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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Is Duct Cleaning a Waste of Money?

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If you’re anything like the average homeowner, you probably don’t think very much about the air ducts sitting in your home. And this makes sense! After all, ductwork is purposefully hidden out of sight–it’s not very attractive after all. You shouldn’t really need to think about the state of your air ducts too much. However, on occasion, they’re going to need some attention. While it’s not necessary for you to know all the ins and outs of your ductwork (that’s what we’re here for), there are some things you should know about dirty ducts and how it impacts your indoor air quality, comfort, and HVAC efficiency.

When you’re ready to schedule professional duct cleaning, you needn’t look any further than our team–and no, it’s not a waste of money. Read on to learn why.

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Why Most Businesses Choose Rooftop HVAC Systems for Their Space

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It’s no secret that HVAC equipment isn’t the prettiest thing to look at. And depending on the size of your business or the commercial space you’re in, you may not even have the space for a large HVAC system. Plus, who really wants to see your HVAC unit when they walk into your business?

Fortunately, there is another option–rooftop units. These are packaged HVAC systems that are installed on rooftops that tie directly into your building’s ductwork. We’ve highlighted a few of the main benefits of installing rooftop units for your business below–read on!

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“What Is a SEER Rating and Does It Really Matter?”

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When you invest in a new air conditioner, you want to know it’s going to be a solid investment. After all, HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy the average home uses, which means they can be pretty expensive to operate from month-to-month, let alone the initial purchase.

What homeowners may not realize though, is that paying more for an air conditioner now, can mean lower bills throughout the lifetime of the system–and that’s what an investment is all about, right? Paying you back.

What is it that makes an air conditioner more expensive? There are a number of factors, actually, but one of them is the system’s SEER rating–or rather, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Read on to learn more about what this is and why it may matter to you!

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How an Air Purifier Helps Your Home

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When you hear the phrase “air quality,” you may likely think about the quality of the air outside, like mold or pollen levels. What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that their indoor air quality can actually be worse than that outdoors–and considering that these days we’re spending a lot more time in our homes, on average, it means homeowners and their households are at higher risk of seeing the ill effects of poor indoor air quality.

Fortunately, there are solutions to this. There are a number of products and services on the market today that can significantly help improve indoor air quality. One of these products is a whole-house air purifier–a system designed to draw particles out of the air so you can breathe a little easier.

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The Top 4 Signs Your AC Needs Repair

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Air conditioning repairs aren’t the most convenient thing to schedule for the average homeowner, but when you need them it’s not something you want to put off. We understand the temptation to do so! After all, if your air conditioner is still running and pumping out some cool air, that’s good enough right?

Trust us when we say you don’t want to settle for just “good enough.” This means you’re operating a system that might not be working as efficiently as possible, and so you’re paying more to use it… or it can mean exacerbating wear and tear that will eventually lead to a system breakdown.

Read on as we uncover some of the signs that you might be in need of AC repair, and then give us a call if you notice any of these indicators.

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How to Help Your Household Breathe a Little Easier

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How so? With the professional installation of a whole-house air filtration system or air purifier.

“But wait, doesn’t my HVAC system already have an air filter?”

Yes, it does! But this filter actually isn’t designed to protect your indoor air quality. Instead, it is designed to protect the interior components of your HVAC system. For true indoor air quality protection, you’ll want a little help. Read on to learn more!

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How to Prep Your AC for Spring

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What are some things you think about that are associated with spring? Spring cleaning? Spring training, if you’re a baseball fan? How about spring maintenance?

Wait, you mean that last one didn’t occur to you?

Here’s the thing–spring maintenance is absolutely essential for your air conditioner to work as efficiently and effectively as you’d expect, for as long as it should. It’s during this service that our professionals closely inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it while locating spots of wear and tear that could require repair.

Read on as we dive into the importance of this service!

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Possible End-Of-Season Furnace Repair Needs

February 21st, 2022
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Springtime is just around the corner–especially for those of us in Southern California who’ve never actually experienced a “real” winter. That said, you know as well as we do that a cold spell can surprise us, and even if it just lasts for a few days, you’ll want a fully functional furnace system to see you through. Plus, don’t you want to have a great furnace in place for next year, too?

If you had professional maintenance completed on your heating system this past fall, and also took care of any pending repair issues at that time, then you probably have little to worry about in terms of unexpected furnace repair needs. It’s a good idea, though, to be aware of signs of a furnace in disrepair, so that you can rely on it now and in the future. Read on to learn what some possible end-of-season furnace repair needs are, and call us if you notice any of these symptoms!

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“Will a Dirty Air Filter Hurt My Furnace?”

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If you’re one of many homeowners in our area who uses a furnace for your home’s heat, then you know how satisfying it is when the system kicks on and provides you with all the heat you need. True, it doesn’t get as cold here as it does in other parts of the country, but still, when you want your heater to work, you want your heater to work!

However, there are some things you might be doing that can have a negative impact on your furnace. For instance, not changing your air filter can lead to problems. We’re talking about the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC systems. These should be changed every 1-3 months depending on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your home. For example, a home with pet hair and/or cigarette smoke will have different needs than a home without either of these things.

But what really happens when you fail to change the air filter and instead leave a dirty filter in place? Read on to find out.

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Heed These Signs You Need Heater Repair

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If temperatures lately have been any indication, we may be one of the sunniest states in the country but our winters still get pretty cold for our tastes! Sure, it’s not snowing outside… but it’s cold enough to necessitate a powerful and efficient heating system.

So what if something is wrong with yours? Do you know what signs to watch for that might indicate something is wrong with yours?

First off, we want to mention the importance of maintenance. If you haven’t already had your professional furnace tune-up done this year, it’s not too late. Maintenance helps your heating system work as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. Plus, maintenance helps you avoid up to 85% of the repairs a heater might ever need.

Of course, maintenance doesn’t make your system immune to repair needs, which is why it’s important to know those indicators we alluded to above. Read on to learn a few signs that you might need professional heater repair sooner rather than later.

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