Fall is a perfect time of year for home improvement, especially if you choose projects wisely that add value and comfort for your home.  Both smaller and smarter home improvements are gaining popularity and lots of new products are hitting the market to help homeowners enjoy the savings.  Here are a few favorite solutions for fall home improvement projects.

IMPROVE WINDOWS.  Replacing outdated, inefficient windows is still one of the best home improvement projects you can do.  Installing energy-efficient windows will start saving you money immediately and will also help you at tax time.  When it comes to energy efficiency, Pella’s Designer Series 750 products are number one among top national wood brands.  The windows feature between-the-glass blinds, fabric shades and removable grilles with exclusive snap-in technology. The Designer Series 750 is one of the quality window and door lines from Pella you can find at Lowe’s.  Many Pella energy-efficient window and door products also qualify for 2010 tax credits.  Learn more at www.Pella.com.

SMART AND STYLISH FAUCETS.  Saving water is important right now, and it’s nice to be able to do that without sacrificing performance or style.  Moen’s Method™ faucet blends clean lines with soft curves to achieve a graceful, modern style in the bath.  The faucet is certified to meet WaterSense® criteria and offers a 1.5 gallon per minute flow rate versus the industry standard of 2.2 gpm, delivering up to a 32% water savings without sacrificing performance.  Method faucets also feature the new Moen 1255™ Duralast™ cartridge, a  state-of-the-art ceramic-disc cartridge that provides a consistently smooth handle feel and the highest levels of quality and durability for the life of the faucet,  Details at www.Moen.com.

EASY TILE UPDATES.  Tiling as a DIY project just got a lot easier thanks to Bondera™ TileMatSet,  a revolutionary new pressure sensitive tile adhesive on a roll that eliminates the stress, mess and fuss of traditional mortar and mastic.  Bondera makes it simple to add the beauty, style and durability of tile to kitchen walls, backsplashes and countertops; bathroom walls and countertops; tub and shower surrounds and other vertical and horizontal areas.  No special skill or technical demands are required.  Bondera saves homeowners significant money—up to 40%, by not having to hire a professional to do tile work.  It can be applied to any clean, flat, level surface including drywall, plywood, existing tile, laminate and Formica™, and tile can be grouted immediately.  Bondera TileMatSet is available exclusively at Lowe’s stores nationwide and on www.Lowes.com.  For more, visit www.bonderatilematset.com.

ENJOY OUTDOOR SPACES SAFELY.  With fall, the nights begin turning cooler—but homeowners don’t have to resign themselves to indoor lives just yet.  Fall can be the perfect time to transform a seldom-used patio or deck into an extension of a home’s living space. Propane appliances such as grills, patio heaters, fire pits and lights help extend the warmth and the activities of summer, while providing the foundation for a homeowner’s upgraded outdoor space.  For a great checklist of do’s and don’ts to make sure your propane appliances are safe for the fall season, visit Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) website at www.usepropane.com.

GET TOOLED UP WITH TAPE.  Keeping a roll or two of Scotch Tough Duct Tapes on hand is a great way to be ready to tackle rough repairs with tough strength all season long.  Scotch Tough Duct Tapes are an ideal solution for those demanding indoor and outdoor repair and maintenance jobs that require excellent adhesion—whether at home, in a recreational setting or at work.  There are six tapes in the line, one for every possible Fall fix-up project.  Scotch Tough Duct Tapes are available at home improvement, mass merchandisers, paint stores and hardware stores nationwide, and range in price from $5.79 to $9.77, depending upon the product.   For more information  visit www.scotchtoughtape.com