The Heat Helper is a device that when attached to a laundry drying machine reroutes the warm air into the house. It’s not only eco-friendly but saves money too on the heating bill. The inventor of The Heat Helper, professional drainage contractor Lyle Schuette from Derby, Kansas, demonstrated his product on Shark Tank in March 2012. He went into the Tank seeking an investment of $100,000 in exchange for 50 percent equity. Alas, he did not get a deal.
After Shark Tank, Schuette told his local newspaper, the Derby Informer, that he was talking with a Canadian distributor and a Wichita manufacturer, but admitted that his Schuette’s Dirt Works is his primary business. “It’s a one-man operation, so I can make sure it’s done right.” As of January 2019, The Heat Helper website is no longer up, but the company Deflecto of Indianapolis, Indiana is making a similar product (see link above). New episodes of Shark Tank air Sundays at 9pm on ABC. [27 Favorite Shark Tank Products at Amazon — New List]