Though the North Atlantic hurricane season officially kicks off on June 1 every year, the threat of tropical weather really starts to kick into high gear in August and September. So if you live anywhere near the coastal regions likely to be struck by a severe weather, it pays to be extra prepared this time of year.

Hurricanes = Rain, Lots of Rain

Flood sensors are a great way of adding an extra level of protection against water damage in around the home. Even if you're faced with a tropical storm weak enough to ride out safely at home, you can't keep an eye on every corner of the house at once. Smart flood sensors distributed around the home mean you won't need to - the instant that water starts piling up somewhere it shouldn't, you'll get an immediate notification on your smartphone. And when it comes to water damage, early detection can make mean the difference between headache and heartbreak.

Flooding also brings with it the risk of electrical fires, and although you can't entirely eliminate that risk, combining flood sensors with smart plugs and outlets in and around the home could reduce it. That's the beauty of connected smart home technology—devices can work together even without your input. A flood in the basement could automatically cut power to any electrical devices on the floor.

August Can Be Sticky

And even if you don't get hit with a hurricane, you're likely still dealing with other weather headaches - heat and humidity, for example. The heat you can beat with a good programmable Z-Wave thermostat, but what about the mugginess? If you have a standalone portable dehumidifier, you probably already know that when their reservoirs fill up with water, they stop sucking moisture out of the air. And it isn't always easy to predict when that will happen. With a Z-wave connected water sensor placed strategically inside your dehumidifier, though, you'll be alerted when it's time to dump the water, ensuring that the air in your home stays as dry (and breathable!) as possible all season long.