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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How’s the State of Your Indoor Air Quality?

September 6th, 2021

Perhaps your home seems to be comfortable “enough.” So, if someone asks you how your indoor air quality is, your response might be, “I don’t know, I guess it’s fine.” If this is indeed your response, have you really ever thought about how your indoor air quality and overall comfort could be much better than fine?

If you don’t already have indoor air quality systems in your home, then it’s likely that something is missing.

There are a number of indoor air quality products and services we offer that can benefit your home, with one of the most popular choices for homeowners being the whole-house air purifier.

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Caring for Your Business’s Server Room

August 23rd, 2021
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When you run a business, you obviously have many things to think about. There’re your profits, the cost to run your establishment, your employees’ morale, your customer service, etc. So the last thing that’s probably on your mind is your office’s server room, right? Unless you are an IT company, you likely don’t give it much thought at all.

Unfortunately, neglecting this area of your business can have terrible consequences, which we’ll get to below. Read on to learn more, and turn to us when you want quality, reliable, server room cooling!

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Are You Believing One or More of These AC Myths?

August 9th, 2021
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There are some pretty harmless myths out there… like how the level of heartburn a woman has will determine how much hair their baby will be born with or how walking under a ladder will give you bad luck.

Alright, we’re not totally saying these myths are untrue, and if you want to continue to believe them that’s perfectly fine! But believing air conditioner myths could actually do the system harm, in addition to harming your comfort and your budget.

Read on as we uncover a few of the biggest AC myths and what problems could come out of believing them.

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Here’s Why Your Commercial AC Needs Maintenance

July 26th, 2021
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Whether you’ve been a residential customer of ours, previous commercial customer, or this is the first time you’ve seen our name, you’ll quickly find that something we promote pretty heavily is air conditioning maintenance. Let’s face it, it gets hot around here this season, and you need to make sure your air conditioner is prepared. This is true for any building with an air conditioner, but especially commercial properties, which often have extensive needs.

We’re guessing that you want to ensure your building’s occupants are healthy and comfortable, whether it’s employees, tenants, customers, or visitors. Maintenance will accomplish this, plus it will protect your commercial HVAC equipment from overheating or experiencing other problems that can lead to a business interruption. Read on to learn more!

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5 Signs Your AC Needs Help

July 12th, 2021
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Let’s say you’ve just come back indoors after spending a warm day outside enjoying time with your family. You’re probably looking forward to settling down on the couch, or even around the dining room table with your loved ones, only to realize that it doesn’t seem to feel as cool as it should be. Then it hits you–your air conditioner isn’t running, even though you programmed the thermostat for it to run.

Or maybe it is running, but it’s either making odd noises or blowing lukewarm air out of the vents. Whatever the case, you know something is wrong, but is it time to call for professional repairs? Well, it is if you notice any of the 5 following signs:

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Is Professional Duct Cleaning Worth It?

June 28th, 2021

Look, we get it. If you’re like the average homeowner, then you probably don’t think a whole lot about the ductwork that is snaking its way through your home. This is because air ducts are usually hidden from view, and that’s for a reason. They’re not very pretty, right? Plus, they need to be well insulated in order to keep your home cool and comfortable in the summer, and efficiently warm in the winter.

You shouldn’t really need to think about the condition of your air ducts too often, but they do need attention every once in a while. While there’s no need for you to understand all the ins and outs of your ductwork, there are a few things we would like to share with you about how dirty ducts impact your home and why you need professional duct cleaning.

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Are Rooftop Units the Best Choice for Businesses?

June 1st, 2021
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The short answer to this question is, “yes, probably!” But don’t worry, we’ll elaborate a bit more.

When you need to provide effective and efficient heating or cooling to your commercial space, rooftop units are the most popular choice. You’re already familiar with them, even if you’re not aware you are. You’ve seen them on top of buildings, if not in downtown areas or business parks then on TV or in the movies. These systems are common for a reason! We’re about to tell you why…

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Why Does SEER Matter When Choosing a New AC?

May 17th, 2021
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Summer is just about upon us, and temperatures are already warming up. Now is the time to make sure that you and your home are prepared, by either scheduling routine maintenance for your air conditioner or buying a new air conditioner if your aging system is signaling that it’s about to call it quits. But there are a number of factors to consider before purchasing an air conditioner and scheduling its insulation. The type of system it is, the size, and the SEER rating are all factors to pay attention to.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is the rating that applies to all residential air conditioning and heat pump systems in the U.S. Being able to use this rating to its fullest extent is how you ensure that your home is set up with the best AC system possible. Read on to learn more about this rating and what it means!

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Can a UV Air Purifier Really Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

May 3rd, 2021

The short answer to this is “yes” but don’t worry, we’ll elaborate further!

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First, it’s important that we stress why your indoor air quality matters. Too many homeowners hear the phrase indoor air quality and think that it just means ensuring the temperatures are right in your home. This is certainly an important part of your indoor air quality, but it’s not the only part by any means.

When we talk about your indoor air quality, we’re talking about the temperature, the humidity levels, and the level of contaminants in your home. Did you know that without the right indoor air quality products and services in place, the air inside your home can be more polluted than that of outdoors? This is because of how homes are built today—they use tight construction to allow for ideal HVAC efficiency, but this isn’t great news for your indoor air quality. A UV air purifier is one of the many solutions that can help with this! Read on to learn more.

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Do You Need Air Conditioning Repairs?

April 19th, 2021
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While we are on track to open more businesses here in a couple of months, we’re still spending considerably more time in our homes than we have in prior years. With summer right around the corner and temperatures already on the rise, this means you have to ensure you have a fully functional and reliable air conditioner on your side.

How can you ensure this is the case? Well first off, if you haven’t already scheduled air conditioner maintenance, now is the time. Maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your air conditioner to ensure that it works as effectively and efficiently as possible for as long as possible.

Even with maintenance, however, it’s never a bad idea to educate yourself on the signs that your air conditioner does, in fact, need repairs. Read on to learn what some of these signs are:

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