it, but do you know if it will make it until the end of the heating season?

The answer to this depends on a number of things—the biggest factor being if your heater is in need of repairs. If your system does need repairs, the best thing you can do is give our team a call. But how do you know when you have that need? Read on as we uncover some of the top warning signs.

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4 Ways to Improve Commercial Indoor Air Quality

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Were you aware that indoor air can actually be more polluted than the air outdoors? This isn’t just true for homes throughout Whittier and beyond, but businesses and commercial spaces, as well. There are a number of allergens and pollutants that travel through the air, and without the right commercial IAQ products in place, it could be unhealthy and uncomfortable for employees, tenants, customers, etc.

Fortunately, we provide a number of solutions to your indoor air quality needs here at Greenleaf. You may find one of them to be the solution you need or you could discover you need some combination of them. Read on to learn about four specific ways you can improve the commercial indoor air quality of your property!

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Heat Your Home with Optimal Efficiency

February 8th, 2021
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Heating in Long Beach, CA, may not be as hot a topic as air conditioning. Summer weather is just more extreme than our winters are. But that is definitely no excuse for excusing problems with your home heating system. And that includes unusually high heating costs! If you’re paying too much for your heating when you use it, it doesn’t really matter how much you use it.

Heating doesn’t come for free, but it shouldn’t be a financial drain, either. In today’s blog post, we are going to look at some of the ways in which you can help to keep your home heating costs in check. When temperatures are too cold for comfort, we want you to reach for the thermostat without fear of the bill that is going to be coming your way next month.

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3 Signs That You Need an Air Purifier

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Too many homeowners think that the temperature of the air in their homes is the end all, be of all of their comfort experience. 

To this we say—enough! Stop overlooking the quality of the air in your home.

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3 Ways That Ductless Heating Can Save Money

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There is no wrong way to heat a house (assuming you’re using an actual heating system, of course—not burning scrap wood in a barrel or relying on cooking appliances to do the job!). But the biggest mistake that homeowners make when it comes to how they heat their homes is simply not doing their homework ahead of time.

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5 Tips To Start the Year With Better Energy Efficiency

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The weather around Long Beach has been pretty nice lately. Lots of sunlight can make you forget that temperatures are going to take a big dip come sunset. And when things get cold you need to be able to enjoy a warm home courtesy of your heating system. But have your energy bills made you think twice about turning that heater on lately? If so, we want to help.

Poor energy efficiency is often a sign of a problem with your Long Beach, CA heating system–but there are other factors that can help or hinder your comfort too. Use the tips below to make sure you get the best efficiency from your heater and your home to kick off the new year.

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3 Reasons You Can’t Miss Furnace Maintenance!

December 14th, 2020
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We understand that the warm, sunny weather that we enjoy for so much of the year here in California is one of the major benefits of living here. We’ve got a serious word of warning to share, though—don’t get complacent! Sure, our winters are not nearly as extreme as in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a great performance from your heating system.

If you use a furnace to heat your house, you absolutely need to schedule professional furnace maintenance in Whittier, CA. The good news is that you’re reading this, so you’re already a step ahead. Not only can our technicians handle your maintenance needs properly, but we also offer 3 levels of our outstanding maintenance program. When you have our number, you’ll never need another. At least, not for heating purposes!

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3 Reasons to Consider Heating Your Home with a Heat Pump

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One thing is for certain in this day and age. You are at no shortage of options when it comes to the ways in which you may choose to heat and cool your home. With the chilliest weather of the year fast-approaching, it is definitely time to start thinking about that heating topic.

Of course, with a heat pump, you don’t need to think specifically about just either heating or cooling. You can think about them at the same time. More on that below. Just remember that no matter what system you use to heat your home, you’ll only get the best that it has to offer when you work with skilled, trained professionals.

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