Good point about the dirt. For me it would have to be in the basement which is also pretty dusty/dirty. I also like the idea that it would dehumidify the basement, so maybe I wouldn't need to run the dehumidifier.I
I have a heat pump hot water system. Mine is located in our garage, which is wouldn’t recommend. It is nice to cool the garage off, and I find that with a small window A/C unit, it can make it quite comfortable to work in there in the heat of a Kansas summer. But the reason I wouldn’t recommend it is that it’s quite a dirt location. With that being said, I’ve had it 5 years, and the maintenance I’ve done is blow the filter out frequently (it’s easy to do), and I have taken the top heat pump portion apart to clean the coils as best I can once or so. That is also not a complicated project, just takes a little time. I would recommend a heat pump water tank. It works quite well and keeps up with a family of 7. I have it set in a schedule so that it briefly goes into high demand mode in the evening when we are taking showers, etc., otherwise it runs on the energy efficient mode and the element rarely comes on.